The Lanka Academic

 
JUNE 14, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 70

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LTTE represented Parliamentarians call upon President to get her ‘act together’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 14, 2004, 10.49 p.m.. The LTTE represented Parliamentarians today noted that the country’s peace process was at great risk, due to President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s ‘double standards’. The Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) which is more famously known as the Tamil National Alliance pointed out that even though at their meeting with President Kumaratunga on Thursday night, she announced that she was willing to resume talks with the LTTE based on the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA), and once matters pertaining to the ISGA is formalised, core issues would be discussed, just two days later, while addressing the nation, she announced that the ISGA and core issues should be discussed on parallel levels.

ITAK Parliamentarian Gajendra Ponnambalam also noted that President Kumaratunga’s ‘unsteadiness’ was merely going to cost the country at large, because the peace process will be at great risk, if she does not get her act together.
Published: Mon Jun 14 12:51:23 EDT 2004


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Minister Fernandopulle off to Washington to discuss FTA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 14, 2004, 2004, 10.47 p.m.. With the garment quotas coming to an end in 2005, Sri Lanka is currently negotiating a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States, which would guarantee a firmer market in the US for Sri Lankan products. Meanwhile Minister of Trade and Commerce Jeyaraj Fernandopulle will lead a delegation to Washington to discuss matters pertaining to the FTA.

Meanwhile, state media reported today that despite the garment quota coming to an end next year, US garment manufacturers have assured that this would not lead to a collapse of the industry in Sri Lanka. These manufacturers have claimed that readymade garments produced in Sri Lanka enjoy preference and good demand on world markets due to the high standards of quality.
Published: Mon Jun 14 12:49:14 EDT 2004 Back to the top


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Tamil Tigers step-up child recruitment; UN agency concerned
Associated Press, Mon June 14, 2004 11:08 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels have increased a recruitment of child soldiers as Sri Lanka - 's peace process falters, the U.N. children's agency said Monday. Sri Lanka - is struggling to revive peace talks that have been stalled for more than a year. The Tigers warned Sunday that Sri Lanka - 's ``bloodbath'' could resume if the government rejects their demands for self-rule and accused President Chandrika Kumaratunga of deliberately delaying the peace process in order to buy time to launch an offensive against the rebels.

About 65,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka - 's civil war that began in 1983 and raged until a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire was signed in Feb. 2002. Despite strains, the truce has held.
Published: Mon Jun 14 14:49:01 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka Rebels Say Kumaratunga Reneged on Agreement (Update1)
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Mannar tense following SLA interrogation of LTTE a . .
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Tension rise between Tigers and Sri Lanka navy
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Lanka fails to end deadlock on talks
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Pakistan invite Sri Lanka for tri-series
reuters.co.uk, June 14, 2004, 14:50 EDT. KARACHI, June 14 (Reuters) - Pakistan have invited Sri Lanka to take part in a triangular one-day tournament in October in a bid to raise revenues after the cancellation of a test series with Zimbabwe... Back to the top

Sri Lanka takes on call girls
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Malwatte Mahanayake’s cremation takes place amidst large gathering
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 13, 2004, 11.31 p.m.. The cremation of the Malwatte Mahanayake the most Ven. Rambukwelle Sri Vipassi Thera took place at the Asgiriya police grounds in Kandy today afternoon with full state honours... Back to the top

Government withdraws Thondaman’s security
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Tamil Tigers warn of bloodbath in Lanka
ndtv.com, June 13, 2004, 09:20 EDT. Sunday, June 13, 2004 (Colombo): Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels today warned President Chandrika Kumaratunga that the island nation could slip back to a bloodbath as efforts to put the derailed peace process back on track failed Back to the top

Sri Lanka arrests 38 illegal immigrants
deepikaglobal.com, June 14, 2004, 06:25 EDT. Colombo, June 13 (PTI) In a crackdown on human smuggling, Sri Lankan police today arrested 38 men who were trying to leave the island illegally in an Italy-bound fishing trawler, police said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fails to end deadlock on peace talks despite push by ...
channelnewsasia.com, June 13, 2004, 09:20 EDT. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's government and the Tamil Tigers have failed to compromise despite a fresh bid by the rebels to jumpstart peace talks stalled since April last year, diplomats said... Back to the top

No Pact Yet With LTTE On Talks Resumption: Kumaratunga
indolink.com, June 13, 2004, 09:20 EDT. Colombo, June 13 (NNN): Playing down any high hopes from the recent talks, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has said that there is no agreement yet with the Liberation Tiger of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) rebels about how to resume stalled peace talks... Back to the top

S . Lanka Tigers say president not serious on peace
alertnet.org, June 13, 2004, 09:20 EDT. COLOMBO, June 13 (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels accused Sri Lanka's president on Sunday of being "duplicitous" and rejected her terms for reviving a stalled peace bid, saying her government is too unstable to discuss a permanent end to the war... Back to the top

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