The Lanka Academic

JULY 22, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 108

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Minister takes Karuna to Singapore; LTTE says if Karuna returns, ‘war is inevitable’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 22, 2004, 11.04 p.m.. LTTE rebel leader Karuna is alleged to have accompanied a senior Government Minister to Singapore yesterday, the Tamil National Alliance disclosed today in Parliament.

Minister of Tourism and Investment promotion Anura Bandaranaike, incidentally the brother of President Chandrika Kumaratunga, had taken Karuna along with him to Singapore. However sources noted that the LTTE has no apprehension with the Government despite a senior Minister taking Karuna out of the country, but the LTTE proxy Tamil National Alliance has warned that in the event Karuna does return back against to Sri Lanka, then war could be ‘inevitable’. However, reports reaching the Lanka Academic claimed that, when the Tamil National Alliance’s MP K. Sivajilingam made this revelation in Parliament today afternoon, not a single MP from the Government had denied it.
Published: Thu Jul 22 13:12:17 EDT 2004

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SLMM has urged Government to take all necessary steps to curb deteriorating situation
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 22, 2004, 10.50 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has urged the government to take meaningful and effective action to curb the activities of paramilitary groups including that of the LTTE rebel leader Karuna’s faction and the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party", said Major General Trond Furuhovde, Head of the Mission. He gave this undertaking when he met with LTTE’s political wing leader S.P. Tamilselvan today during a meeting.

Tamilselvan raised the issue of law and order in Batticaloa and the disturbing trend consequent to the activities of the various paramilitary groups. The LTTE Political Chief expressed great concern over the risk faced by unarmed LTTE members in the Government controlled areas of the North East, the LTTE peace secretariat announced. . Responding to Tamilselvan concerns, Major General Furuhovde noted that he has already urged the Government to take effective measures to arrest the deteriorating situation.
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Truce monitors discuss faltering cease-fire with Tigers, then government officials
Associated Press, Thu July 22, 2004 03:49 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European cease-fire monitors held talks Thursday with Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka - amid heightening fears that hostilities between the Tigers and the government could resume. The talks came just two days after Thamilselvan told guerrilla leaders that Sri Lanka - was at ``the edge of war.''

The government and the Tigers signed a Norwegian-brokered cease-fire in February 2002, to halt two decades of fighting that killed nearly 65,000 people. The agreement has held, even though peace talks have been stalled since April 2003.

But in recent weeks the truce has looked increasingly fragile.

There have been sporadic killings across eastern Sri Lanka - , and on July 7 a suicide bomber killed herself and four police officers in the capital. The rebels condemned the attack and denied responsibility, although suicide bombings were a hallmark of the Tigers' campaign before the cease-fire.

The Tigers have accused the government of backing a renegade rebel commander who broke away from the main faction in March saying the rebels wanted to resume the civil war.

Last week, the European cease-fire monitors warned the government and the rebels that if immediate steps are not taken to arrest the violence, the cease-fire could collapse.
Published: Thu Jul 22 08:00:25 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Government staffers aided suicide bomber
gulf news, july 22. Colombo: The suicide bomber who made an abortive attempt to assassinate a cabinet minister of the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) early this month was assisted by a group of government employees to prepare forged identity cards, a court inquiry has revealed... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition says peace process in jeopardy, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu July 22, 2004 11:57 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main opposition said Thursday that the ongoing Norwegian-backed ceasefire with the Tamil Tiger rebels is in serious jeopardy... Back to the top

Tigers kill Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman in Akkaraipattu
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 21, 2004, 8.20 p.m.. Tamil Tigers today evening gunned down a senior Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) cadre, who is also the Chairman of the Alaiyadivembu Pradheshiya Sabha in Akkaraipattu... Back to the top

Worst ever dengue epidemic hits Sri Lanka
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 22, 2004, 10.34 p.m.. Some 60 deaths, and approximately 10,000 persons have been affected by the dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Treasury Welcomes Entry Into Force Of U.S.-Sri Lanka Income Tax Treaty
Associated Press, Thu July 22, 2004 10:28 EDT . FDCH e-Media, Inc.The Treasury Department today welcomed the entry into force of the income tax treaty between the United States and Sri Lanka - on July 12, 2004. This new tax treaty relationship will serve to eliminate tax barriers to cross-border trade and investment between the two countries... Back to the top

LTTE for talks on interim authority
Dawn, COLOMBO, July 21. The Tamil Tigers have reiterated their call to restart peace negotiations on the basis of action to set up an interim administration for the island's war-torn regions... Back to the top

An Open Letter To My Countrymen
Asian Tribune, 2004-07-22. The thought of returning to a state of war in Sri Lanka is not one that should make anyone happy... Back to the top

Lanka is at the edge of war, warns LTTE, July 22, 2004. Colombo, July 21 (UNI) Sounding a stern warning, a senior leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels has said that the embattled island nation is again at the edge of war with both principal parties in the negotiating process now engaging in war preparation... Back to the top

Life in Lanka, July 22, 2004. Harbhajan Singh received an aggressive welcome on his return to international cricket after an eight-month injury lay-out when Bangladesh's new left-hander Faisal Hossain hoisted the off-spinner for a six over long-on in his very first over... Back to the top

Image Gallery of Asia Cup 2004: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
com, July 22, 2004. Pakistan crashed to their lowest-ever total against Sri Lanka before suffering a seven-wicket defeat in their opening Asia Cup super-league match on Wednesday... Back to the top

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