The Lanka Academic

JULY 14, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 100

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Money collected in Europe and North America by the LTTE for terrorist activities are banked in Denmark and Norway – Colonel Karuna Amman.
Asian Tribune, july 15. Money collected for terrorism activities in Sri Lanka are banked in the monetary institutions in Denmark and Norway alleges Colonel Karuna Amman, in an interview he gave to the London based Thamil Broadcasting Corporation an independent Radio station on 10 of July in the Tamil language. Karuna Amman alleged that Norway Government has helped the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam with banking the money collected from the expatriates Tamils and from other questionable sources, intended to be used in the future for violent terrorist activities against the Government and the people of Sri Lanka. Full text of the interview with Venayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Colonel Karuna Amman that was aired over the London based Thamil Broadcasting Corporation on 10 July is given below. The interview was conducted by V.Ramaraj, Program Director of the TBC: More...
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Report: Tamil rebels kill breakaway fighter, wound two others in eastern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed July 14, 2004 12:05 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels ambushed a group of breakaway cadres in eastern Sri Lanka - on Wednesday, killing one and wounding two others, a pro-rebel Web site reported. ed from their strongholds in eastern Sri Lanka - . Sporadic violence has occurred in the region since then.

The Tigers have accused government forces of using Muralitharan's loyalists to kill its guerrillas, but the government denies the allegation.

The LTT began fighting in 1983 to create a separate state for ethnic minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination. About 65,000 people were killed in the civil war before a Norway-brokered cease-fire halted violence in February 2002.

Subsequent peace talks were suspended in April 2003 when the rebels withdrew, accusing the government of reneging on its promises to rebuild Sri Lanka - 's northeast the region worst affected by the conflict.

The truce has largely held despite the deadlock in peace talks, but the rift in rebel ranks has raised fears that the island nation may slip back into civil war.

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JVP says no to ISGA, might pull out of Government if President ignores their warning
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 14, 2004, 10.36 p.m.. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has insisted that a settlement to the country’s ethnic problem should be reached only through discussions and not through military means. The JVP which is the main constituent of the ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance has however strongly objected to any moves by the Government to grant the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) to the LTTE, which according to the JVP is the stepping stone for a separate state ‘Tamil Eelam’.

The JVP has put up a series of posters, which depict ‘'Defeat the LTTE's effort to set up an Interim Administration'. According to reports, the JVP hierarchy has made their position ‘very clear’ to President Chandrika Kumaratunga. However, sources note that in the event the President does decide to shrug off the warning by the JVP and go ahead and grant the ISGA, the JVP might then pull out of the Government, which has only 106 seats in Parliament. The JVP has 39 MPs in the Alliance.
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JHU says wont support Government moves to oust Speaker
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 14, 2004, 10.25 p.m.. Following the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government threat to remove Speaker W... Back to the top

Government and LTTE urged to sign treaty banning the use of anti-personnel landmines
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 14, 2004, 10.14 p.m.. The Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum today called on the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to sign two international instruments banning the use and stockpiling of anti-personnel landmines, a media release by the Forum stated... Back to the top

Return to war in Sri Lanka inevitable, July 14. Former LTTE Commander Karuna's defection was supported at the highest levels of the Sri Lankan government with tacit US approval, according to US geopolitical analysts... Back to the top

Sri Lankan press under threat - French media watchdog warns
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 14, 2004, 5.05 p.m. Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF), the French media watchdog yesterday said that the recent cases involving the murder and assault of journalists, is seriously jeopardizing press freedom and the peace process in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Eighth Asia Cup ceremonially launched in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed July 14, 2004 10:51 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The six-nation Asia Cup cricket tournament was officially launched in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, on Wednesday... Back to the top

European truce monitors say Sri Lanka 's suicide bombing violates truce
Associated Press, Wed July 14, 2004 02:28 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) International truce monitors ruled that a suicide bombing in Sri Lanka - 's capital violated a two-year cease-fire and they urged both Tamil Tiger rebels and the government to take immediate steps to prevent the truce from collapsing, officials said Wednesday... Back to the top

JVP opposes Chandrika s bid to resume talks with LTTE, Wednesday, July 14, 2004 . Colombo, July 13 (UNI) The radical Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), the major coalition partner of the ruling Freedom Alliance government led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, has come out publically against resumption of peace talks with the Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Not content with sharing record, Warne earmarks wickets in India
Associated Press, Wed July 14, 2004 03:24 EDT . Warne took his 527th wicket to equal Muttiah Muralitharan's record for most wickets in test cricket late Tuesday as the second match against Sri Lanka - ended in a draw... Back to the top

Peace no longer on Sri Lanka agenda?, Wednesday, July 14, 2004. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- A heavy air of pessimism and despondency has descended in Sri Lanka amid ominous signs the country may be slipping back into war after two-and-a-half years of relative peace... Back to the top

Sri Lanka government, Tamil Tigers urged to ban mines
Associated Press, Wed July 14, 2004 09:01 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Humanitarian activists on Wednesday urged the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels to sign a treaty banning land mines blamed for killing or injuring nearly 4,000 people in the island's war-ravaged north and east... Back to the top

World News Sri Lankan minister visits war-torn town:, July 14, 2004. Sri Lanka's Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake Monday visited the northern town of Jaffna in what was his first trip there since assuming office, Xinhua reports... Back to the top

Norway advises Government and LTTE to maintain integrity of Ceasefire Agreement
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 13, 2004, 10.13 p.m.. Norwegian Ambassador Hans Brattskar today intimated the urgent need for both the Government and the LTTE to work hard towards maintaining the integrity of the Ceasefire Agreement... Back to the top

Opposition claims people have rejected Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 13, 2004, 10.10 p.m.. The Opposition United National Party today claimed that the people have rejected the United Peoples Freedom Alliance’s Government’s policies... Back to the top

Sri Lanka embraces outsourcing, july 13. Sri Lanka is to become the latest destination for British companies outsourcing their operations overseas... Back to the top

71 out of 73 Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna members elected for PCs
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 13, 2004, 9.58 p.m.. At the recent concluded Provincial Councils election, 71 members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) have been elected to Provincial Councils... Back to the top

Tigers agree to help military to control killings and violence in Vavuniya
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 13, 2004, 7.40 p.m. Tamil Tigers have agreed to provide support to the armed forces to control the violence and killings in the Vavuniya district... Back to the top

Deputy Defence Minister advises troops to stay alert
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 13, 2004, 7.39 p.m. Deputy Defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake yesterday adviced military personnel to stay prepared and alert and continue their training, despite the Ceasefire Agreement ‘inforce’... Back to the top

Warne joins Murali at 527 but Sri Lanka hold on, July 13, 2004. Cairns: Shane Warne took a world record-equalling 527th wicket on Tuesday but Sri Lanka held on to draw the second and final Test... Back to the top

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