The Lanka Academic

 
JUNE 10, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 66

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LTTE represented Parliamentarians meets with President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 10, 2004, 11.23 p.m.. An Illankai Thamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) Parliamentary delegation led by R. Sampanthan and Mavai Senadirajah was at a meeting with President Chandrika Kumaratunga a few hours back. According to sources, even though the meeting was scheduled to begun at 8.00 p.m., it had begun much later. The President is reported to have invited the ITAK MPs yesterday to discuss matters pertaining to the resumption of peace talks with the LTTE and the North East development.

However at the time this news item was filed, the outcome of the meeting was not available. But sources said that the Tamil Parliamentarians was expected to impress upon the Government’s need to accept and agree to the LTTE’s Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) for the North and East.

The LTTE leadership a few backs informed the Norwegian facilitators that only if the Government agrees to discuss the ISGA setting up in the North East would they agree to the resumption of peace talks.
Published: Thu Jun 10 13:25:52 EDT 2004


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World News Sri Lankan opposition to join hands
newkerala.com, June 10, 2004, 12:00 EDT. The opposition parties in Sri Lanka's parliament will join hands against the shaky government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Xinhua reports. The joint opposition consisting five political parties More...
Published: Thu Jun 10 12:04:34 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lankan opposition to put up joint front against gov't, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu June 10, 2004 14:03 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The opposition parties in Sri Lanka - 's parliament are to join hands against the shaky government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

The joint opposition consisting five political parties told the media here Thursday that they have decided to forge a common front against what they termed the high handedness of Kumaratunga's minority government.

Venerable Aturaliye Ratana of JHU or National Heritage Party said that Tuesday's unruly scene in which two of their monk MPs were forced to be admitted to hospital was as a result of the government MPs assaulting them.

Karu Jayasuriya, Deputy Leader of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) said that the opposition parties have got together to preserve parliamentary traditions and democracy. Jayasuriya claimed that the opposition commanded the support of 118 MPs in the 225-seat parliamentary. Even though we have the majority, our aim is not to topple the government or form a government of our own, Jayasuriya added, saying that opposition respected the mandate received by the Kumaratunga government at the April 2 parliamentary poll.

Rauff Hakeem, leader of the Sri Lanka - Muslim Congress said that the joint opposition would write to the parliament speaker urging him to take urgent steps to protect the rights of MPs and preserve traditions of parliament. Referring to the grabbing away of the parliamentary mace by a government deputy minister, Hakeem said the opposition would press for punishment be meted out to the culprit. Despite its election victory, Kumaratunga's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) fell short of the 113 seats required for a working majority in parliament. All four parliament sittings since it was first convened on April 22 have ended in unruly scenes. The opposition also accused the government of inducing the opposition members to cross the floor of the House through blackmail and other unacceptable arrangements.

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Published: Thu Jun 10 17:03:43 EDT 2004 Back to the top


Sri Lanka aims to rid northeast of land mines by 2006
Associated Press, Thu June 10, 2004 04:43 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government plans to clear all land mines from the island's war-torn northeast by the end of 2006 to facilitate the return home of tens of thousands of Tamil refugees, news reports said Thursday... Back to the top

Peace brokers meet in Norway to share experience in conflict resolution
Associated Press, Thu June 10, 2004 12:09 EDT . - - Norwegians have gained a reputation as global peacemakers by mediating conflicts around the world, including in the Middle East, Sudan, Sri Lanka - and the Philippines... Back to the top

Uphill Road for Sri Lanka s New Government
oneworld.net, June 10, 2004, 12:00 EDT. COLOMBO, June 10 (OneWorld) - Two months after general elections in Sri Lanka, the new government is yet to garner a simple majority, with Parliament holding only seven sessions so far, four of which were suspended after fist cuffs broke out... Back to the top

Sri Lankan board strikes it rich
cricinfo.com, June 10, 2004, 12:00 EDT. The Sri Lankan board is on the verge of signing a lucrative television deal with a broadcasting company for the next four years... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposition rules out another round of elections
abc.net.au, June 10, 2004, 07:50 AM. Sri Lanka's opposition parties have dismissed speculation that the government could call another election to break the political deadlock... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition to put up joint front against gov t
xinhuanet.com, June 10, 2004, 07:50 AM. COLOMBO, June 10 (Xinhuanet) -- The opposition parties in Sri Lanka's parliament are to join hands against the shaky government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

U.S. general: American forces can learn from Sri Lanka 's fight against 'terrorism'
Associated Press, Thu June 10, 2004 08:15 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top U.S. general said Thursday that Sri Lanka - can offer many lessons in the fight against ``terrorism'' after battling an ethnic insurgency for almost 20 years... Back to the top

Asia Pacific region to crack down on cigarette smuggling, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu June 10, 2004 13:46 EDT . - - e Department. The Customs administrations are Australia, Brunei, China's mainland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Macao, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Sri Lanka - , Thailand and Vietnam... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Opposition Won t Topple Government, Even After Brawl
bloomberg.com, June 10, 2004, 07:50 AM. June 10 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's opposition parties won't attempt to topple the two-month-old minority government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, even after a brawl in Parliament prompted the speaker Back to the top

Alarm over dengue deaths in Sri Lanka
abc.net.au, June 10, 2004, 12:00 EDT. Sri Lankan medical authorities have expressed alarm after six people died of dengue fever this month, raising to 24 the number of fatalities this year... Back to the top

Lankans call for change
sportal.com.au, June 10, 2004, 12:00 EDT. Sri Lanka wants the International Cricket Council to alter its rules to allow Muttiah Muralitharan to bowl his controversial doosra... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bans offensive images
bbc.co.uk, June 10, 2004, 17:00 EDT. Customs officials and police and customs in Sri Lanka have been told to seize Buddha Bar music and bikinis with Buddha images, officials say... Back to the top

Sri Lankan star bowler Muralitharan to confirm Australia tour
Associated Press, Thu June 10, 2004 06:58 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's star offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan will confirm his availability for this month's Australian tour after he returns home from England Thursday, a cricket board spokesman said... Back to the top

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