The Lanka Academic

JULY 27, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 113

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President indicates her Government’s willingness to base talks on interim authority
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 27, 2004, 10.52 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today indicated her Government’s willingness to commence negotiations with the LTTE based on an interim authority. She made this indication when she met Norway’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vidar Helgessen.

Mr. Helgessen briefed the President on his discussion with LTTE political wing leader S. P. Tamilselvan. During his meeting with President, Helgessen assured that the LTTE remained committed to the Ceasefire Agreement, but had noted that they (LTTE) are willing to come to the negotiating table only if the Government agrees to base talks on the Interim Self Governing Authority.

“The President indicated to Mr. Helgessen that her Government is willing and keen to commence negotiations on an interim authority within the framework of a united State and to reach a durable solution to the conflict,” the Presidential Secretariat said.

The Government hopes that the LTTE will agree to resume talks on this basis. The President reiterated her commitment to the Ceasefire Agreement and condemned the recent incidents of violence, the secretariat added.
Published: Tue Jul 27 12:54:32 EDT 2004

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LTTE shoots anti-LTTE journalist in Trinco
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 27, 2004, 10.36 p.m.. LTTE cadres allegedly shot a Tamil Journalist at Ariyampathi in Trincomalee yesterday night, the journalist is attached ‘Thinamurusu’, which is an anti-LTTE newspaper,. Police said that the journalist was at his residence when two cadres arrived and opened fire at him. The journalist has been severely injured due to the shooting. “His legs has been badly damaged and he is currently undergoing treatment at the Trincomalee Hospital,” a police spokesman said.
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Freedom of expression threatened in Sri Lanka says IFJ
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 27, 2004, 10.34 p.m.. The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) yesterday condemned Sri Lankan police action to raid the house of Dharmaratnam Sivaram, while noting that such incidents were threatening the freedom of expression in Sri Lanka. IFJ President Christopher Warren said, "It is the responsibility of the police to work to protect journalists' rights and to act in the interests of a free press, not against it". In a letter to the Government of Sri Lanka, the IFJ condemned the actions taken by the police in these incidents and called for a public explanation for the raid of Sivaram's house.

"The actions taken by the police are deplorable and the Government needs to act immediately to quash this heavy-handed approach being taken by the Sri Lankan security forces," said Warren. On 23 July 2004, a dozen police raided the house of Sivaram a columnist with the Daily Mirror and board member of the news website Tamilnet. It was the second raid by police in three months, the previous raid was carried out on May 3.
Published: Tue Jul 27 12:37:57 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Tamil rebels warn of ``hidden agenda''; Norwegian envoy to meet with Sri Lankan president
Associated Press, Tue July 27, 2004 02:59 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels on Tuesday accused the government of having a ``hidden agenda'' to weaken them, as a Norwegian envoy prepared to meet with Sri Lanka - 's president in hopes of getting derailed truce talks back on track... Back to the top

Norwegian Mediators Not Optimistic About Lanka Peace Process, July 27, 2004, 08:15 EDT. Colombo, July 27 (NNN): Norwegian mediators say they are not optimistic about the future of Sri Lanka's peace process... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition calls for probe on rebel internecine clash, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon July 26, 2004 12:19 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's main opposition Monday called for a probe into a shooting incident that has resulted in the deaths of eight members loyal to a renegade Tamil Tiger rebel faction in the east... Back to the top

LTTE intensifies search for Karuna loyalists
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 26, 2004, 9.28 p.m.. The LTTE has intensified its checking in al un-cleared areas (areas that come under their purview)... Back to the top

Manel Jayasena's final journey
Daily News, Tuesday, 27 July 2004. Luxmi Manel Illangakoon Jayasena stage and tele-star par excellence who lived in the hearts of millions of people in this country was cremated yesterday... Back to the top

LTTE insists that ISGA should be the basis if peace talks are to resume
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 26, 2004, 9.33 p.m.. The LTTE today declared that they are willing to resume peace talks with the Government, only if it agrees to base talks on the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA)... Back to the top

Pak New Envoy For Increased Economic Ties With Sri Lanka, 2004-07-27 . ISLAMABAD, Pakistan : July 27 (PNS) - Pakistan and Sri Lanka need to Work more vigorously in the field of trade and commerce, Pakistan's new envoy to Colombo, Bashir Wali Mohmand said in an interview published on Monday... Back to the top

India enters Asia Cup final with four-run victory against Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue July 27, 2004 13:28 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) India defeated Sri Lanka - by four runs Tuesday in a second-round match of the Asia Cup cricket tournament... Back to the top

India v Sri Lanka: Over the years, July 27, 2004, 08:15 EDT. India take on Sri Lanka in a do-or-die match of the Asia Cup cricket tournament in Colombo on Tuesday... Back to the top

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