The Lanka Academic

MAY 31, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 56

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International Donors to Renew Sri Lanka Pledges, Call for Peace, June 1. June 1 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's main international donors, part of group that pledged $4.5 billion in aid, will tell Sri Lanka at a meeting today to resume peace talks to end a 20-year civil war in order to receive their support. The U.S., European Union, Japan and Norway, the four co- chairs of last year's international donors conference in Tokyo, meet in Brussels to discuss the peace talks, the political situation on the island after elections April 2 and the role of the international community in rebuilding Sri Lanka, European Commission spokeswoman Emma Udwin said. ``The way to unlock the bulk of the money is for Sri Lanka to make progress in peace talks,'' Udwin said in a phone interview from Brussels. ``The cease-fire has held and we are pleased about that but it's certainly the case that after a year of deadlock Sri Lanka may lose momentum. Sri Lanka needs to show that it's determined to move the peace process forward.'' More...
Published: Mon May 31 21:44:28 EDT 2004

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India will step up defence ties with Sri Lanka: Natwar Singh
Hindu, May 31. NEW DELHI, MAY 31. India will take forward defence cooperation with Sri Lanka and the alliance partners from Tamil Nadu in the Congress-led Government will be kept informed of "all these matters, including defence," the External Affairs Minister, Natwar Singh, said today after talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Lakshman Kadirgamar. Asked whether defence cooperation with Sri Lanka was possible with the DMK being part of the ruling alliance, Mr. Singh said the alliance partners would be fully informed of the discussions he had had. "They naturally have an interest in it. They are next door. But I don't see any difficulty or problem or hurdle in this." Addressing a joint press conference at South Block with Mr. Kadirgamar, Mr. Singh concurred with the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister that India could play a role in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the island nation's war-torn areas, including humanitarian work. More...
Published: Mon May 31 17:41:36 EDT 2004 Back to the top
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Two Lankans killed in Saudi Arabia’s hostage drama
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 31,2004, 10.56 p.m.. Two Sri Lankans were killed on Saturday in Saudi Arabia’s Khobar City, during a terrorist attack on a housing compound. The two Lankans died when they were held hostage by a terrorist group. Five other Sri Lankans, who were also held hostage with some 50 other foreigners, were however later rescued by Saudi authorities.

Meanwhile, their bodies will be flown to Sri Lanka shortly. The victims have been identified as 35-year-old Siva Subramaniam of Nuwara Eliya and 25-year-old Chandana Pradeep Anthony of Modera.
Published: Mon May 31 12:57:51 EDT 2004 Back to the top

MDMA gets another year to probe Rajiv's death
Newindpress, June 1. NEW DELHI: The Multi-Disciplinary Monitoring Agency (MDMA) _ probing the larger conspiracy behind the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi _ was on Monday given an extension of one more year by the Home Ministry... Back to the top

Tamil journalist killed in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon May 31, 2004 02:26 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Unidentified gunmen on Monday shot and killed an ethnic-Tamil journalist in eastern Sri Lanka - , police and his newspaper said... Back to the top

A Tamil Journalist who openly opposed Colonel Karuna's Group shot and killed.
Asian Tribune, May 31. Batticaloa, 31 May: ‘Nellai’ G.Nadesan, a Batticaloa based correspondent of Virakesari – a leading Tamil daily newspaper based in Colombo, Sri Lanka and the IBC Radio run by the Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam in London was shot and killed this morning in Batticaloa.According to unconfirmed police reports, Iyathurai G. Nadesan (49) was shot and killed when he was going to a temple in the town of Batticaloa - which is located 222 kilometers (136 miles) east of Colombo... Back to the top

LTTE condemns Nadesan s killing , warns SL security . ., May 31. While expressing sympathy to the members of Mr.Nadesan's family, the Political Wing of the Liberation Tigers, in a press release issued today from Kilinochchi, warned the Sri Lanka security forces and the militants assisting them that unless killings stop, people of Sri Lanka have to face a calamitous period. Back to the top

Suspected rebels kill journalist in Sri Lanka ’ s embattled ..., May 31. COLOMBO - Suspected Tamil rebels shot dead a freelance journalist in Sri Lanka’s embattled eastern province on Monday, officials here said... Back to the top

Australian skipper urges Murali to tour Australia
Associated Press, Mon May 31, 2004 04:29 EDT . - - Muralitharan and Warne went head-to-head in Sri Lanka - in March, when the Australian legspinner returned from a 12-month ban for a doping violation to snare 26 wickets in a 3-0 series win... Back to the top

Sri Lankan leader likely to discuss with India's new government impasse in reviving peace talks with Tamil rebels.
Associated Press, Sun May 30, 2004 23:00 EDT . - - NEW DELHI (AP) Sri Lanka - 's foreign minister was expected to meet Indian leaders Monday to discuss the stalemate in his island nation's efforts to revive peace talks with separatist Tamil rebels... Back to the top

India News Ban on LTTE to continue: Patil, 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... Back to the top

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... 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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

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

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