The Lanka Academic

JULY 28, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 114

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Norwegian peace mission fails to restart Sri Lanka peace talks; warns of complacency
Associated Press, Wed July 28, 2004 08:17 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Hopes that the government and Tamil Tiger rebels would soon restart peace talks plunged Wednesday after a top Norwegian envoy said there is ``little reason for optimism.'' Sri Lanka - 's fragile peace process is facing the biggest test since Norway brokered a cease-fire agreement in February 2002 and comes after the Tamil rebels warned that the island nation was on the brink of war.

The Tigers began fighting in 1983 to create a separate state for minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination. The war left 65,000 people dead before the truce. Subsequent peace talks collapsed in April 2003.

Helgesen said he was ``disturbed'' about recent violence that was confined mostly to Sri Lanka - 's east but spilled to the capital earlier this month with the first suicide bombing since the truce. On Sunday eight people believed to be supporters of a renegade leader were gunned-down in their sleep in suburban Colombo.

``The ground situation now gives little reason for optimism,'' said Helgesen, who is Norway's deputy foreign minister, adding that the security situation was the biggest impediment to resume peace talks.

``The level of trust (between government and Tigers) is pretty low and the ground situation is not conducive to resume talks.''
Published: Wed Jul 28 10:01:36 EDT 2004

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Oslo to raise Muslim case with LTTE
Dawn, COLOMBO, July 27. Visiting Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister, Vidar Helgessan, has pledged to take up the Muslim aspect of the peace process with the LTTE, according to the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress.

Rauf Hakeem, leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress in an interview with Dawn last night, soon after he met with the Norwegian deputy foreign minister, said that he was assured of Norway's support to lobby for the rights of the Muslims in LTTE-controlled North East. More...
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Sri Lanka s ceasefire with Tamil Tigers in jeopardy, July 28, 2004 07:50 EDT. A Norwegian peace envoy is winding up a visit to Sri Lanka, after failing to convince the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to resume direct peace talks. Our reporter Gina Wilkinson, who is in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, says human rights groups are warning the country's ceasefire is at risk. More...
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Kumaratunga Will Discuss Creating a Tamil Authority, BBC Says, July 28, 2004 07:50 EDT. July 28 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's President Chandrika Kumaratunga said her government is willing to discuss an interim Tamil local authority in peace talks with the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the British Broadcasting Corp... Back to the top

Lanka halts commemorative coins sale, 29 July 2004 . COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's central bank has suspended sales of precious metal commemorative coins that were becoming gold mines for speculators... Back to the top

Lankan Govt accused of having an agenda to weaken LTTE, Jul 27 . Colombo, Jul 27 - 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

Security to be tighten in and around colombo, July 27 . Colombo, July 27 (UNI) Following the gunning down of eight Karuna's key associates on the outskirts of the capitl last Sunday, the Sri Lankan Government has decided to strenghten the security measures to prevent smuggled weapons to enter the city... Back to the top

Sri Lankan skipper Atapattu delighted at Jayasuriya's return to form
Associated Press, Wed July 28, 2004 07:06 EDT . SANDEEP NAKAI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Opener Sanath Jayasuriya's return to form with two successive centuries in the Asia Cup has brought the smile back to the face of Sri Lankan cricket captain Marvan Atapattu... Back to the top

Lanka Govt tones down condition for talks with LTTE, July 28, 2004 07:50 EDT. Colombo, Jul 28 - The Sri Lankan government has toned down its condition for holding peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), raising hopes of a speedy resumption of talks, which were stalled in April 2003... Back to the top

No agreement to revive Sri Lanka peace talks: Norway, July 28, 2004 07:50 EDT. Sri Lanka's peace broker Norway has failed to secure an agreement with Tamil Tiger rebels to resume talks with the Colombo government, President Chandrika Kumaratunga's office said today... Back to the top

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,... Back to the top

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... 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

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India pip Lanka to move into Asia Cup final, July 28, 2004 07:50 EDT. Colombo, Jul 28 - India scripted a stunning last ball victory against a Sanath Jayasuriya-inspired Sri Lanka to move into the final of the Asia Cup cricket tournament here today, edging out Pakistan... Back to the top

Creme de la creme: chefs to the chiefs meet in Maryland
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