The Lanka Academic

JUNE 4, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 60

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Prospect of U.N. peace missions boosts recruitment in Sri Lanka 's beleaguered army
Associated Press, Fri June 4, 2004 04:28 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The prospect of joining U.N. peacekeeping missions has prompted more people to join Sri Lanka - 's army, which has been suffering from a troop shortage, military officials said Friday. Sri Lanka - has so far sent peacekeeping troops on two U.N. peacekeeping, missions, both in Africa.

The country is also scheduled to start its biggest-ever peacekeeper training operation on June 12 in a bid to get its troops more involved in the U.N. missions. The two-week training exercise in southern Sri Lanka - , co-hosted by the United States, will also involve troops from Bangladesh, Nepal and Mongolia, Rajapakse said.

The first batch of U.N. instructors and observers for the exercise arrived Friday, he said. Lt. Gen. James L. Campbell, head of the U.S. army's Pacific Command, is expected to open the exercise. Sri Lanka - 's government fought a 19-year war against the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels until a February 2002 cease-fire stopped the fighting that had killed nearly 65,000 people. Peace talks between the two sides have been stalled for a year, but the truce has held.
Published: Fri Jun 4 05:49:46 EDT 2004

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JVP says LTTE’s ISGA demand should be dropped
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 3, 2004, 11.43 p.m.. The Government’s main ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today intimated the need for all sections including international parties to persuade the LTTE to drop its pre-condition relating to the Interim Self- Governing Authority (ISGA).

In a statement, the party’s Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa noted that there was nothing wrong in the government coming to an agreement through discussions with the LTTE without compromising the country’s sovereignty and national security.

“A situation has arisen now where the re-commencement of talks could be delayed,” he said. The JVP adds that the reason for this is the pre condition put by the LTTE, which is that they are only willing to discuss matters pertaining to the ISGA, when peace talks resume.

Weerawansa also pointed out that even neighbouring India had found the ISGA ‘unacceptable’. “India and several other countries have said that an interim administration should be based on agreement of a permanent solution,” he said in his statement. Adding “No one should overlook this position”.

The JVP added that no responsible government could disregard this people's and international opinion. “Anyone concerned about the delays in the re-commencement of the peace talks should persuade the L.T.T.E to drop its pre-condition relating to the interim self- governing authority,” the party stressed.
Published: Thu Jun 3 13:46:34 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Families of Slain Sri Lankans Promised Compensation, Thursday, 3, June, 2004 (15, Rabi` al-Thani, . Mohammed Rasooldeen, Arab News, RIYADH, 3 June 2004 — The next of kin of the two Sri Lankans who were killed in the Alkhobar attacks have been promised substantial compensation by the men’s Saudi sponsor.

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Four trains derail within 48 hours
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Buddhist monk calls for ban of the use of Lord Buddha images in commercial items
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 4, 2004, 9.36 p.m. . A petition was submitted today to the Supreme Court, seeking an urgent order banning the use of images of Lord Buddha for commercial purposes... Back to the top

Muralitharan named in Sri Lanka squad for Australia, June 04, 2004, 11:20 EDT. COLOMBO, June 4 (Reuters) - World record wicket taker Muttiah Muralitharan has been named in a 16-man squad to tour Australia this month after threatening to withdraw when Australian Prime Minister John Howard questioned his action... Back to the top

Sri Lanka uses free trade deal with India to woo European ..., June 04, 2004, 07:50 EDT. Sri Lanka Friday showcased a free trade agreement with neighbouring India that has boosted bilateral commerce in a bid to attract fresh investment from Europe... Back to the top

Batsmen beware! Sri Lanka grooming a second Muralitharan, Friday June 4 2004 00:00 IST. COLOMBO: Cricket officials have begun eyeing a 17-year-old schoolboy who has the potential to replace Sri Lanka's spin wizard and top world Test wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan, it was reported on Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition blames govt for reneging election promises, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu June 3, 2004 10:28 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main opposition Thursday blamed the government for its inaction to keep the election pledges and creating a row with its main coalition partner to divert public attention... Back to the top

World News Sri Lanka s media caught in LTTE crossfire, June 04, 2004, 07:50 EDT. Sri Lanka Friday showcased a free trade agreement with neighbouring India that has boosted bilateral commerce in a bid to attract fresh investment from Europe... Back to the top

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