The Lanka Academic

APRIL 15, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 10

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US Continues Its Telephone Diplomacy With Lanka-Kadiragamar to Visit Washington Next Month
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 A.M Friday 16 April. US Deputy Secretary. of State Richard Armitage telephoned Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse Yesterday evening (15th) to congratulate the Prime Minister and expressed hope that peace negotiations would resume soon. The Prime Minister is reported to have reiterated the President's desire to restart the negotiations as soon as possible, a point made by the President to the US Secretary of State Colin Powell in a telephone conversation April 9th. Sources say that Deputy Secretary of State Armitage informed the Prime Minister that the US would be discussing with Norway and with the donor co-chairs the best way in which the US and the rest of the Donor Community can continue to support Sri Lanka's Peace Process.

Armitages call follows the call to President Kumaratunge from US Secretary of State Collin Powell on April 9. Powell has communicated with his counterpart Minister of Foreign Affairs Lakshman Kadirgamar and congratulated the new minister. The two foreign ministers are renewing a relationship from 2001. Sources in Colombo say that the US has invited the new Sri Lankan Foreign Minister to visit Washington at an early date. Diplomatic sources in Colombo told The Lanka Academic that Kadiragamars visit may take place as early as next month.

The US is expected to continue it's "telephone diplomacy" with a call to opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. US represented by Deputy Secretary of State Armitage will participate at a SL Co Chairs meeting in early May hosted by the European Commission/Chris Patten and attended by Norway and Japan and the EU Presidency ( Ireland). This meeting follows the Feb 17, 2004 meeting hosted by the US in Washington, DC at which the Co-Chairs noted progress in the peace process and re-affirmed the indicators contained in the Tokyo Declaration for the economic and financial support worth US$ 4.5billion pledged in June 2003.
Published: Thu Apr 15 21:11:18 EDT 2004

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LTTE holds talks with security forces in Vavuniya
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 15, 2004, 11.50 pm. The LTTE Eastern Province Leadership comprising Ramesh and Kausalyan held extensive talks over the prevailing security situation with Sri Lankan security forces at the Divisional Secretariat in Vavuniya, today afternoon. Today’s discussion was chaired by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Chief Trond Furhovde, while Brigadier Vajira Wijegunawardena Col. L. Amaratunge from the Eastern Province represented the Army at the talks.

Meanwhile the LTTE Peace Secretariat in a statement issued today stated that, “A meeting was held between the GOC Brigadier Vajira Wijeyagoonewardena, Sri Lanka Army 23 Division and Ramesh, LTTE Special Commander, Batticaloa and Amparai district and their delegations. The meeting took place in the Divisional Secretariat of Vavunativu today. It was chaired by Head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, Major General Trond Furuhovde.

The main topic at the discussions was the restoration of relations between the Sri Lanka Army and the LTTE in the Batticaloa and Amparai districts. The meeting was conducted in a cordial and pleasant atmosphere.
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SLMM back to work in Eastern province
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 15, 2004, 11.10 pm. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) today announced that they were back to their monitoring activities in the Eastern region which was held under the control of LTTE renegade Leader Karuna Amman.

According to the SLMM’s Hagrup Haukeland, the Monitors abstained from their activities in areas under the control of Karuna, as he was not bound by the Ceasefire Agreement signed between former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and LTTE Leader V. Prabhakaran in February 2002. “Monitors returned to their work yesterday,” the SLMM official is reported to have said. Meanwhile, the general situation in the Eastern province is reportedly ‘peaceful’ after the Wanni Leadership took over the Eastern province, which was initially under Karuna’s control.
Published: Thu Apr 15 13:11:48 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Election of Speaker- JHU May Abstain From Voting
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.00 P.M Thursday 15 April. The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) may not extend their support either to the UNP or to the Freedom Alliance and may abstain from voting, when the new parliament meets on 22 April to elect the speaker... Back to the top

Ceasefire reaffirmed in Sri Lanka, 15 April. THE Sri Lankan military and Tamil Tigers agreed today to honour a cease-fire recently threatened by a split in the rebel ranks, truce monitors said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army denies harbouring breakaway rebel, April 15, 2004, 10:45 AM EST. Colombo: Sri Lanka's military denied on Thursday it was harbouring a breakaway rebel commander as the Tamil Tigers warned any assistance to the renegade they ousted at the weekend would damage the island's peace process... Back to the top

Why did a powerful renegade Tiger give up so quickly?
Associated Press, Wed April 14, 2004 20:40 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) For 42 days, one of the best-known commanders in the Tamil Tigers' ruthless fighting machine held onto his fiefdom after breaking away from the main rebel group... Back to the top

Mahinda Rajapakse: Kumaratunga s yes man
com, 15 April , 2004. Mahinda Rajapakse, 58, was sworn in as Sri Lanka's new prime minister last week after the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the general elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Tamil Tiger Rebels Free 220 Child Soldiers in East, April 15, 2004, 10:45 AM EST. April 15 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam freed about 220 child soldiers belonging to a splinter group as it stamped out resistance from the breakaway faction in the east of the country... Back to the top

More Than 1000 Child Soldiers in LTTE Ranks- UNICEF
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.45. A.M Thursday 15 April. United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says that it is possible that more than 1000 child soldiers are still in the ranks of the LTTE and the Agency is trying to get a pledge from the LTTE not to recruit child soldiers in the future... Back to the top

No difference between Chandrik and Ranil-JHU
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.00 A.M Thursday 15 April. The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) says that the party do not see any difference between President Chandrika Kumaratunge and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghes policy in dealing with the LTTE... Back to the top

LTTE , SLA agree to restore relations in Batticaloa . ., April 15, 2004, 10:45 AM EST. The Liberation Tigers and the Sri Lanka army held discussions Wednesday afternoon on restoring relations in the Batticaloa and Amparai districts in Vavunathivu, 5 kilometres northwest of the Batticaloa town... Back to the top

LTTE operative linked to Rajiv Gandhi assassination killed, 11.14 IST 15th Apr 2004 . A top Tamil Tiger intelligence operative linked to the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi has been shot dead by a renegade Tiger leader just before going underground, rebels and military sources said in Colombo today... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers back in control of east, trying to hunt down renegade leader
Associated Press, Tue April 13, 2004 23:34 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels were back in full control of eastern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, and launched a new search for a renegade guerrilla leader who had carved out a fiefdom there but whose forces dissipated in recent days in the face of a rebel onslaught... Back to the top

European cease-fire monitors to meet Tamil Tiger rebels, after renegade guerrilla leader's faction collapses
Associated Press, Thu April 15, 2004 03:43 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The top European monitor of a cease-fire between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels was traveling to eastern Sri Lanka - to meet with guerrilla leaders Thursday, days after fighting between rival insurgent factions... Back to the top

Muralitharan to tour Zimbabwe; Hashan Tillakaratne omitted from the squad
Associated Press, Thu April 15, 2004 00:18 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka AP) Controversial offspinner Muthiah Muralitharan has been included in Sri Lanka - 's squad to tour Zimbabwe in a move national cricket administrators hope will end speculation over his bowling action... Back to the top

Report: Renegade Tamil Tiger leader killed man linked to Gandhi assassination
Associated Press, Thu April 15, 2004 04:30 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A renegade Tamil Tiger commander early this week shot and killed a rebel agent that his forces linked to the 1991 assassination of India's prime minister, executing the man before fleeing an onslaught by rival rebels, news reports said Thursday... Back to the top

Surrendered cadres killed by Prabhakarans forces - EPDP
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 1.00 P.M Wednesday 14 April. According to the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP)website their eastern sources have revealed that hundreds of Eastern cadres who were under Karuna and surrendered to Prabhakarans forces were shot and killed... Back to the top

Jaffna looks to future
BBC, Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 April, 2004, 12:0. By Soutik Biswas BBC News Online correspondent in Jaffna Life is changing in Sri Lanka as the trappings of modern life intrude after years of war... Back to the top

Lanka's minority govt in a hurry to change constitution
Hindustan Times, April 14. As on date, the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is running a minority government in Sri Lanka, seven MPs short of a majority... Back to the top

Sri Lankan forces help Karuna flee
Hindustan Times , April 14. The leader of the breakaway faction of the LTTE, Eastern Commander Col Karuna, has dispersed his forces and fled to an unknown destination outside Eastern Sri Lanka, possibly with the help of the Sri Lankan armed forces... Back to the top

Report: Some deported terror suspects being tortured
Associated Press, Wed April 14, 2004 10:00 EDT . CHAKA FERGUSON - Associated Press Writer - Several nations, including Canada, Germany, Britain and the United States, have extradited terrorist and national security suspects to countries where Human Rights Watch said torture is widespread, such as Egypt, the Philippines, Russia, Sri Lanka - , Syria and Uzbekistan, the report said... Back to the top

Karuna s associate returns to LTTE, April 14. Mr.Visu (Sinnathamby Gopalan), who was appointed as the political head of the Karuna group in Batticaloa and Amparai districts by the renegade commander Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan when he broke away from the Liberation Tigers, rejoined the LTTE Wednesday afternoon in Batticaloa town, sources said. Back to the top

Sri Lankan cricket board says it has received report on Muralitharan's bowling action
Associated Press, Wed April 14, 2004 06:30 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan cricket board said Wednesday it has received a confidential report on ace offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action ahead of a formal release... Back to the top

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