The Lanka Academic

JUNE 29, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 85

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LTTE to seek Army’s assistance to arrest Karuna?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 29, 2004, 10.59 p.m.. The LTTE, which is continuing to hunt down its rebel leader Karuna, may seek the assistance of the Sri Lanka Army for this task, unconfirmed reports claim. “The LTTE might ask for the Army’s assistance to arrest Karuna,” sources claimed. This report comes in the midst of conflicting stories that the Military is giving protection to the LTTE rebel leader.

Meanwhile, LTTE Political Wing Leader S.P. Thamilselvam told the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission yesterday that his organization had received sufficient evidence that the Sri Lanka Military is giving protection to Karuna. And noted that this was a ‘big black mark’ to the ceasefire agreement.
Published: Tue Jun 29 13:04:30 EDT 2004

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Sri Lanka economy sustains growth but lasting peace crucial: central bank, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue June 29, 2004 12:11 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - 's Central Bank said on Tuesday that lasting peace in the country was vital to sustaining high economic growth as future expansion of investment will hinge on a solution to the two decades of ethnic war. The economy of the country has recorded a 6.2 percent growth in the first three months of 2004, the seventh successive quarter in which the economic expansion had recorded over 5.5 percent growth.

The continuous ceasefire between the government and the LTTE ( Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) created an environment conducive to the expansion of overall economic activities across the entire country, boosting both consumer confidence and investor confidence, Director of Statistics Anila Dias Bandaranaike said. The Norwegian-backed ceasefire has been held since February 2002 and the LTTE rebels and the government ventured into direct peace negotiations seven months later. The peace process, however, has been stalled since April last year and efforts are currently underway to see an early resumption of negotiations.

The bank's deputy governor W.A. Wijewardena said the ethnic war in the north and east regions had slowed down the economy between 1983 and 2002 and the cost was equivalent to two years of economic growth.
Published: Tue Jun 29 23:15:26 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Tourist arrivals continue to slump
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 29, 2004, 10.57 p.m.. Tourist’s arrivals in May hit a new low compared to the other four months in the year 2004. According to Sri Lanka Tourist Board data, in January 49,950 tourist arrivals were recorded, while it reduced to 43,584 in February. The arrivals continued to drop for the month of March with just 38,418 arrivals, while in April this went down even further to a mere 30,672 arrivals. And for the month of May, a 30,162 tourist arrival has been recorded, which is the lowest for the entire year. The unstable political situation and the stalled peace process have been attributed to the sudden low arrivals. Last year Sri Lanka hit the magical mark of 500,000 in tourist arrivals. However, tourist officials noted that if the present low arrival trend continues, it would be far fetched to keep up to the magical mark of 500,000 this year too.
Published: Tue Jun 29 13:02:19 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Island wide health strike called off
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 29. 2004, 10.52 p.m.. Following Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s assurance that he will look into the salary issues facing health workers, the Health Services Trade Union Alliance has suspended its strike and the scheduled fast unto death which was to begin tomorrow... Back to the top

Lankan ports comply with the provisions of ISPS
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 29, 2004, 7.29 p.m.. In compliance with the provisions of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS), the Sri Lanka Navy as the Designated Authority in Sri Lanka will carry out security assessment for the country’s Sea Ports beginning July 1, 2004... Back to the top

Local-Foreigner Tussles Plague De-mining in Sri Lanka, June 29 . COLOMBO, June 29 (OneWorld) - The latest attack on a foreign de-mining organization in Sri Lanka has brought to the fore the resentment against such groups, which are accused of ill-treating local employees and overpricing their services... Back to the top

Tigers and Muttur Muslims agree to ‘work in harmony’
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 29, 2004, 7.29 p.m.. Tamil Tiger rebels and Muttur Muslims have agreed to take necessary steps to prevent future conflicts between the two communities in the Muttur area... Back to the top

President appoints Kottegoda as new Army Chief
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 29, 2004, 7.29 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has appointed Major General Shantha Kottegoda as the new Commander of the Sri Lanka Army effective from July 1... Back to the top

‘SL Govt. should declare amnesty for child soldiers in order to seek help state protection’ - Human Rights Watch
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 29, 2004, 02:37 p.m.. Human Rights Watch, a London based human right group today said the Sri Lankan government should declare an amnesty for all child soldiers who have returned home from Tamil Tigers, in order to ensure that they can seek help from state protection agencies... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Tamil Tigers Again Abduct Child Soldiers, June 29, 2004. (London, June 29, 2004) — The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are waging a campaign in eastern Sri Lanka to abduct former child soldiers for their forces, Human Rights Watch said today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cease-fire strained as Tamil Tiger rebels refuse to meet with military
Associated Press, Mon June 28, 2004 11:20 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels refused on Monday to resume regular meetings with the Sri Lankan military to review a fragile cease-fire, further straining the truce and complicating efforts to revive stalled peace talks, officials said... Back to the top

India News LTTE seems unwilling to end child recruitment: ..., June 29. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas do not seem very keen to end recruitment of children despite making international commitments to this effect, says a UN body... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's peace in balance as Norway steps up brokering efforts
Associated Press, Tue June 29, 2004 06:31 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Norwegian peace envoy was trying to revive talks between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels Tuesday, as fears grow that the island may slip back into civil war... Back to the top

LTTE serves war-or-peace ultimatum to Lanka over Karuna
The Hindu, Tuesday, June 29, 2004 : 0230 Hrs. Colombo, June 29. (PTI): Sri Lanka's faltering peace process suffered another setback on Monday when the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) gave an ultimatum to the government to either stop supporting the rebel Tiger leader Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, a... Back to the top

Truce monitors travel to meet Sri Lankan Tamil rebels, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon June 28, 2004 15:09 EDT . Truce monitoring group, Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission (SLMM) traveled to Kilinochchi town to hold talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels on the issue of rebel decision to pull out of a joint truce review meeting with the government forces... Back to the top

People to People International Sponsors Demining Team in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue June 29, 2004 09:02 EDT . - - KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 29 /U.S. Newswire/ -- People to People International (PTPI) announced at its recent Board of Directors Meeting that the organization has met its goal to sponsor a demining team in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Ponting withdraws from opening Sri Lankan test
Associated Press, Tue June 29, 2004 03:46 EDT . - - DARWIN, Australia (AP) Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting will miss the first cricket test against Sri Lanka - starting in Darwin on Thursday following the death of an aunt, Cricket Australia said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army gets new commander
Associated Press, Mon June 28, 2004 00:25 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president has appointed a decorated general with expertise in anti-terrorism operations as the country's next army chief, the government announced... Back to the top

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