The Lanka Academic

APRIL 7, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 2

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Karuna Says Prabhakaran Cannot Force a Solution on the East
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.00 A.M Thursday April 8. (by Bandula Jayasekara in Karuna's Thoppigala Camp) LTTE's rebel eastern commander Karuna Amman says that LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran cannot force a solution on the east and only Karuna has the responsibility to speak on behalf of his people's aspirations and to represent them. He told 'The Island' newspaper "I can tell you openly and clearly that the solution to our people in the east cannot be inflicted or forced by Prabhakaran." He said that he wants a stake in any future peace talks between the government and the LTTE.

Commenting on the new Freedom Alliance government, Karuna told 'The Island "It is a government elected by the people. I hope that they would try to fulfill the aspirations of the people who elected them. He expressed hope that the new government would approach the issues concerning his people in a positive way. LTTE's eastern commander described the new Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapakse as a good person who got long experience as a politician of Sri Lanka. Karuna said, "We think that it is a good appointment."
Published: Wed Apr 7 19:20:49 EDT 2004

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India assures its continuous support to Lankan peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 7, 2004, 11.09 pm . Indian today assured its continuous support to Sri Lanka’s fragile peace process. This message was delivered by the Indian High Commissioner Nirupam Sen, when he met former Foreign Affairs Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar, who is also a frontliner of the newly elected United Peoples Freedom Alliance government.

The Indian High Commissioner reportedly told that even though in the past they (India) did not play a direct role in the peace process, in the future they will act with dedication in the process. He also insisted that a solution to the country’s two decade long ethnic conflict should be found only through discussions.

Mr. Sen also pointed out that India could directly aid in rehabilitation work in the North East and towards uplifting the living conditions of the people by help funding those necessary projects.
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Oath taking ceremony of the new cabinet postponed?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 7, 2004, 10.44 pm. Due to the failure by the main political parties to hand over their national list nominations to the Elections Department, the oath taking ceremony of the new United Peoples Freedom Alliance government is expected to be postponed, even though initial plans was for the ceremony to take place tomorrow (Thursday). However the main parties are now reportedly finalizing the nominations for the national list.

Meanwhile, the United National Party is reported to have run into problems with two of their constituents regarding the number of slots agreed to be given to these two parties. The Ceylon Workers Congress was promised two national seat slots, while the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress was promised four national seat slots respectively. The UNP is reportedly unable to finalise their national list, because the two parties are reportedly demanding more seats, than the amount promised, unconfirmed reports state.
Published: Wed Apr 7 12:50:44 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lankan new PM pledges peace, development, free of corruption, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 14:40 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse has stressed the necessity of implementing an accelerated program to solve burning issues faced by the people of the country, the official Daily News said on Wednesday... Back to the top

S Lanka president likely to take key cabinet posts, Thursday, April 8, 2004. COLOMBO, Apr 7 (Reuters) Sri Lanka's cabinet could be sworn in as soon as tomorrow with President Chandrika Kumaratunga likely to keep top posts for herself, and with deal-making still under way after Friday's vote left her party shy of a majority... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president says her new government is ready to restart peace talks with Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 10:12 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's hardline president said Wednesday her new government would restart peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Chandrika ready to talk with LTTE, April 07, 2004, 20:50 EST. Colombo, April 8. (PTI): Sri Lanka's new government was preparing to open peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, President Chandrika Kumaratunga said over national television on Wednesday Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's hardline president pledges to restart stalled peace talks with guerrillas
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 12:19 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president known for her hardline stance toward the Tamil Tiger separatists said Wednesday her new government would restart peace talks with the guerrillas, who fought a two-decade civil war on this island off southern India... Back to the top

India to play more direct role in Sri Lanka peace process+
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 07:26 EDT . COLOMBO, April 7 (Kyodo) India will play a more direct role in the effort to end Sri Lanka - 's civil war, Asia's longest running conflict, new Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said Wednesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Prime Minister to Halt Bank, Rail Sales (Update3), April 7. Sri Lanka's new prime minister, Mahinda Rajapakse, said he will stop the government's sale of stakes in banks, railways and some other companies, a program that was key to his predecessor's efforts to bolster the economy... Back to the top

At least two killed in post-election violence in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 08:59 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's parliamentary polls were among the least violent in a decade, a group of independent observers said Wednesday, but warned that post-election violence could escalate following the killings of at least two people... Back to the top

Indo-Lanka ties on verge of golden era : Kadirgamar, Wednesday, April 7, 2004 : 1955 Hrs IST. Colombo, April 7. (PTI): Describing Indo-Sri Lanka relations as being on the "verge of a golden era," the island's Foreign Minister-designate Laksman Kadirgamar, today said discussions would be held to involve India in the peace process with LTTE... Back to the top

Corruption, authoritarianism infect Asia's emerging democracies, U.S. watchdog warns
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 02:46 EDT . D'ARCY DORAN - Associated Press Writer - In Sri Lanka - , the Tamil Tiger rebels appeared unwilling to become a democratic group despite their role in the ongoing peace process after two decades of civil war, the report said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan minor party may support new government
People's Daily, 07 April. A political party representing people of Indian origin Tamils said Tuesday that it does not rule out the possibility of joining the new freedom alliance government... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's president and defeated prime minister to meet for talks
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 02:58 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her rival, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, were preparing Wednesday to meet for their first talks since they failed late last year to resolve a feud, leading to last week's snap elections, officials said... Back to the top

President Gayoom congratulates new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, April 07, 2004, 8:15 AM EST. MALE, April 7 -- President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has sent a message to Mahinda Rajapakse, in which he extended warm congratulations and sincere good wishes to him, on behalf of the government and people of the Maldives, and that of his own, on Rajapakse’s assumption of office as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Back to the top

Former Australian skipper lends support to Muralitharan
Associated Press, Wed April 7, 2004 03:14 EDT . - - Muralitharan, who is vying with Australian legspinner Shane Warne to be the most prolific test wicket-taker of all time, was reported for chucking after taking 28 wickets in the recent 3-0 series loss to Australia in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

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