The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 26, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 51

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Armitage to visit Brussels to discuss Sri Lanka peace process+
Associated Press, Wed May 26, 2004 17:42 EDT . - - WASHINGTON, May 26 (Kyodo) U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage will visit Brussels from next Monday to June 2 to discuss the current status of peace process in Sri Lanka - with officials from Japan, the European Union and Norway, the State Department said Wednesday. ''The donor co-chairs will review their assistance efforts, discuss humanitarian and basic reconstruction assistance to the war-devastated areas of the country, and express support for a resumption of peace talks between the government of Sri Lanka - and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which have been suspended since April 2003,'' State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said in a statement.

During his stay in Brussels, Armitage will also hold talks with North Atlantic Treaty Organization officials to prepare for the NATO summit in Istanbul in late June and meet with EU foreign and security policy chief Javier Solana, Boucher said.
Published: Wed May 26 22:06:50 EDT 2004


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SLMC sacks three MPs
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 26, 2004, 11.17 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) has sacked three of their MPs, Rishard Badiudeen, M. Najeeb and Hussein Bhaila with immediate effect.

Badiudeen and Najeeb were sacked from the party over their alleged involvement in the sex and blackmail scandal involving SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem. According to SLMC sources, the party’s High Command has gathered sufficient evidence that these two members had plotted against Hakeem, with assistance from the Government, to bring disrepute to Leader Hakeem.

While Hussein Bhaila was sacked from the party, because he deserted the SLMC and joined the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government recently in Parliament. These three MPs were initially suspended from the party a few weeks back. The High Command officially took the decision last week to sack these three, but the decision was put into effect only this week.
Published: Wed May 26 13:18:17 EDT 2004 Back to the top


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Tamil rebels reject Sri Lankan government proposal for peace talks
Associated Press, Wed May 26, 2004 08:51 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels said Wednesday that peace talks to end Sri Lanka - 's 19-year civil war could begin only after the government discusses their demands for self-rule in the north and east.

The announcement came after Tiger political leader S.P. Thamilselvan met with Norway's top peace-broker Erik Solheim to discuss the government's proposed agenda for peace talks.

The government plan suggested the two sides could discuss the Tigers' proposal for autonomy while simultaneously negotiating an end to the conflict.

But a rebel statement said talks on self-rule ``should take place first and the discussion on the core issues can be followed later.''

The announcement was a setback to the country's efforts to revive peace talks aimed at ending the separatist war, which began in 1983 and killed 65,000 people before a cease-fire halted fighting two years ago.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga's hardline party has previously rejected the rebels' plan for autonomy, calling it a stepping stone to a separate state.

Norway has been battling to bridge widening divisions between the government and the rebels to finalize arrangements to resume peace talks. This is Solheim's second visit in two weeks.

The rebels withdrew from peace talks in April 2003 over demands for more autonomy in the regions they control. Despite the deadlock, a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire between the rebels and government in February 2002 has largely held firm.

The Tamil Tigers had initially demanded a separate state for minority Tamils, but agreed during previous negotiations to accept regional autonomy instead.
Published: Wed May 26 12:07:18 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan president to be awarded FAO medal
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India ready to take up aid work in LTTE-bastions
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“We don’t want Kadirgamar”, Tamil Action Group tells President
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Aid donors add pressure to renew Sri Lanka peace bid
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Sri Lankan LTTE stance hardens
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