The Lanka Academic

JUNE 6, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 62

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TNA to seek Indian support for early peace talks
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 6, 2004, 10.18 p.m.. Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarians are expected to visit India shortly, seeking their support to pressurise both the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE to resume peace talks soon. According to sources, the TNA has decided to seek international assistance in persuading both the LTTE and the Government to resume talks soon. And so as the first step to this decision, they have decided to meet high-ranking Indian Leaders. The TNA also informed LTTE’s Political Wing Leader S.P. Thamilselvam about their forthcoming Indian trip, yesterday, during their meeting with him at Killinochchi.

Twenty-one of the 22 TNA MPs had attended the meeting with Thamilselvam. R. Sampanthan led the TNA MPs, however MP A. Adaikalanathan was not present at the meeting. According to Thamilselvam, the LTTE is prepared to commence talks with the Government even immediately provided they are agreeing to base the discussions on the Interim Self Governing Authority structure.
Published: Sun Jun 6 12:19:17 EDT 2004

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CWC decides not to join Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 6, 2004, 10.00 p.m.. The Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC), which secured eight seats at the April 2 Parliamentary election, has retracted an initial decision to support the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government, which has only 105 seats in Parliament, after President Chandrika Kumaratunga rejected all their demands.

President Kumaratunga turned down several of their demands, which included two Ministerial portfolios, saying that if she agreed to these demands she would be deviating from the Alliance’s policies.

The CWC demanded for both the Civil Aviation Authority Ministry and Housing Ministry. And sought an undertaking from the President that she will not change the Constitution and plans by the Government to commence the Upper Kotmale Hydro power project also be dropped. If the Government secured the eight CWC seats, they would have had a working majority of 113 seats in Parliament.
Published: Sun Jun 6 12:00:57 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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World News LTTE launches special drive for funds in Europe, ..., June 6 . In a potentially significant development, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas have started a special campaign to raise money in Europe and North America, saying they are sick and tired of the peace process. Tamil sources say the fund collection began about a month ago and members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have been telling Sri Lankan Tamils that the group might go back to fighting. More...
Published: Sun Jun 6 02:15:11 EDT 2004 Back to the top

World News Sri Lanka s ruling alliance battles for majority in ..., June06, 2004, 16:45 EDT. Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has launched an all-out campaign to win a working majority in parliament, according to a media report Back to the top

Why pick on Murali? - Ranatunga, June06, 2004, 08:15 EDT. With Muttiah Muralitharan's action coming under the microscope again and the entire cricket world having varied views on the subject, it is hard to ignore the sentiments of the man who has backed Murali all the way from the word go, Arjuna Ranatunga... Back to the top

Two killed in gunfire on Sri Lankan minister's office
Associated Press, Sat June 5, 2004 08:14 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two bodyguards of a Sri Lankan junior minister were killed Saturday when gunmen opened fire at his political office near the capital, Colombo, police said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels order Parliamentary proxies to press for wide autonomy
Associated Press, Sat June 5, 2004 10:06 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tigers on Saturday ordered their proxies in Parliament to pressure the government to accept a rebel blueprint for greater autonomy as the basis for peace talks aimed at ending a two-decade civil war... Back to the top

Business India Sri Lanka dangles FTA with India to get more ..., June 05, 2004, 08:00 EDT. In a bid to attract more foreign investment in the island nation, Sri Lanka today asked European investors to make use of its Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India to take advantage of the vast market in the subcontinent... Back to the top

Taking stock of sunny Sri Lanka s exchange, June 05, 2004, 08:00 EDT. Turning to the business section of the News, I read with interest an article on recent export and import data... Back to the top

Prima s Colombo milling complex and The massive milling complex ..., June 05, 2004, 18:45 EDT. One glaring feature that has emerged out of the row between Prima Ceylon Ltd... Back to the top

Former CEO Sanjay Kumar leaving scandal-bruised Computer Associates
Associated Press, Fri June 4, 2004 12:50 EDT . ELLEN SIMON - AP Business Writer - Kumar emigrated from Sri Lanka - to the United States when he was 14... Back to the top

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