The Lanka Academic

MAY 13, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 38

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Breakthrough in Sri Lanka talks, May 13, 2004, 1:07 PM EDT. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels say they have reached an agreement to revive stalled talks with the government. More...
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Secretary of State Powell was in Sri Lanka as a young Army Officer
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, WT 1.05 P.M Thursday 13 May. By Bandula Jayasekara Washington DC - United States Secretary of State, General Collin Powell who will met with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadragamar yesterday is no stranger to Sri Lanka. He visited the island in 1983, not as a General or a diplomat but as a young Lt. Colonel. Powell visited Sri Lanka along with US Secretary of Defence, Casper Weinberger in 1983 when. Weinberger called on President J.R.Jayawardane at the Presidents House in Colombo. Since then General Powell had not forgotten about the island of Sri Lanka and the large banyan tree at the Presidential garden. On several occasions the General had mentioned about the majestic banyan tree first to Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar when they met in 2001, May at the State Department. Subsequently the minister had gifted Powell with a photograph of the Banyan Tree. It also said that Secretary Powell’s deputy, Richard Armitage too had visited Sri Lanka with Weinberger.

Foreign Minister Kadiragamar who has an excellent rapport with the US Secretary of State described the US Secretary of State as a warm hearted and an understanding human being. They met at the State Department yesterday and had a warm and cordial discussion on US/Sri Lanka relations.
Published: Thu May 13 13:07:21 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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SLMC goes solo at Provincial Council polls
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 14, 2004, 1.07 p.m. . The Country’s predominant Muslim party, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, has decided to contest the forthcoming Provincial Council elections alone. According to sources this decision was taken early this week at the party’s High Command meeting presided by its Leader Rauff Hakeem. Sources say this decision to contest solo was taken following the SLMC’s decision to extend conditional support to the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government. “If they contested under the United National Party, they may find it difficult to support the Government as they will be tied to a electoral agreement,” sources told the Lanka Academic. However the party is yet to decide whether they are to contest the Kandy and Badulla districts by themselves or contest under another major political party. But the SLMC will contest other districts by themselves.
Published: Thu May 13 15:19:29 EDT 2004 Back to the top

CWC not yet decided whether to go solo at the forthcoming polls
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 14, 2004, 12.50 p.m.. The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), which contested the April 2, Parliamentary elections under the United National Party (UNP), will decide during the weekend, whether they will contest the forthcoming Provincial Council Elections by themselves or continue to go contest under the UNP banner... Back to the top

One organisation to handle North-East relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction work
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 13, 2004, 11. 36 p.m.. In a move to streamline the various activities of the Government and Non-Government agencies engaged in Rehabilitation and Reconstruction work in the North-East, President Chandrika Kumaratunga has decided to bring various institutions dealing with this subject under one umbrella organization, namely the Ministry of Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconciliation... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition slams government peace moves with Tamil rebels, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu May 13, 2004 13:30 EDT . - - COLOMBO, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main opposition United National Party (UNP) led by former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Thursday slammed the government's peace moves with the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to legalise cannabis, May 12. SRI Lanka plans to lift a ban on growing cannabis and begin government cultivation of the plant, which is a key ingredient in traditional medicine, a minister was quoted saying today... Back to the top

US embassy begins finger scanning Sri Lankan visa applicants
Associated Press, Thu May 13, 2004 12:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankans who want to enter the United States will be required to undergo a fingerprints scan as part of new security measures being adopted by the Department of Homeland Security, an embassy official said Thursday... Back to the top

Woman jailed for faking Sri Lankan husband s death, May 13. SINGAPORE (dpa) - A mother of four was jailed for a year in Singapore for her role in faking the death of her Sri Lankan husband for 16 years in a scheme to cheat insurance firms, news reports said Wednesday... Back to the top

Tamil rebels say they have reached agreement with government to restart stalled peace talks
Associated Press, Thu May 13, 2004 06:08 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil rebels said Thursday they have reached an agreement with the government to restart peace talks that have been stalled for a year... Back to the top

Norwegian peace negotiator makes unexpected visit to meet Sri Lanka 's Tamil Tiger rebels
Associated Press, Thu May 13, 2004 01:48 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A senior Norwegian peace negotiator flew Thursday to northern Sri Lanka - for unscheduled talks with leaders of the Tamil Tiger rebels in the latest attempt to salvage the country's fragile peace process, officials said... Back to the top

India’s Request for Prabhakaran’s Extradition Still Remains- Kadiragamar
Bandula Jayasekara in Washington DC, WT 10.55 A.M Thursday 13 May. Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar said in Washington today that India’s request for extradition of LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran still remains and both the BJP and the Congress Party has said it is an issue which does remains on the table... Back to the top

Minister says new government wants peace talks to resume but doesn't want to set a date
Associated Press, Thu May 13, 2004 11:55 EDT . - - WASHINGTON (AP) Sri Lanka - 's new government wants to resume stalled peace talks with Tamil rebels but believes it would not be helpful at present to set a date, Foreign Minister Laksman Kadirgamar said Thursday... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels say date for Sri Lanka peace talks will be announced in next 48 hours
Associated Press, Thu May 13, 2004 04:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government and the Tamil Tiger rebels will announce the date and place for the resumption of peace talks in the next 48 hours, according to the pro-rebel TamilNet Web site... Back to the top

Senior U.S. official to visit Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed May 12, 2004 00:35 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The top U.S. official for South Asia will visit Sri Lanka - this week to discuss bilateral and regional issues, the U... Back to the top

Priority Should Be Given To Sri Lanka s Displaced, 13 May 2004. UNHCR Inspector General Dennis McNamara called for renewed attention to the plight of Sri Lanka's hundreds of thousands of displaced persons as the country looks forward to the resumption of peace talks... Back to the top

Rice Says US Supports Human Rights and Democracy in Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, WT 4.40 P.M Wednesday 12 May. By Bandula Jayasekara Washington DC- Dr. Condoleezza Rice, National Security Advisor to President George Bush said the United States is supportive and is keenly interested on human rights, democracy, pluralism and the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka and would maintain a steady interest in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

ACC signs deal with Sri Lanka for Asia Cup, May 13, 2004, 8:00 AM EDT. Colombo: The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has formalised a deal with Sri Lanka to host the six-nation Asian Cup, saying they hoped to finalise television rights Back to the top

South Africa to start cricket tour of Sri Lanka in July
Associated Press, Thu May 13, 2004 09:34 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) South Africa's will play Sri Lanka - in two tests and five limited-over matches starting July, the cricket board said Thursday... Back to the top

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