The Lanka Academic

MAY 22, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 47

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Ban on LTTE extended
Hindu, May 22. CHENNAI, MAY 22. The Government of India has extended the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) under the Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act, on the ground that it is an unlawful association and there is a continuing need to control all its separatist activities by all possible means. According to the State Government Gazette extraordinary published on Friday, the Union Home Ministry issued a notification on May 14 to this effect. The Central Government is of the opinion that because of the LTTE's continued violent and disruptive activities prejudicial to the integrity and sovereignty of India and its anti-India posture, besides posing a grave threat to the security of Indian nationals, it is necessary to declare the LTTE an unlawful association with immediate effect, the notification said. More...
Published: Sat May 22 23:27:47 EDT 2004

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Report: Tamil rebels want government promises in writing before resumption of peace talks
Associated Press, Sat May 22, 2004 06:20 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels want the Sri Lankan government to agree in writing to a set of demands before restarting long-stalled negotiations to end the island's 19-year civil war, a news report said Saturday. The report came a day before top Norwegian envoy Erik Solheim was expected to arrive in Sri Lanka - on Monday to work out differences between the two sides and set a date for the talks, which have been suspended since the rebels withdrew in April last year.

Last week, the Tigers announced they reached an agreement with the government to restart negotiations for a lasting peace to one of Asia's longest running civil conflicts.

The rebels said the government agreed verbally to four conditions: it accepts the Tigers as the sole representative of minority Tamils, gives equal status at peace talks, discusses a rebel blueprint for self-rule, and conducts the negotiations outside of Sri Lanka - .

However, the government hasn't confirmed the rebels' claim, and President Chandrika Kumaratunga has previously rejected the blueprint, calling it a stepping stone to a separate state.

Kumaratunga now appears willing to discuss the plan, but top government officials want it to be only part of larger negotiations on a final settlement to the 19-year conflict.

``It is true that President Chandrika Kumaratunga has sent some encouraging signals through Norway,'' Uthayan quoted sources close to the rebels as saying. ``But leader Prabhakaran is not prepared to get carried away by just those signals and messages.''

The government did not immediately respond to the report.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam started fighting in 1983 to create a separate state for minority Tamils, accusing the Sinhalese majority of discrimination.

About 65,000 people were killed in the fighting, which stopped after Norway brokered a cease-fire signed in February 2002. The truce has held despite the deadlock in peace talks.
Published: Sat May 22 14:55:50 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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JVP complaints to Premier over President’s choice to ‘ignore them’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 22, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has expressed their unhappiness to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse over President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s actions. During a meeting with the Premier this week, the JVP had said that the President had failed to consult them at several instances, which they termed as ‘vital’.

The delegation also pointed out that it was compulsory that they be consulted when decision are made as they are a major ally in the Government.

The JVP delegation comprising its Leader Somawansa Amarasinghe, General Secretary Tilvin Silva and Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa also complained to the Premier that on Tuesday, during the election of the Deputy Speaker in Parliament, they as the main constituent of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government did not know that the Government and Opposition had reached an agreement. The Opposition agreed to the Government’s candidate on Tuesday and the post went to their candidate without any competition, unlike during the election of the Speaker, which came about a lot of ugly scenes.
Published: Sat May 22 14:27:28 EDT 2004 Back to the top

President calls for an immediate inquiry over SLMC Leader’s scandal
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 22, 2004, 11.36 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has requested Inspector General of Police Indra Silva to hold an immediate and impartial inquiry over the recent scandal centring Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader (SLMC) Rauff Hakeem and a female named Kumari Cooray, in which she (President) is also alleged to have played a role... Back to the top

Sri Lanka on top in Ceat Cricket rating, May 22. Kolkata, May 22. (UNI): Sri Lanka has come out on the top in the CEAT Cricket Rating 2004-05... Back to the top

Key Muslim party in trouble
Gulf News, May 21. Colombo: A key Muslim political party has run into crisis with calls that its leader should be ousted from the party amidst moves by the ruling United National People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) to capitalise on the situation to increase its membership in Parliament and form a stable government... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Tigers insist on self-rule blueprint as basis for Sri Lanka peace ..., May 22, 2004, 06:30 EDT. COLOMBO : Tamil Tiger rebels are insisting their blueprint for self-rule in Sri Lanka, which was rejected by the government as a stepping stone to a separate state, should be at the core of a revival of the stalled peace negotiations... Back to the top

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... 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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