The Lanka Academic

APRIL 21, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 16

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Tough test for Lanka Prez in Parliament, APRIL 21. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga is headed for a major test tomorrow when her minority government faces its first parliamentary test when a speaker is elected. Officials in her office said she was engaged in talks to drum up support from smaller parties for her communist candidate D.E.W. Gunasekara to be the Speaker of the 13th Parliament of Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Wed Apr 21 21:50:05 EDT 2004

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CWC is likely to sit in the Opposition and support the UNP
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 21, 2004, 10.06 p.m.. The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) which secured eight parliamentary seats at the April 2 General Election is most likely to support the United National Party. However, an official decision on the matter is expected to be taken a few minutes before the ceremonial opening of the 13th Parliament, scheduled to take place at 10.00 a.m. tomorrow.

The CWC members are reported to have told their leader Arumugam Thondaman that he should make the decision, whether or not the Congress should support the United National Party, sources told the Lanka Academic.

Sources also said that even though the CWC was initially planning to support the United Peoples Freedom Alliance government, due to the ongoing internal rifts, they have decided against it due to the government’s lack of stability. The government secured only 105 seats at the election and is eight seats short of a working majority in parliament.
Published: Wed Apr 21 12:08:18 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka 's new government battles to end internal rifts ahead of first test in Parliament
Associated Press, Wed April 21, 2004 13:12 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A key Marxist partner in Sri Lanka - 's new government boycotted the ruling coalition's first Cabinet meeting Wednesday amid a power struggle that threatens to overshadow the first session of the new parliament, officials said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's ruling alliance, which includes the Marxist People's Liberation Front, emerged just eight seats short of an absolute majority in Sri Lanka - 's 225-seat parliament in April 2 snap elections.

The new parliament convenes for the first time Thursday and will hold a crucial vote for the powerful post of parliament speaker.

Kumaratunga was talking with party stalwarts in an effort to end the crisis over the river basin ministry, officials in her office said. The dispute has embarrassed her government and hindered the appointment of a full Cabinet.

The Marxist party, also known as JVP, says Kumaratunga promised it the ministry post, but later reneged. Angered by the perceived slight, the Marxists boycotted the new Cabinet's first meeting on Wednesday, officials said.

The JVP also refused to attend an April 10 ceremony inaugurating the 31-member Cabinet and have refused to take charge of the four ministries they were given.

The party has vowed not to withdraw from the ruling coalition and said it would attend Thursday's parliament session.

Weerawansa said Wednesday his party would settle for the post of deputy minister provided Kumaratunga heads the river basin ministry, a move that would effectively give the JVP control since the president's attention is spread over several portfolios.

Kumaratunga's party has so far not decided on the proposal, which would require it to remove the current minister.

Tension over the key government posts marks the latest political setback for the island nation as it tries to maintain a fragile two-year cease-fire and resume peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

The peace process was thrown into limbo in November when Kumaratunga took over three ministries, including the powerful defense portfolio, accusing then-Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of making too many concessions to the rebels.

Kumaratunga then dissolved Parliament and ordered elections on April 2, more than three years ahead of schedule.

She has pledged to resume peace talks with the rebels, but the internal squabbles have threatened to derail negotiations. The rebels have said they will resume fighting if their demand for sweeping autonomy in Sri Lanka - 's northeast is not met.

The rebels began fighting in 1983 for a homeland for minority Tamils. A truce signed in 2002 halted the fighting, but subsequent peace talks broke down when the rebels pulled out.

Two key minority parties one representing the island's Tamils and another led by Buddhist clergy together could hold the margin of victory in Thursday's vote for speaker.

The JVP has 39 seats in Kumaratunga's 105-seat alliance.
Published: Wed Apr 21 15:18:43 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Karuna claims he is in Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.45 A.M Wednesday 21 April. LTTE's former Eastern Commander, Karuna claims that he is very much in Sri Lanka and will not run away like a coward from Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Cabinet struggle for Kumaratunga, Wednesday, 21 April. Sri Lanka's president is battling to shore up her new coalition government ahead of a key parliamentary vote scheduled for Thursday... Back to the top

Parliament commences at 10.00 a.m. tomorrow
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 21, 2004, 10.01 pm . The ceremonial sittings of Sri Lanka’s 13th Parliament will be held tomorrow morning at 10.00 a... Back to the top

LTTE criticizes UNICEF over recent statements, April 21. Mr. S.P. Thamilchelvan, the political head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, has expressed disappointment with the resident representative of the UNICEF in Sri Lanka, Mr... Back to the top

Tyronne Trying To Accomplish Personal Agenda- Moratuwa UC
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.30 P.M Wednesday 21 April. United National Party group of the Moratuwa Urban Council say it is regrettable that former minister of foreign affairs Tyronne Fernando is taking actions in order to accomplish his own personal agenda... Back to the top

Computer Associates' top exec Kumar resigns amid accounting probe
Associated Press, Wed April 21, 2004 11:29 EDT . BRIAN BERGSTEIN - AP Technology Writer - Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka - , in 1962, Kumar and his family emigrated to the United States when he was 14... Back to the top

Colonel Karuna - "We are very much within Sri Lanka –"
Asian Tribune, April 21. Varathan blatantly denied the allegation that they were working under the orders of the RAW (Research Analysis Wing) of India... Back to the top

Security beefed up for North Western Provincial Council polls
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 20, 2004, 11.51 pm. All necessary security arrangements have been finalized to hold a free, fair and peaceful North-Western provincial council election scheduled for April 24, Inspector General of Police Indra Silva announced today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's shaky new government battles to end internal rift ahead of first test in Parliament
Associated Press, Wed April 21, 2004 03:14 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's new government battled to resolve an internal power struggle with its key Marxist ally on Wednesday, a day ahead of a crucial first test of strength in Parliament, officials said... Back to the top

Envoy to woo investors to Sri Lanka
The Star Online, April 21, 2004, 7:40 AM EST. KUALA LUMPUR: Sri Lankan High Commissioner, Rosy Senanayake, who has been recalled by the new government in her country, wants to work on her passion of promoting her country as a haven for investors when she returns... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's Muralitharan runs risk of being banned by ICC for one year
Associated Press, Wed April 21, 2004 02:05 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's star offspinner, Muthiah Muralitharan, risks a one-year ban if umpires report him for throwing in any match before March 2005, the International Cricket Council said... Back to the top

ICC, Chris Broad hit back at Sri Lanka Cricket
Associated Press, Wed April 21, 2004 05:00 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The International Cricket Council hit back at Sri Lanka - 's cricket board Wednesday, saying it has received no evidence to support allegations of wrongdoing against ICC match referee Chris Broad during the last months test series against Australia... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Tiger leader maps strategy with Tamil lawmakers+
Associated Press, Tue April 20, 2004 09:19 EDT . - - -held Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka - . The meeting between Prabhakaran and the TNA group, which makes up a vital block in Sri Lanka - 's hung parliament, was held 48 hours ahead of the first meeting of new parliament where the minority government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is desperately seeking to iron out differences with its Marxist junior partner... Back to the top

Devananda Says ITAK Represents Thieves
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.00 P.M Tuesday 20 April. Minister of Agricultural Marketing Development, Hindu Affairs & Tamil Language Schools and Vocational Training (North) Douglas Devananda says members of the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) has no right to criticize his appointment as a minister of the UPFA government since the ITAK members represent a bunch of thieves... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's Buddhist monks accuse government of failing to crush Tamil Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Tue April 20, 2004 08:48 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A group of influential Buddhist monks Tuesday accused the Sri Lankan government of a ``great betrayal,'' by failing to exploit a split in the Tamil Tiger rebel movement to crush the guerillas... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers warn government not to take up arms again
Associated Press, Tue April 20, 2004 00:48 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels are warning Sri Lanka - 's new hard-line government against resorting to a ``military solution'' to end the country's two-decade civil war, saying a resumption in peace talks is the only way forward... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebel chief wants peace talks to focus on self-rule proposal
Associated Press, Tue April 20, 2004 12:57 EDT . - - KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka - (AP) The leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels told a pro-guerrilla political party on Tuesday that peace talks with Sri Lanka - 's new government should focus on the rebels' blueprint for self rule, rebel officials said... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger leader briefs new MPs, April 20, 2004, 14:50 EST. The Tamil Tiger leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, has briefed 22 Tamil MPs elected earlier this month in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Buddhist Group Blames Sri Lanka Gov't for Missing Chance to Crush Tamil Rebels
News VOA.COM, April 20, 2004, 14:50 EST. Tamil Tigers eastern division (VOA photo - P. Nunan) A group of influential Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka has accused the island's government of betraying its people by failing to exploit a recent split in the Tamil Tiger rebel movement... Back to the top

S.Lankan govt urges Tamil rebels to abide by truce, 20/04/2004. COLOMBO, April 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan Defense Secretary Cyril Herath has expressed grave concern over numerous cease-fire violations committed by Tamil Tiger rebels when he met with the deputy head of the truce monitors, The Island newspaper reported on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka beats Zimbabwe by 12 runs
Associated Press, Tue April 20, 2004 11:46 EDT . - - BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) Sri Lanka - beat Zimbabwe by 12 runs in a rain-affected first one-day cricket international at Queens Sports Club on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka welcomes ICC's decision on Chris Broad
Associated Press, Tue April 20, 2004 06:36 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - applauded the International Cricket Council's decision to replace referee Chris Broad in the ongoing series against Zimbabwe, and urged a review of the officials' list for Sri Lanka - 's series against Australia later this year... Back to the top

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