The Lanka Academic

MAY 21, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 46

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Sri Lankan gov't seeks positive role for truce monitors, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri May 21, 2004 13:17 EDT . - - to the notice of the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and the international community. We strongly condemn the killing of the police intelligence operative in Batticaloa by suspected LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) pistol gang members. Such actions perpetrated under the cover of the truce are totally unacceptable, he said. Unlike in the past where the government maintained an indifferent attitude towards the killings of military intelligence agents and informants, we want to enlighten the international community over these violations. Each and every incident in future will be brought to their notice in future, he said.

It does not mean that we are for war but any violation of the ceasefire agreement should be highlighted and condemned, Cooray added. The truce agreement signed between the previous government of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the LTTE in February 2002 has largely been held but there have been over 100 killings of military operatives, informants and rival political members by suspected LTTE rebels since then.

Both sides entered into Norwegian-brokered peace talks seven months after the signing of the truce agreement and the rebels walked out the talks in April last year after holding six rounds of talks.

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Tyronne Fernando joins Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 21, 2004, 11.28 p.m.. Former Foreign Minister and ex United National Party (UNP) stalwart Tyronne Fernando joined the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today. He received his SLFP membership from President Chandrika Kumaratunga at the President’s house in Colombo.

Mr. Fernando who was a very senior member of the now Opposition UNP, served it for nearly 30 years. He resigned from the UNP 3 weeks ago, citing that the party had caused him ‘immense injustice’, after they failed to give him a National Seat slot in Parliament, after the conclusion of the April 2 General Elections. The SLFP and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna are the two main constituents of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government.
Published: Fri May 21 13:31:10 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Pro Hakeem supporters demonstrates in Colombo
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 21, 2004, 11.17 p.m.. Supporters of Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader Rauff Hakeem took to the streets today in Colombo expressing their continuous support to their leader, who is in the centre of an alleged sex and blackmail scandal.

The protest took place soon after the conclusion of the weekly Friday prayers observed by the Muslims, with a few hundreds pro Hakeem supporters taking part in the protest, and demanding the immediate sacking of two SLMC MPs who are allegedly behind this scam and the other MP who recently defected from the party. The protestors carrying placards and shouting slogans, called upon the SLMC leader and High Command members to mete out harsh punishment to MPs Rishard Badiudeen, M. Najeeb and the National List MP who recently joined the Government H. Bhaila.
Published: Fri May 21 13:18:58 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Explosion kills Tamil Tiger rebel in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Fri May 21, 2004 08:24 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An explosion in eastern Sri Lanka - killed at least one Tamil Tiger fighter, rebel officials said Friday... Back to the top

Norwegian peace envoy to visit Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri May 21, 2004 11:49 EDT . - - Norwegian peace envoy to visit Sri Lanka - , XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

ADB vice president to visit Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri May 21, 2004 11:45 EDT . - - ADB vice president to visit Sri Lanka - , XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Reprieve for Tamil Tiger leader facing deportation
com, 21 May , 2004, 10:34. Toronto: A man accused by Canadian intelligence services of being a Tamil Tiger leader won a stay of his deportation to Sri Lanka, after claiming he could face torture... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s BOI seeks investors for North-East, May 21. Sri Lanka Board of Investment (BOI) has established a Regional Economic Development Office (REDO) in Trincomalee town... Back to the top

Japanese Envoy Says Sri Lankan Aid Tied to Peace, BBC Reports, May 21 . May 21 (Bloomberg) -- Yasushi Akashi, Japan's envoy to Sri Lanka, said definite progress is needed in peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels before the country receives $4.5 billion in international aid pledges, the British Broadcasting Corp... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s businesses seeking trade partners in Ho Chi Minh City, May 21, 2004, 11:05 EDT. HCM City, May 21 (VNA) – A Sri Lankan trade delegation is on a visit to Ho Chi Minh City to explore business and investment opportunities and seek trade partners in the city... Back to the top

Norwegian minister sees positive progress in Sri Lanka peace process+
Associated Press, Fri May 21, 2004 02:54 EDT . - - of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in Sri Lanka - last week... Back to the top

World News Sri Lanka seeks greater role for truce monitors, May 21, 2004, 07:35 EDT. Sri Lanka is seeking greater role for the Scandinavian truce monitors over violations of the ceasefire agreement in the wake of the killing of a police intelligence Back to the top

Norway's top broker on key visit to settle differences and kick-start Sri Lankan peace talks
Associated Press, Fri May 21, 2004 04:42 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norway's top peace broker will attempt to settle key differences between Sri Lanka - 's government and Tamil Tiger rebels during a visit next week so stalled peace talks can resume, officials said Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka adventure for Suffolk nurse, May 20, 2004 23:00 . SEEING how animals are treated among some of the poorest communities in Sri Lanka was a real eye-opener for Felixstowe veterinary nurse Jennifer Mann... Back to the top

Five former test cricketers in Sri Lanka 's new selection panel
Associated Press, Fri May 21, 2004 09:11 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's sports minister Friday named former test fast bowler Ashantha de Mel to head the national selection committee and appointed four other former test players as members, the cricket board said... Back to the top

PCB plans tri-series with Lanka, May 21, 2004, 11:05 EDT. Islamabad, May 21. (PTI): Apprehensive about profits and viewer interest, the Pakistan Cricket Board wants to spice up its engagements at home with minnows Zimbabwe by inviting Sri Lanka as the third team for a one-day series later this year... Back to the top

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