The Lanka Academic

APRIL 24, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 19

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FM leaves for China and India
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.00 A.M Sunday 25 April. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar will leave for China and New Delhi today (Sunday) on his first overseas visit, after assuming duties as the new foreign minister of the UPFA government. In China, Kadiragmar will meet with his counterpart, Chinese foreign minister Li Zhao Xing and hold bi-lateral discussions with him. He is expected to discuss with the Chinese foreign minister, the role of China and the world today specially in relation to countries like Sri Lanka and also issues such as the propose comprehensive economic partnership agreement which was earlier discussed by the previous government. Kadiragmar is to indicate the desire of the present government to proceed with the agreement.

Kadiragmar will also hold discussions with former Chinese foreign minister, Tang Jiaxuan who is now a member of the Chinese State Counsel. The Sri Lankan foreign minister will also attend the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Economic and Social Council for Asia Pacific ( ESCAP). ESCAP boasts of 63 member countries and the theme of the 60th anniversary celebrations is " Meeting the Challenges in an era of globalization by strengthening regional development cooperation. In Shanghai, the Sri Lankan foreign minister will also meet with other Asian foreign ministers who would be attending the 60th ESCAP celebrations, organized in a grand scale. .

Foreign minister Kadiragamar, leaves for New Delhi on the 28th and meet with his Indian counterpart, Yashwant Singha. Singha is expected to fly from Bihar to the capital New Delhi to meet the Sri Lankan foreign minister, despite his busy schedule during election time. Kadiragamar will also meet with Brijesh Mishra, National Security Advisor of Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee and other Indian leaders.
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Government may sort out Mahaweli issue tomorrow
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 24, 2004, 11.55 pm. The new United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government which has run into problems with its main constituent, the Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna over the Mahaweli subject, is scheduled to hold a decisive meeting tomorrow.

The Government which comprises the Sri Lanka Freedom Party and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna has been haggling on the matter for more than a week now. However sources said that even though the SLFP side was expecting the meeting to be decisive, the JVP is not ready to give into the SLFP easily.

The JVP led by its Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerwansa has informed President Chandrika Kumaratunga numerous times that either she gives his party the Mahaweli or else his Minister’s and Deputy Ministers totalling eight will not take oaths. The Mahaweli Development has for a long time come under the Agriculture Ministry; however, soon after the Alliance government came into power, President Kumaratunga took the Mahaweli subject out of the Agriculture Ministry and gave it to SLFP General Secretary Maithripala SIrisena under a new Ministry titled River basin Development Ministry. But the JVP points out that the Mahaweli has since inception been with the agriculture Ministry and it should stay that way. The agriculture Ministry comes under a senior JVP member.
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Wayamba polls conclude, voter turnout under 50%
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 24, 2004, 11.36 pm. The ‘Wayamba’ elections also known as the North Western Provincial Council election concluded peacefully today evening. However a notable factor was the ‘lethargic’ voter turnout. Sources attached to the Elections Secretariat told the Lanka Academic that the entire voters turn out was under 50% out of just over 1.5 million voters. “Today’s voter turnout was around 45%”, sources said. Some 10,600 police personnel were on duty at all polling stations in the Kurunegala and Puttalam districts due to the poll. However except for a very few minor disturbances, no major incidents were reported.

A total number of fifty councillors will be elected out of 729 candidates to the North Western Provincial Council. The final election results are expected by tomorrow noon. This was the second election within one month for Sri Lanka. The earlier poll was the 13th Parliamentary Election on April 2 in which the United Peoples Freedom Alliance won. Meanwhile elections for the remaining provincial councils such as Western Province and other areas, are expected to be held in June or July, this year.
Published: Sat Apr 24 13:37:34 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Government continues to show very little respect to its Buddhist monks
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 24, 2004, 5.14 pm. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government yesterday blasted the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), following their decision to support the Opposition United National Party on Thursday during the election of the Speaker... Back to the top

Rights group accuses LTTE of re-enlisting child soldiers, April 24 2004 . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels came under attack from an international rights group over alleged attempts to re-enlist hundreds of child soldiers freed this year... Back to the top

Lanka s opposition party welcomes Chandrika s invitation to ..., Sunday, April 25, 2004 . Colombo, Apr 24 (UNI) The main Opposition United National Party (UNP), led by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, today welcomed President Chandrika Kumaratunga's move to invite officially the Norwegian facilitators in a bid to resume the presently stalled peace process with the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

A secret mission to Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 25, 2004. Now it can be told. Barely six months before the Congress lost the elections in 1989, and even after Sri Lanka had given marching orders to the IPKF, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi made a last-ditch attempt to retrieve the situation for implementing the India-Sri Lanka Accord of 1987... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president expects early resumption of peace talks+
Associated Press, Sat April 24, 2004 09:44 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 24 (Kyodo) Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga expects an early resumption of peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels, a presidential spokesman said Saturday... Back to the top

Fifteen rebelling Zimbabwe cricketers left off team for next Sri Lanka match
Associated Press, Sat April 24, 2004 12:46 EDT . JOHN KELLEY - Associated Press Writer - HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) None of the 15 rebelling white Zimbabwe cricketers turned out for practice Saturday and all were left out of the side to play Sri Lanka - in the third of five one-day internationals at Harare Sports Club Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president welcomes Norway's willingness to resume brokering peace talks
Associated Press, Fri April 23, 2004 10:35 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president, a harsh critic of past peace talks, has welcomed Norway's willingness to resume brokering negotiations between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels, her spokesman said Friday... Back to the top

Anti-terror financial network full of holes
Aftenposten, April 23. Norwegian financial institutions don't check whether money flows from Norway to known terror organizations such as Hamas, ETA or the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s President betrayed renegade commander . ., April 23. The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) blasted the Sri Lanka Government for the pandemonium caused in Parliament on Friday, and asked Ms... Back to the top

More than 1000 Sri Lanka child soldiers return home, 23 Apr 2004 10:07. COLOMBO (Reuters) - More than 1,000 children who fought for Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have returned home in the last month, in the biggest release since the start of the island's 20-year civil war, UNICEF said on Friday... Back to the top

S.Lankan Buddhist monk legislators face threats but vows to go ahead, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri April 23, 2004 08:41 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 23 (Xinhua) -- A group of Buddhist monks elected as legislators in Sri Lanka - 's new parliament Friday vowed to go ahead in their task of building a Buddhist righteous state despite receiving death threats... Back to the top

US gives equipment to Sri Lankan farmers in east, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri April 23, 2004 08:11 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officials have given farm equipment worth over 25,000 US dollars to farmers at the Agrarian Service Center in Siyambalanduwa, eastern Sri Lanka - , a US embassy statement available on Friday said... Back to the top

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