The Lanka Academic

JUNE 26, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 82

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Sri Lanka rebels resume child recruitment, says UNICEF+
Associated Press, Sat June 26, 2004 08:51 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 26 (Kyodo) The U.N. Children's Fund accused Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels Saturday of ''indiscriminate'' child recruitment in the country's northeast. ''The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has not lived up to its commitment to end once and for all the practice of taking children into its ranks,'' said Ted Chaiban, UNICEF representative in Sri Lanka - .

A large number of child soldiers were demobilized when the LTTE's eastern commander, known as Karuna, broke ranks from the Tigers and disbanded between 5,000 to 6,000 fighters under his command before going underground in April.

''In April, the LTTE officially released 269 children and expressed a willingness to provide formal release letters for over 1,300 other children who went home when Karuna disbanded his cadres,'' UNICEF said.

Chaiban called for a ''real and genuine effort'' from the LTTE to exclude children from their recruitment drives and for respecting commitments made in this regard.

A group of academics and social activists working in the eastern part of the country reported intensified LTTE efforts to re-recruit children released by the Karuna group in April.

''Parents are terrified as they know their children will be used as cannon fodder'' in battles between loyalists of LTTE leader Prabhakaran and Karuna, a signed statement from this group said.

''It is reported that the LTTE has threatened to shoot parents who disobey their orders (to surrender their children to the Tigers),'' it said.

The LTTE claims that the children have volunteered to do political and administrative work in the war-devastated areas as they are unable to otherwise earn a living.
Published: Sat Jun 26 12:06:28 EDT 2004

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Joint opposition to meet Speaker on Monday
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 26, 2004, 7.28 p.m.. The joint opposition is to meet Speaker W. J. M. Lokubandara on Monday to discuss necessary strategies that should be adopted against the United People’s Freedom Alliance Government when Parliament meets on July 20th. Leaders of the joint opposition will also discuss with the speaker about the possibility of convening Parliament before July 20th. They would submit a letter to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa demanding the early convening of parliament.

United National Party (UNP), Tamil National Alliance (TNA), Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) and Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF), has agreed to work together against the Alliance government, due to their ‘undemocratic acts in Parliament’.
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MDMK will not demand lifting of ban on LTTE, june 26. Chennai, June 26. (PTI): MDMK today said it was of the firm opinion that there was no need for a ban on the LTTE in India, but it would not demand lifting of the ban. "A day will come when the ban will be lifted," MDMK chief Vaiko said, adding he was not demanding lifting of the ban. Vaiko told a press meet here that UPA's common minimum programme had welcomed the peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and LTTE and said it will support the talks. India should play a 'positive role' in the peace talks because of geo-political reasons. More...
Published: Sat Jun 26 14:44:15 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Judge further extends injunction on JHU’s monk
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 26, 2004, 7.24 p.m.. Colombo district judge S.M.S. Samarakoon yesterday extended the restraining order issued against the Ven... Back to the top

‘Courageous’ now in the hands of ‘true professionals’ – US Admiral
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 26, 2004, 7.23 p.m.. After handing over the United States Coast Guard Vessel “Courageous” to the Sri Lankan Navy Commander Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri, US Coast Guard Admiral Thomas Collins said that the vessel was now in the hands of ‘true professionals’... Back to the top

Major fire at Sri Lanka govt. press, June 26. A major fire broke out at the Sri Lanka Government Printers in Colombo Saturday evening... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Navy Chief Ends US Visit
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.30 A.M Saturday 26 June. Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Daya Sandagiri ended his visit to the US where the US transferred a 210 foot cutter to the Sri Lanka Navy... Back to the top

Karuna vows to take back full control of the East
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. Claiming that the LTTE’s Wanni Leadership led by Prabhakaran, has no control over many areas in the Eastern Province, the Tiger rebel leader Karuna has vowed to take back full control of both the Batticaloa and Ampara districts, which is currently under the rule of Prabhakaran... Back to the top

Singapore Premier arrives in Colombo
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.59 p.m.. Singapore Prime Minister Goh Thok Tonj arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport today afternoon, around 2... Back to the top

Minister says ‘considerable progress’ made on the FTA with US
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle announced today that ‘considerable progress’ has been made in connection to the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United States... Back to the top

‘LTTE police’ arrests 19 persons
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.45 p.m.. The LTTE ‘police’ took 19 people into custody yesterday night, including a home guard in the Tiger controlled area of Poonagar in Serunuwara... Back to the top

Peace in S Lanka will spur investors and tourists: PM Goh, june 25. COLOMBO: Singapore's Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong, speaking in Sri Lanka, says the South Asian country has begun to enjoy the fruits of peace and the interest of foreign investors has been revived... Back to the top

Indian and US approaches similar on Lanka s ethnic question, June 25 . Colombo, June 25 (UNI) The Indian and the US approach to Sri Lanka's separatist conflict have similarities, the US Ambassador in Colombo was quoted as saying in the local press... Back to the top

The anti-narcotics and investigation training program for police concludes
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.53 p.m.. Approximately one hundred members of the Sri Lankan Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) graduated today in an anti-narcotics and investigation training program... Back to the top

Joint opposition to urge immediate convening of parliament
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.49 p.m.. The recently formed joint Opposition, consisting the United National Party, Jathika Hela Urumaya, Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Ceylon Workers Congress and the Tamil National Alliance, is going to appeal to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse to convene parliament before July 20th which is the scheduled date for Parliament to resume... Back to the top

US and Sri Lanka to eliminate sources of terrorist funding
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 25, 2004, 11.47 p.m.. United States Ambassador Jeffrey J. Lunstead today said that the US and Sri Lanka share a common interest in eliminating sources of terrorist financing... Back to the top

Sri Lanka responds well in first innings
Associated Press, Fri June 25, 2004 05:44 EDT . - - DARWIN, Australia (AP) Sri Lanka - reached 304 for the loss of five wickets Friday on the second day of a four-day cricket tour match against the Northern Territory Chief Ministers's XI... Back to the top

Another Blow to Sri Lanka s Battered Peace Process, June 25, 2004. by Champika Liyanaarachchi, COLOMBO – A Sri Lankan parliamentarian's admission that he helped breakaway Tamil Tiger leader Karuna is the latest setback to the country's fragmented peace process, already reeling under charges that the government is stoking unrest among the rebels The opposition United National Party (UNP), the main partner in the government ruling Sri Lanka prior to the April 2 polls, was perceived as more sympathetic to the cause of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) than the present leadership... Back to the top

PM Goh leaves for Sri Lanka in tour of South Asian countries, june 25. DHAKA : Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong is on his final leg of a three-nation South Asian tour... Back to the top

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