The Lanka Academic

JULY 1, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 87

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President says peace negotiations should commence without delay
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 1, 1004, 11.57 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga while reiterating her Government’s commitment to achieving lasting peace in the country stressed that peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE should commence immediately.

She made these observations during a meeting with Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim at the President’s House in Colombo today. She also reiterated the Government’s commitment in maintaining the Ceasefire Agreement.

The President also stated that the Government was anxious to continue existing development projects and start new projects to satisfy the humanitarian and development needs of the North and East. The President explained that steps were being taken to establish a peace structure that would ensure a more inclusive and transparent peace process. She stressed that the peace negotiations should commence without delay in the mutual interest of both parties.

Mr. Solheim also briefed Ms. Kumaratunga on his visit to Kilinochchi and his conversations with Head of the LTTE’s Political Wing S.P. Thamilselvan. Mr. Solheim was accompanied by Norway’s Ambassador Hans Brattskar, and Ms. Solfried Lien, Assistant to the delegation.

Associated at the discussion with the President were Lakshman Kadirgamar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jayantha Dhanapala, Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat and H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Published: Thu Jul 1 14:12:03 EDT 2004

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SLMC Leader says he can’t meet Solheim because he is too busy with election work
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 1, 2004, 11.50 p.m.. Hakeem turns down meeting Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem turned down an invitation to meet with Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim, saying he was very busy with election activities due to the July 10 Provincial Council polls.

Sources told the Lanka Academic that when the Norwegian Embassy had telephoned Hakeem and sought a time for the SLMC Leader to meet with Solheim, Hakeem had thanked the Embassy for the invitation but had said that he was unable to meet with the Special Envoy, because he was out of Colombo and actively involved with election work.

The SLMC has been insisting the Norwegian facilitators to make arrangements to accommodate a separate Muslim delegation when peace talks resume between the Government and the LTTE, however, upto date neither the Norwegians nor the Government or the LTTE have assured the participation of a Muslim delegation at peace talks.
Published: Thu Jul 1 14:01:56 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Pakistan President to visit Sri Lanka end July
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 1, 2004, 11.45 p.m.. Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf will arrive in Sri Lankan end of this month. Diplomatic sources said that the Pakistan Military President would land here on July 31. During his stay President Musharraf is expected to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka. The agreement will provide a level-playing field to Pakistan’s exports in competition with India. Sri Lanka and India signed an FTA in 1998. The Pakistan President will also hold talks with President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and senior politicians of the Government and the Opposition.
Published: Thu Jul 1 13:48:22 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Constant dialogue between Army-LTTE essential for the peace process- New Army Chief
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 01, 2004, 05.25 p.m.. Newly appointed Army Commander Lt. General Shantha Kottegoda today stressed that if the peace process is to be taken forward, it was very essential for the security forces and the LTTE to hold constant dialogue... Back to the top

Rebuilding trust with rebels is priority, says Sri Lanka 's new army chief
Associated Press, Thu July 1, 2004 06:40 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's new army commander said Thursday that rebuilding trust between the military and the Tamil Tiger rebels would be his top priority to help prevent a fragile cease-fire from collapsing... Back to the top

Sri Lanka is A Land Like No Other
tv, Jul 01. Sri Lanka’s idyllic landscape and a mercurial mix of opportunities are the ultimate holiday destination... Back to the top

Norway vows to continue efforts to revive Sri Lankan peace process
Associated Press, Thu July 1, 2004 08:41 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norwegian peace brokers remain committed to reviving Sri Lanka - 's stalled peace process despite a failure to secure a breakthrough in their latest efforts, the president's office said Thursday... Back to the top

Norway fails to break Sri Lanka deadlock, July 1. COLOMBO (AFP) - Norwegian peace brokers failed to reach a breakthrough Wednesday in the latest bid to restart peace talks in Sri Lanka with Tamil Tiger rebels warning that the entire process was in jeopardy... Back to the top

LTTE rebel Leader Karuna to register his political party within the next two weeks?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 30, 2004, 10.50 p.m.. LTTE’s renegade Leader V. Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman is expected to register his new political party with the Elections Commissioner Dayananda Dissanayake within the first two weeks of July... Back to the top

Serendipitous species discovery in Sri Lanka, July 1. "It is most improbable that a bird entirely new to science could now exist in Ceylon," a foremost authority on Sri Lankan birdlife wrote in 1951... Back to the top

Rebel split hits Lanka talks bid, 1 July 2004 . KILINOCHCHI: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers told Norwegian peace envoys yesterday the bid to end the island's 20-year civil war cannot go forward unless the government ceases its involvement with a rival eastern faction... Back to the top

President appoints new Governor for Central Bank
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 30, 2004, 10.24 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today appointed Mr. Sunil Mendis as the Governor of the Central Bank for a six-year term, with effect from tomorrow, July 1, 2004, the Presidential Secretariat announced today... Back to the top

Lankans slam anti-conversion bill
Dawn, COLOMBO, June 30. Non-Buddhist sections of the population have protested the proposed bill prohibiting conversion from Buddhism to other religions... Back to the top

Groups blocking Government’s move to implement vital power projects?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, June 30, 2004, 10.20 p.m.. A powerful trade union of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has alleged that powerful oil based power plant lobbies supplying costly electricity to the CEB are trying to block the Government’s move to implement the long due Norochcholai coal power plant and the Upper Kotmale Hydro Power Project (UKHP), the Daily Mirror reported today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels issue ultimatum for reviving peace talks+
Associated Press, Wed June 30, 2004 09:37 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 30 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels on Wednesday accused the Colombo government of sheltering a renegade rebel leader and warned that the cease-fire agreement that halted Asia's longest running conflict for over two years has been endangered as a result... Back to the top

Solheim meets Tamilselvan
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, June 30. 2004, 01.35 p.m.. Visiting Norway's special peace envoy Erik Solheim met with LTTE political wing leader S... Back to the top

Norwegian peace envoy to meet Sri Lankan Tamil rebel leaders, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed June 30, 2004 12:05 EDT . - - COLOMBO, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Norwegian special peace envoy Erik Solheim who is currently on a four-day visit to Sri Lanka - will fly to northern town of Kilinochchi on Wednesday for talks with the rebel leaders to explore possibilities for an early resumption of peace talks, officials said... Back to the top

Norwegian peace envoy tries reviving Sri Lankan peace talks
Associated Press, Wed June 30, 2004 03:04 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Norwegian peace broker met with a top Tamil Tiger rebel leader Wednesday in the latest attempt to revive stalled peace talks between the guerrillas and the Sri Lankan government, a spokesman for the Tigers said... Back to the top

Thamilchelvan conveys LTTE ’ s stand on CFA , talks t . ., June 30. “If the Sri Lankan President and government are serious about the cease-fire agreement and peace talks they should stop sheltering Karuna and backing the murder and mayhem in which some of his henchmen are indulging Batticaloa... Back to the top

Both sides in Sri Lanka war cling to landmines, 30 Jun 2004. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (AlertNet) - It is two years since the Sri Lankan government and separatist rebels agreed a ceasefire, and people want to go home even though the peace is fragile, but the country is littered with dangerous landmines... Back to the top

Australia all out for 207, but Sri Lanka also fails early
Associated Press, Thu July 1, 2004 05:32 EDT . - - DARWIN, Australia (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Chaminda Vaas took 5-31 Thursday and moved into the upper echelon of test bowlers as 13 wickets fell on a wild first day of the first cricket test against Australia... Back to the top

Sri Lanka unveil new gun slinger, July 1, 2004. BUILT more like a ballet dancer than a belligerent paceman, Lasith Malinga's unique sling-shot action and unexpected speed has turned the first Test in Darwin on its head... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Olympic medalist settles for third in women's 200
Associated Press, Thu July 1, 2004 07:54 EDT . - - The Sri Lanka - star will be competing in the European Grand Prix starting July 5... Back to the top

Warne chases Muralitharan without absent Sri Lankan star
Associated Press, Wed June 30, 2004 03:51 EDT . - - On average, Warne takes 4.7 wickets per test, but in the series against Sri Lanka - earlier this year he took 26 wickets in three tests as he made a near-perfect comeback from his one-year doping ban... Back to the top

Preview: Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Darwin, June0, 2004. It may not hold the same sense of anticipation as the first day at the SCG, but perhaps Sri Lanka might just be grateful for being sent to Darwin instead... Back to the top

Sri Lanka A ease to win, June 30, 2004. After winning the toss and batting first, the visitors notched up an impressive 291-7 in their 50 overs... Back to the top

Bangladeshi cricket team arrives in Colombo for early Asian Cup practice
Associated Press, Thu July 1, 2004 02:45 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Bangladesh cricket team has arrived in the Sri Lankan capital two weeks ahead of the Asia Cup tournament in search of a much needed tune up... Back to the top

Klusener and Hayward back in favour for Sri Lanka tour, June 30, 2004. DURBAN, June 30 (Reuters) - South Africa included all rounder Lance Klusener in a test squad for the first time in three years on Wednesday... Back to the top

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