The Lanka Academic

MAY 14, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 39

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Kadir-Armitage Pow-wow Washington tells LTTE to give up arms
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, WT 2.40 P.M Friday 14 May. by Bandula Jayasekara in Washington DC- United States Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage said here on Wednesday that the United States will not remove the LTTE from their list of terror groups until the LTTE gives up arms forever and unless they do so they will not have any chance of having a relationship with the United States.

Speaking to reporters after his meeting with Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar at the State Department, Armitage said the US had never supported the LTTE in any way and not given aid to the LTTE at any time and the aid given to the people in the north/east of Sri Lanka have been channeled through the NGO and other organizations.

Speaking on the recruitment of child soldiers by the LTTE, Armitage said it was a big tragedy to recruit child soldiers and there should be a clear stand on the issue. He said "Young girls and boys have been permanently damaged by these acts. The LTTE should change its behavior not only in word but in deed," he said.

Asked by The Island, Deputy Secretary Armitage agreed that the Western media had made an issue out of the JVP and the party’s gain in Sri Lankan politics. He said that the JVP being a partner of the present government shows that it was the aspirations of the people of Sri Lanka and it must be respected. The Senior US official also said the greatest resource Sri Lanka had was its people. Armitage also congratulated President Kumaratunga on her party’s election victory. He said the US was happy that the election was free and fair and that the peace process would resume soon.

Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar thanked the United States for its continued support for Sri Lanka. He said "It is very important to us. The US has always taken a very principled stand with regard to Sri Lanka.

Kadiragamar also said that it was time for the government and the LTTE to lock horns and have hard headed negotiations to see an end to the problem in the country. The Foreign Minister said "Lets finish it now. It is time for Sri Lanka to enjoy the benefits of peace"

Later in the evening, responding to questions from the audience after a public speaking engagement at the Brooking Institution and John Hopkins University in Washington, the Foreign Minister said that nobody wants a separate state and something less than that would be welcome. He said it would be difficult to give a time frame where a solution could be found to the conflict in the country. When questioned if Kadiragamar’s involvement in the peace process may become an impediment, the minister said "I am fully aware that the LTTE would like to see me dead. I did what I did for the country since it was the best at the time. But, if I am an impediment for the peace process. I will stand down. I wouldn’t bother about it at all." Clarifying the issue of the sole representative, the minister said that the

LTTE will be the sole representative at the negotiating table only and that was all. Foreign Minister also said that there cannot be a visible solution to the Sri Lankan problem without the support of India.
Published: Fri May 14 14:41:36 EDT 2004

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US tells LTTE to disarm and enter peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 14, 2004, 11.29 p.m.. The United States today noted that all political parties should be united if the country is to see the success of the peace process. US assistant secretary of state for South Asian Affairs, Christina Rocca who arrived in the country today morning also assured the US government’s fullest cooperation to the Sri Lankan government to achieve permanent peace in Sri Lanka. Addressing a news conference Ms. Rocca also stressed that the LTTE should end all forms of violence and terrorism and they should enter the peace process disarming themselves. She pointed out that the proscription imposed on the LTTE by the United States would not be lifted until these requirements are fulfilled.
Published: Fri May 14 13:32:35 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Kadiragmar meets Powell- Describes the meeting as warm and cordial
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, WT 6. 00 A.M Friday 14 May. By Bandula Jayasekara in Washington DC - Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar met with his counterpart, Secretary of State, General Collin Powell at the Department on Wednesday. Kadiragamar was greeted warmly by General Powell with a warm hug. The two senior politicians who were in Vietnam in 1963, Kadiragamar as a reporter for Amnesty and Powell as a young Lt of the US Army discussed the current situation in Sri Lanka. Minister briefed the Secretary of State on the current state of the Sri Lankan peace process. Powell who was the Chairman of the Millennium Challenge Account congratulated Sri Lanka for its selection as one of the countries that would receive nearly 100 million USD from the US government. Sri Lankan Foreign Minister invited US Secretary of State to visit Sri Lanka, an invitation the Powell gladly accepted.

Foreign Minister Kadiragmar said the meeting was very cordial and he and the US Secretary of State laughed a lot during the meeting. He said the US Secretary of State had so much empathy and a special place for Sri Lanka. Kadiragamar met with Collin Powell in May 2001 when he was the minister of Foreign Affairs. It was the beginning of a cordial relationship among the two. None of the Sri Lankan politicians were able to meet with the US Secretary of State in the past two years since he was not in the US when they visited the country. General Powell had visited Sri Lanka as a young Lt. Colonel in 1983, with the then Defence Secretary Caspar Weinberger called on President J.R. Jayewardene.
Published: Fri May 14 06:08:22 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Jayantha Dhanapala, Secretary General of Peace Secretariat
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, WT 12.42 A.M Friday 14 May. by Bandula Jayasekara in Washington-President Chandrika Kumaratunga has appointed Mr... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Arrests US National on Sex Abuse Charges, Friday, May 14, 2004 9:23 a.m. ET. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka has arrested an American national on charges of child sex abuse, the National Child Protection Authority said on Friday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Former UN official to lead Sri Lanka peace talks, 14/05/200. Sri Lanka has named a former United Nations disarmament chief to lead new peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

U.S. says Tamil Tigers should disarm, renounce violence ``once and for all''
Associated Press, Fri May 14, 2004 08:51 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A senior U.S. official said Friday that Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels should disarm, renounce terrorism ``once and for all'' and enter negotiations to end the country's civil war... Back to the top

US official urges Sri Lankan govt to make peace with Tamil rebels, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri May 14, 2004 14:14 EDT . - - She said she is here to assure Sri Lankans both in and out of power that the United States and Sri Lanka - have enduring bonds of friendship... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

US backs Sri Lanka s bid for peace with rebels, May 14, 2004, 06:10PM EST. COLOMBO, May 14 (Reuters) The United States backs Sri Lanka's bid to end a two-decade civil war, but it won't lift a ban on Tamil Tiger rebels until they renounce violence, a state-owned paper today quoted U S officials as saying Back to the top

Sri Lankan president names former U.N. official to lead government peace efforts
Associated Press, Fri May 14, 2004 02:47 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president Friday appointed a former senior U... Back to the top

Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka second test scoreboard - lunch, May 14, 2004, 07:35 AM EDT. HARARE, May 14 (Reuters) - Scoreboard at lunch on the first day of the second test between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in Bulawayo on Friday... Back to the top

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