The Lanka Academic

JUNE 21, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 77

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S.Lankan Muslim party willing to support government despite smear campaign, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon June 21, 2004 13:19 EDT . COLOMBO, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main Muslim party said on Monday it is willing to support the minority government of President Chandrika Kumaratunga despite a smear campaign against the party in the state-owned media. Rauff Hakeem, leader of the Sri Lanka - Muslim Congress (SLMC) told reporters here that they were willing to extend conditional support to the government. The United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) minority government ran a vilification campaign of Hakeem in May accusing the SLMC leader of improper sexual conduct. The SLMC has 10 MPs in the 225- member parliament and could provide the Kumaratunga government 113 seats required for absolute majority.

Hakeem said the SLMC was not a permanent appendage of any of the major political parties in the country despite its electoral alliances with both major parties in the past.

We are an independent party with our own policies, Hakeem said, adding that he would be committed with the main opposition United National Party(UNP) currently to protest against what he termed high handed acts of the ruling UPFA. The SLMC leader said Kumaratunga's government may not last long as it failed to tackle the major problems in the economy. Rauff Hakeem said he would still support the UPFA if the government was willing to accept two conditions - to do away with a proposed constitutional reform program and accept the Muslim community as a separate entity in the peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Hakeem was a member of the government delegation at the peace talks with the Tigers during the two year term of the previous government of former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

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Defence Secretary challenges LTTE to come forward with any evidence to prove military is giving protection to Karuna
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 21, 2004, 8.31 p.m.. Defence Ministry Secretary Cyril Herath today strongly refuted allegations that the Sri Lankan Military was giving protection to renegade LTTE Leader Karuna.

Mr. Herath also demanded the LTTE to come forward with any evidence that proved that the Sri Lankan Military was giving protection to Karuna. Herath also noted that only if the LTTE comes up with any concrete evidence would the Government launch an investigation on the matter. Verbal allegations are not sufficient, he added.
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Government creating fear in the minds of the people says main Muslim party
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 21, 2004, 10.26 p.m.. The country’s main Muslim Party, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress today stressed that the Government was creating fear in the minds of the people due to their continuous statements regarding the security situation in the country.

Addressing a news conference in Colombo today, party Leader Rauff Hakeem said that the Government’s recent series of announcements about the findings of suicide kits and the decision taken by them to strengthen security at all vital institutions in the country was definitely creating ‘worrying situation in the mindset of the people’.

“Unnecessary hype has been made out of the situation and thus creating a fearful atmosphere especially for the country’s minorities,” he claimed. The Muslim leader also indicated that such announcements by the Government were not healthy especially as the country was going through a ‘very sensitive’ period concerning the peace process. The LTTE last week warned of a blood bath mainly due to President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s constant change in her stance of the peace process.
Published: Mon Jun 21 12:48:21 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Work on Sri Lanka’s first ever coal power plant to begin by September
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 21, 2004, 10.13 p.m.. Ground work for Sri Lanka’s first ever coal power plant will begin by September this year, Power and Energy Ministry sources told the Lanka Academic... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition proves majority but no toppling of government, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon June 21, 2004 11:43 EDT . COLOMBO, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's joint opposition on Monday proved their majority in the parliament but said they would not move to topple the minority government led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

Government ‘very busy’ preparing groundwork for talks
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 21, 2004, 8.32 p.m.. Cabinet Spokesman and Minister Mangala Samaraweera today morning announced that the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government was ‘very busy’ preparing necessary groundwork to resume peace talks with the LTTE... Back to the top

SLMC refuses to take back three expelled members
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 20, 2004, 11.40 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) High Command has once again ruled out any possibility of taking back its three sacked members including two Parliamentarians Reshard Badiudeen and M... Back to the top

New Mahanayake Thera for Malwatte Chapter elected
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 20, 2004, 7.22 p.m.. Ven. Thibatuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera was elected as the 26th Mahanayake Thera of the Malwatte Chapter today evening... Back to the top

Singapore prime minister tours South Asia, with trade and security on the agenda
Associated Press, Mon June 21, 2004 02:31 EDT . JAKE LLOYD-SMITH - Associated Press Writer - SINGAPORE (AP) Singapore Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong embarked Monday on a three-country, seven-day tour of South Asia including stops in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka - , a statement from his office said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rules out sabotage in peace dove's untimely death
ABC News, Sunday, June 20, 2004. 10:22pm . A Sri Lankan probe has ruled out sabotage after a dove to be freed as a symbol of peace turned out to be dead as a dodo in the hands of the de facto Defence Minister... Back to the top

SRI LANKA: Attacks on Tamils increase
Green Left Weekly Online Edition, From Green Left Weekly, June 23, 2004.. Chris Slee, The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have accused the Sri Lankan army of using paramilitary groups to create violence in eastern Sri Lanka, as part of a strategy to expand the army's area of control... Back to the top

Muralitharan to promote cricket in Australia despite test series boycott
Associated Press, Mon June 21, 2004 00:38 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Record-breaking spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan will travel to Sydney next month to promote cricket during Sri Lanka - 's tour of Australia, despite refusing to play in the test series, the Daily News reported Monday... Back to the top

A Lady Tamil Radio Journalist cum Broadcaster on Death Threat, June 20. A female Radio Journalist attached to the Thamil Broadcasting Corporation is (TBC) threatened with death... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Top Choice for Weddings, June 20. Sri Lanka has emerged as the top wedding destination for Britons marrying abroad... Back to the top

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