The Lanka Academic

MAY 3, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 28

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“We want you,” LTTE tells Norway
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 3, 2004, 10.29 p.m. . Amidst a hardline stand by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) that Norway should be sidelined in the peace process, the LTTE has made it very clear that the Norwegians should play a major role in the process. “Norway's role is vital and it should continue,” LTTE political Wing Leader S.P. Thamilselvam told Norway's special peace envoy Erik Solheim and Ambassador Hans Bratskar when they met at the LTTE peace Secretariat in Killinochci today.

Political sources told the Lanka Academic that in the event President Kumaratunga do decide to sideline the Norwegians, due to pressure from the JVP, it could even lead to serious repercussions. “There is immense possibility that the LTTE will not agree to resume peace talks with the new Government, if the Norwegians don’t play a vital role in the peace process. They may even go back to war” sources warned.
Published: Mon May 3 12:31:45 EDT 2004

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“We don’t want Norway”, JVP informs President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 3, 2004, 10.00 p.m.. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which is the second largest constituent of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government has informed President Chandrika Kumaratunga that India should be given the role as ‘mediators’ in the peace process, and Norway should be sidelined.

The Daily Mirror reported today “Ms. Kumaratunga, is facing a dilemma, following the JVP stand that the Norwegians should be sidelined, and instead the role should be given to Neighbouring India. Ms. Kumaratunga is finding difficulty in making such a drastic turnaround.”

The President however is yet to response to the JVP request. Citing reasons for their demand, the JVP Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa is reported to have said that the people are not very satisfied with the Norwegians, as they have failed to play an impartial role in the process. And at many instances have sided with the LTTE, even when the LTTE was wrong.
Published: Mon May 3 12:09:21 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka’s estate sector comes to a standstill
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 3, 2004, 10.23 p.m.. Estate workers who observed a token strike today, warned the newly elected United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government of much more severe repercussions if they failed to arrest the police and Army officers who were responsible for the killing of the two estate workers who were shot during an ethnic riot last Wednesday in the Nuwara-Eliya district.

Thousands of estate sector workers stayed back at home today, to stage their protest against the incident, which left two Tamil youths dead and more than 30 others injured. Workers from the Nuwara Eliya, Badulla and Kandy districts took part in the strike. Officials indicated that more 300,000 workers had not reported to work at their respective estates, and companies.
Published: Mon May 3 12:27:53 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Tamil Tigers say they're ready to resume peace talks, if condition met
Associated Press, Mon May 3, 2004 10:28 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels said Monday they are ready to resume peace talks if the negotiations are based on their proposal for self-rule, which was previously rejected by President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

India News What role can we play , India asks Sri Lanka, May 03, 2004, 02:15 PM EST. Chennai, May 3 (IANS) : India is interested in lasting peace in Sri Lanka and had asked the island nation's new government what role New Delhi could play in the country's Norwegian-brokered peace process... Back to the top

Norwegian mediators meet Sri Lankan president to discuss restarting peace talks with Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Sun May 2, 2004 02:35 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norwegian mediators flew to a mountainous resort town Sunday for a key meeting with President Chandrika Kumaratunga to discuss ways to revive stalled peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

LTTE arms reach Colombo
Dawn, COLOMBO, May 2. A considerable part of LTTE armoury belonging to the dissident LTTE eastern wing militant, Karuna has reached Colombo, police sources said... Back to the top

Karuna Group claims responsibility for attack on LTTE in Kiran., May 2. LTTE's renegade eastern leader Col. Karuna's group is alleged to have assasinated a LTTE leader on Saturday near Kiran... Back to the top

India not averse to playing a role in Sri Lanka again: Sinha, May 03, 2004, 08:10 AM EST. India is not averse to playing an active role in restoring peace to strife-torn Sri Lanka if that country so desires, said External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha here today... Back to the top

Sri Lankan provincial election reveals widespread political ..., may 3. Sri Lanka’s ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has hailed the outcome of council elections in the northwest province (Wayamba) on April 24 as a “massive victory” for the government... Back to the top

Launching of Neruppu - Fire – an online daily of Colonel Karuna group.
Asian Tribune, May 1. Neruppu. Com – literally meaning The Fire, a new online Tamil daily has been launched to prpogate the ideals of the Batti-Amparai Liberation Tigers Organization led by Colonel Karuna... Back to the top

Wikremesinghe urges halt to slur campaign
gulf news, MAY 1. Colombo: Sri Lanka's main opposition party led by former prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday called the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to stop a mud-slinging campaign against the newly elected Buddhist monks to Parliament and vowed to build local and international pressure on the government to stop criticising the monks... Back to the top

Media group says Sri Lankan police not pursuing probe into BBC reporter's slaying
Associated Press, Sun May 2, 2004 08:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An international media rights group criticized Sri Lankan police for not doing enough in the investigation of the killing of a British Broadcasting Corp... Back to the top

Norwegian peace brokers say Sri Lanka peace talks won't resume soon.
Associated Press, Sun May 2, 2004 09:22 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels won't likely resume soon, Norwegian peace brokers said Sunday, following a meeting with the island's President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

Jayawardene, Sangakkara lift Sri Lanka, May 03, 2004, 08:10 AM EST. Harare: Sri Lanka enjoyed a runs' festival against Zimbabwe 'A' at Takashinga Cricket Club in the high density Harare suburb of Highfield ... Back to the top

Zimbabwe A force draw with Sri Lanka in tour match, May 03, 2004, 02:15 PM EST. HARARE, May 3 (Reuters) - Zimbabwe A forced a draw in their three-day tour match against Sri Lanka on Monday, bolstered by dogged innings from Trevor Gripper and Prosper Utseya... Back to the top

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