The Lanka Academic

MAY 11, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 36

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SLMC agrees to support Government, but lays down two strict conditions
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 11, 2004, 11.49 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has decided to extend its conditional support to the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government. The Party has however laid down two conditions to President Kumaratunga and have said that only if she agrees to these two demands would they support her Alliance, which has only 106 Parliamentary seats in the 225-member legislature.

The two conditions are: that President Kumaratunga abandons the idea of creating a Constitutional Assembly, by abolishing the Executive Presidency and a Separate Independent Muslim Delegation should be accommodated at the peace talks, which is expected to be resumed shortly.

According to the SLMC, if the President agrees to both these demands, their party will support the minority Government in Parliament. The SLMC decided to extend its conditional support following an extensive High Command meeting yesterday night, which went past 2.00 a.m.
Published: Tue May 11 13:59:41 EDT 2004

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Record breaking Murali told not to bowl doosra
Associated Press, Tue May 11, 2004 18:39 EDT . - - ``The report forwarded by Sri Lanka - Cricket proves that the degree of straightening is well outside the ICC's specified levels of tolerance,'' said Malcolm Speed, chief executive of the sport's ruling body, the International Cricket Council.

``In the light of this finding, Sri Lanka - Cricket has now advised the ICC that it has instructed Mr. Muralitharan not to bowl this delivery in international cricket. The ICC supports this action.''

The blow to the Sri Lankan spinner comes three days after he overtook retired West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh as the highest wicket taker in test history.

He took his 520th wicket against Zimbabwe in Harare to set the record and added one more to take the mark to 521.

Now he will have to add to the record without the help of his ``doosra''.

The ICC said that if Muralitharan went against the wishes of his board, bowled this delivery and subsequently was reported within 12 months of the initial report, the issue would progress to stage two of the ICC's process for dealing with bowlers with suspected illegal bowling actions.

This would result in this delivery being scrutinized by the ICC's own bowling review group which has the power to impose a ban of 12 months on the bowler if his action is deemed illegal.
Published: Tue May 11 20:17:58 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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EPDP rejects ‘sole representation’ concept
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 11, 2004, 11.44 p.m.. The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party today out rightly rejected the concept of a ‘sole representation’. Issuing a media release today, the party stated that such a concept is incorrect and anti democratic. The sole representation concept will only lead to the setting up of an authoritarian dictatorship. The EPDP is a Tamil constituent of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance.

“On the contrary we stand for a political culture that would recognize and preserve democracy, pluralism and human rights. It has been our consistent position that a durable peace is possible only through a political solution to the national problem acceptable to all sections of the Sri Lankan society, and only through the participation of all connected parties. We however recognize that prolongation of the ceasefire and other issues connected to the ceasefire need to be discussed only with the LTTE,” the party said

The party pointed out that both local and international monitors have been witnesses to large scale rigging and fraud in the North East during the Parliamentary Election on April 2. “Court cases have been filed challenging thee elections. As such, no section has the right to claim to be the legitimate representatives of the people of the North – East,” the release said.

The party also urged that talks aimed at a permanent solution to the ethnic problem should commence immediately and must be concluded within a specified time limit. It is also our position that discussions aimed at an interim solution would be a futile exercise. The EPDP added that it would continue to extent its fullest support to all meaningful activities.
Published: Tue May 11 13:46:54 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace process faces another snag as Tamil Tiger rebels stall on final settlement
Associated Press, Tue May 11, 2004 12:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's peace process hit another snag Tuesday when Tamil Tiger rebels said the president was getting ahead of herself by proposing they negotiate a permanent end to two decades of ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Norway's foreign minister meets with reclusive Tiger chief amid threats to Sri Lanka 's peace
Associated Press, Tue May 11, 2004 09:11 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norway's foreign minister met with the top Tamil Tiger leader Tuesday in efforts to revive peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the guerrillas that stalled a year ago... Back to the top

Visiting Norwegian FM meets Tamil rebel leader in Northern Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue May 11, 2004 13:34 EDT . - - Visiting Norwegian FM meets Tamil rebel leader in Northern Sri Lanka - , XINHUA ASIA COLOMBO, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen met on Tuesday with Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in the rebel-held northern town of Kilinochchi on the possible resumption of the stalled peace process in the country, the pro-rebel TamilNet website said... Back to the top

LTTE favours India s involvement in talks, uesday, May 11, 2004 . Colombo, May 11 (UNI) The LTTE today favoured India promoting the peace process in Sri Lanka and wanted a discussion on the blue-print proposals for an interim self-rule in the North-East with the newly elected Freedom Alliance government to end the two-decade-old ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Supreme Court to hear case of alleged prisoner abuse
Associated Press, Tue May 11, 2004 01:59 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Supreme Court has agreed to hear a complaint by a prisoner who said he contracted tuberculosis after a police officer forced an infected inmate to spit into his mouth, a human rights group said Tuesday... Back to the top

Kadiragamar Says Peace Process Will be Inclusive
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, WT 12.10 P.M Wednesday 11 May. By Bandula Jayasekara in Washington- Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar says the peace process of the UPFA government would be inclusive and be wide open to public participation... Back to the top

CRKT- Sri Lanka-Money Probe
Associated Press, Tue May 11, 2004 11:46 EDT . - - BC-CRKT- Sri Lanka - -Money Probe COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) - An investigation by cricket's international governing body into the 1.1 million rupees (US$11,500) found in the hotel room of Sri Lanka - 's captain Marvan Atapattu has been dropped, the country's cricket board said Tuesday... Back to the top

FM Says Access and Cross Service Agreement will not be discussed
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, WT 3.40 P.M Monday 10 May. By Bandula Jayasekara Washington -Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said in Washington that Access and Cross Service Agreement to allow US warships and aircrafts to use Sri Lankan bases for refueling will not be discussed with the United States during his visit here... Back to the top

‘ Let ’ s discuss ISGA first ’ , LTTE tells Kumaratunga, May 11, 2004 13:12 GMT. Mr. Anton Balasingham, political advisor to the Liberation Tigers said Tuesday that the LTTE have suggested that their proposal for an Interim Self Governing Authority should be taken up for negotiations first, responding to a suggestion by the Sri Lankan President conveyed through the Norwegian foreign minister to the LTTE leadership Tuesday that there should be parallel talks towards a permanent settlement to the island’s ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Finance Minister Says Peace Agreement Key to Growth, 11 May. May 11 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka may sell stakes in Sri Lanka Telecom Ltd... Back to the top

Maithripala Sirisena is Leader of the House
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 10, 2004, 10.29 p.m.. Minister of River Basin Development and General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Maithripala Sirisena was appointed today as the leader of the house of the 13th Parliament... Back to the top

Sri Lanka May Sell More State Assets, Minister Says (Update2), May 11, 2004 08:40 AM EST. May 11 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka may sell stakes in Sri Lanka Telecom Ltd... Back to the top

SLMM Chief meets Army, Police, LTTE in Batticaloa, May 11, 2004 08:40 AM EST. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Chief Trond Furuhovde will fly to Batticaloa today, to have discussions with the Sri Lanka Army, Police and the LTTE in Batticaloa towards making a united efford to end the killings in the area... Back to the top

Cease-fire monitors: Sri Lanka 's truce, peace process threatened by killings
Associated Press, Mon May 10, 2004 08:39 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European cease-fire monitors on Monday warned that the recent killings in Sri Lanka - of at least nine Tamil Tiger rebels and one army soldier posed a serious threat to a fragile truce and efforts to end the island's 19-year ethnic war... Back to the top

SLA , LTTE agree to develop procedures to prevent k . ., May 11, 2004 08:40 AM EST. The Sri Lanka army and the Liberation Tigers Tuesday agreed in Batticaloa to “develop mechanisms to ensure information sharing and quick reaction procedures to prevent serious crimes and to ensure proper procedures to apprehend individuals perpetrating serious crimes”... Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace process to get int'l boost+
Associated Press, Mon May 10, 2004 04:25 EDT . COLOMBO, May 10 (Kyodo) Continuing international interest in reviving Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace process gathered momentum with the arrival Monday of Norwegian Foreign Minister Jan Petersen to be followed later this week by U... Back to the top

Thousands of families in need of food aid as drought in Sri Lanka sharply reduces rice crops, U.N. agencies say
Associated Press, Mon May 10, 2004 11:02 EDT . - - ROME (AP) More than 67,000 families in north-central Sri Lanka - need food aid because of a drought that has sharply reduced rice paddy production, two U... Back to the top

Representatives of 16 nations eligible for new U.S. foreign aid program visit White House
Associated Press, Mon May 10, 2004 11:59 EDT . - - The 16 countries are Armenia, Benin, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Georgia, Ghana, Honduras, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Senegal, Sri Lanka - and Vanuatu... Back to the top

Ranil planning to reform party
Gulf News, May 10. Colombo: Opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickramasinghe under pressure to reform the defeated party will announce a set of organisational changes tomorrow in a move to regroup in time for the forthcoming provincial elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka navy arrests 36 Tamil refugees returning from India
Associated Press, Mon May 10, 2004 00:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's navy arrested 36 Tamil refugees for allegedly attempting to return home illegally from neighboring India, where they had fled during the island's two-decade civil war, the Defense Ministry said Monday... Back to the top

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