The Lanka Academic

MAY 23, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 48

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Norwegian role in peace process opposed
Gulf News, May 24. Colombo: The Marxists JVP has expressed its displeasure over the continuing Norwegian facilitation in the peace process and suggested facilitation by India, a local newspaper said yesterday. At a meeting with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa the JVP hierarchy comprising its leader Somawansa Amarasinghe, General Secretary Tilvin Silva and Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa said the party's independent view was that it would not favour the Norwegian role as facilitator in the Peace process, the Daily Mirror reported yesterday. The JVP leadership said during the past two years, the Norwegians had gone beyond the facilitatory role and at many vital situations sided with the Tamil Tiger guerrillas. More...
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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...
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Tigers blame Sri Lankan troops for killing rebel, May 23, 2004, 21:30 EDT. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday accused government forces of involvement in a powerful explosion that killed at least one rebel. More...
Published: Sun May 23 21:34:15 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Divided Sinhala leadership poses danger to peace p . ., May 23, 2004, 21:30 EDT. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Sunday expressed pessimism that it would be difficult to find a lasting political solution to the ethnic conflict through negotiations as Back to the top

Lanka seeks credit from to subsidise fuel, May 23. Colombo, May 23. (PTI): In a bid to cushion its economy from rising world oil prices, Sri Lankan government has asked for a new credit line from India so that it can subsidise fuel prices in the island nation... Back to the top

Sri Lankan peace talks to resume in August: PM, Sunday,May 23,2004, 23:01:44 . COLOMBO, May 23 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's Norwegian-brokered peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels are to resume in August, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse was quoted as saying by the state radio on Sunday... Back to the top

US condition to LTTE to lay down arms unacceptable . ., May 23. ''The condition laid by the US government for the LTTE to lay down arms is not acceptable... 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

New snags hold up Sri Lanka peace talks, May 23, 2004, 09:50 EDT. COLOMBO : Sharp differences have re-emerged between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels holding up an expected agreement to revive negotiations, despite international pressure, officials said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka looks to raise new foreign loans as budget slips, May 23, 2004, 09:50 EDT. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's revenues have fallen sharply while a plethora of election pledges are set to bust the budget as the government aims to raise 250 million dollars in new foreign loans... 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

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

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