The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 30, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 55

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Lanka seeks India s help for peace process
ndtv.com, May 31. In the first high-level official contact with the Manmohan Singh government, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar will be holding talks with Indian leaders today. Kadirgamar is expected to ask the new government to play a more pro-active role in the Lankan peace process. The Lankan Foreign Minister had made a similar request to New Delhi on his previous visit a month ago.It has been apparent that Chandrika Kumaratunga's nationalist government has been unhappy with the role Norway is playing as a facilitator between the Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Privately, they believe the Norwegians have been too indulgent with the Tamil Tigers. And now, the party's ally Marxist Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna (JVP) too has changed its anti-India stance. More...
Published: Sun May 30 22:24:39 EDT 2004

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India News Ban on LTTE to continue: Patil
newkerala.com, May 30 . Home Minister Shivraj Patil Sunday declared there was no change in India's policy on Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels and the ban on their organisation will continue. Terming the remarks of MDMK chief Vaiko that India should consider lifting the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the light of "changed circumstances" as his personal view, Patil told reporters here the government's stand on the issue was clear and would continue to remain the same. "It's Vaiko's personal view. I have no comments. There is no change in our policy and the ban on the LTTE will continue," Patil clarified. More...
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Breakaway Tamil rebel group vows to make comeback
Gulf News, May 30. Colombo: A group backing deposed Tamil guerrilla regional leader from eastern Sri Lanka has vowed to make a comeback in a fresh warning to loyalists of the guerrilla leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, in the conflict between rival factions. The new warning was issued by a group purported to be backing former Batticaloa-Ampara military leader Karuna who has now fled the area. Some of his cadres loyal to him remain. The warning came in the form a leaflet distributed in the eastern town of Batticaloa by a group believed to be backing Karuna. The group was not identified, but people in the area confirmed that Karuna's group has been developing in the area over the weeks. More...
Published: Sun May 30 17:48:13 EDT 2004 Back to the top

SLMM’s recommendation’s fallen onto deaf ears?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 30, 2004, 11.11 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) recently recommended the need for constant dialogue between the Sri Lankan forces and the LTTE, Tamil sources said... Back to the top

JVP fires out tough letter to President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 30, 2004, 11.10 p.m.. The United Peoples Freedom Alliance’s main ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in a letter to President Chandrika Kumaratunga today demanded her to immediately retract decisions taken by her and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) during the past two months, which is contradictory to the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the JVP and SLFP on January 20, 2004... Back to the top

India-Sri Lanka talks to begin on Monday
indiatimes.com, MAY 30, 2004. NEW DELHI : In the first high level official contact with the Manmohan Singh government, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar will be holding talks with Indian leaders here on Monday... Back to the top

Cracks emerge in Sri Lanka s shaky new government
channelnewsasia.com, 30 May 2004 . COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's shaky new government faced an internal rift as its main coalition partner protested against the handling of the peace process with Tamil rebels and other policy issues... Back to the top

Sri Lanka suffers sharp rise in dengue infections; fears of epidemic
Associated Press, Sun May 30, 2004 04:21 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - is at risk of a dengue fever epidemic, a newspaper warned Sunday, citing government advice to guard against mosquito bites and take steps to stop the disease from spreading... Back to the top

India News Sri Lanka s foreign minister arrives for talks
newkerala.com, May 30. Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar will hold talks with top Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, here Monday... Back to the top

Gunmen kill Tamil businessman in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun May 30, 2004 02:29 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified gunmen killed a Tamil businessman in Sri Lanka - 's northeast, an area increasingly dominated by violent incidents, police said Sunday... Back to the top

India News `All is not well in Sri Lanka s east
newkerala.com, May 30 . Even as Norwegian diplomats try to bridge the gulf between Colombo and Tamil Tiger guerrillas, a time bomb is slowly ticking away in Sri Lanka's troubled east... Back to the top

Sri Lanka peace hopes dim as Norway fails to secure deal
khaleejtimes.com, 30 May 2004 . COLOMBO - Peace broker Norway has ended its latest shuttle diplomacy without a breakthrough in getting Sri Lanka’s warring sides back to the negotiating table and dimming hopes of an end to ethnic bloodshed... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to announce reforms in June
dailytimes.com.pk, May 29, 2004 . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will announce plans in June to reform the electricity and financial sectors, the IMF said, in a move which could pave the way for a key loan programme from the international lender... Back to the top

Lift ban on LTTE: Vaiko
indiatimes.com, MAY 29, 2004 . CHENNAI: MDMK, a constituent of the UPA and extending outside support to the Manmohan Singh government, on Saturday demanded that the ban on the LTTE be lifted... Back to the top

Despite reluctance, Muralitharan may tour Australia
Associated Press, Sun May 30, 2004 00:18 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's star offspinner Muthiah Muralitharan may tour Australia next month despite earlier reluctance after his bowling action was questioned by Australia's prime minister, cricket officials said Sunday... Back to the top

Back again in Colombo for more of the same
expressindia.com, may 30. Arjuna Ranatunga is easing comfortably these days into his life as a junior cabinet minister... Back to the top

India Sri Lanka hopeful of resuming ferry service
webindia123.com, May 29 . Madurai, May 29 Expressing optimism about resuming the ferry service between India and Sri Lanka, Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka for south India Sumith Nakandala today said the ideal route for the project would be the one connecting Tuticorin and Colombo... Back to the top

Chandrika envoy
telegraphindia.com, May 29, 2004 . New Delhi, May 28: Sri Lanka is sending a “special envoy” to New Delhi to judge if the Manmohan Singh government is planning any changes in the country’s policy towards Colombo, reports our special correspondent... Back to the top

World News Sri Lanka to join UN peacekeepers in Haiti
newkerala.com, May 29 . Sri Lanka plans to send its troops to strengthen the UN peace keeping force in Haiti, Xinhua Reports... Back to the top

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