The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 15, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 40

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“Don’t recognise LTTE as sole representatives of Tamils,” EPDP to tell President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 16, 2004, 12.17 a.m.. The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) Leader Douglas Devananda is expected to meet President Chandrika Kumaratunga shortly where he will officially lodge his complaint against the decision taken by the newly elected United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government, to recognise the LTTE as the sole representatives of the Tamil community.

However a date for the President-Devananda meeting has yet not been fixed. Devananda is also the Minister in charge of Hindu Affairs. The EPDP which is a anti-LTTTE party early this week in news release pointed out that at the April 2 General Election, both local and international monitors were witnesses to large scale rigging and fraud in the Tiger dominated North and East, thus favouring the LTTE represented Tamil National Alliance which secured 22 seats in the 225 member legislature.

“Court cases has been filed challenging these elections. As such no section has the right to claim to be the legitimate representatives of the Peoples of the North and East,” it further added.
Published: Sat May 15 14:18:31 EDT 2004


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Akashi back in Colombo to give Sri Lanka’s peace hopes a boost
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 15, 2004, 4.56 p.m.. Japanese Peace Envoy Yasushi Akashi who will arrive today evening is scheduled to hold high level talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse and other relevant officials related to the peace process. He will be in Colombo till the 19th.

This is Mr. Akashi’s seventh visit to Sri Lanka, since he was appointed as the Special Representative of the Government of Japan in October 2002 to the Sri Lanka Peace Process, a Japanese Embassy official told the Lanka Academic. He added that this was also Mr. Akashi’s first visit since the new United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government came into power.

Mr. Akashi will specially focus his attention on the reconstruction of the war torn North and East during his stay, the official added.
Published: Sat May 15 06:58:08 EDT 2004 Back to the top


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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 Back to the top


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... Back to the top

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... 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
wired.com, 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

Former UN official to lead Sri Lanka peace talks
abc.net.au, 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

US backs Sri Lanka s bid for peace with rebels
deepikaglobal.com, 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

Atapattu leads Sri Lanka to strong position
Associated Press, Sat May 15, 2004 07:51 EDT . JOHN KELLEY - Associated Press Writer - HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) Sanath Jayasuriya and his opening partner Marvan Atapattu put together 100 runs for the first wicket Saturday on the second morning of the second test at Queens Sports Club as Sri Lanka - moved to 140 for one wicket against Zimbabwe... Back to the top

Sri Lankan cricket board says ace bowler might not tour Australia after Howard's comments
Associated Press, Sat May 15, 2004 07:15 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan cricket authorities said Saturday that ace offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan might not tour Australia in June, after that country's prime minister accused the bowler of violating the rules of the sport... 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
reuters.co.uk, 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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