The Lanka Academic

JULY 15, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 101

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JVP demands impartial investigation from President on Batticaloa prison incident
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 15, 2004, 11.26 p.m.. The Government’s main ally today called upon President Chandrika Kumaratunga to hold an immediate and impartial investigation on the Batticaloa incident which left two rebels of the LTTE Karuna faction dead.

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) in a letter to President Kumaratunga today afternoon, also demanded her to take severe action against all Prison officials, who had helped the LTTE cadre of the Prabhakaran faction to bring fire arms to the prison and kill the Karuna rebels.

The party also claimed that the LTTE cadre had been in constant touch with the LTTE leadership through a mobile phone even though he was an inmate at the Batticaloa prison; The JVP called upon President Kumaratunga to issue necessary directives to officials, to take all other inmates from the Batticaloa prison, who was under threat by the LTTE (Wanni Leadership).
Published: Thu Jul 15 13:28:29 EDT 2004

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Prison Commissioner orders full scale inquiry
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 15, 2004, 11.21 p.m.. Prisons Commissioner Rumy Marzook said today that he had ordered a full-scale inquiry into this morning’s incident at the Batticaloa Prison, where an inmate had shot and killed two other inmates using a pistol. He said that a special Prison investigations team had been despatched to probe as to how the inmate had acquired the pistol at the Prison, as the area was highly protected. The shooter was equipped with a pistol and two hand grenades. One of the victims were renegade LTTE Leader Karuna’s Spokesman Satchi Master. Later police and the army launched a search operation through out the prison buildings to find any other weapons.
Published: Thu Jul 15 13:22:47 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Tamil rebels clash in high-security prison, two dead
Associated Press, Thu July 15, 2004 01:10 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A fight between Tamil Tiger factions spilled into a high-security prison in eastern Sri Lanka - Thursday, where two rebels belonging to a breakaway group were shot and killed by a rival inmate, police and Tamil sources said. Rebels were believed to have scattered 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 LTTE 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.
Published: Thu Jul 15 02:37:13 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Report: Tamil rebels kill breakaway fighter, wound two others in eastern Sri Lanka  - Associated Press
Two Karuna loyalists killed in Batticaloa prison  -

Tyronne's Name Withdrawn from UN Candidacy
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 11.30 A.M Thursday 15 July. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has written to all the Sri Lankan missions abroad that the country will not pursue the candidacy of former minister of foreign affairs Tyrone Fernando as its candidate for the post of UN Secretary General... Back to the top

Sri Lanka prime minister to visit India for talks on bilateral issues
Associated Press, Thu July 15, 2004 07:56 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Stalled peace talks with rebels, development issues and bilateral economic ties are likely topics to be discussed during a three-day visit by Sri Lanka - 's prime minister to India, his spokesman said Thursday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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

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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