The Lanka Academic

JULY 31, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 117

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Sri Lanka rebels kill senior intelligence operative+
Associated Press, Sat July 31, 2004 07:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, July 31 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tigers on Saturday shot dead a senior military intelligence operative working with the army in a daylight attack that shattered the holiday calm of a popular shopping district in the heart of the capital. Yogarajan had been among the first Tamil militant youths trained in a camp run by Indian intelligence in South India at a time when India supported Sri Lanka - 's Tamil rebels, a spokesman for the organization he belonged to at that time said.

According to well-informed sources, the LTTE suspected Yogarajan of being deeply involved in a suspected plot to take advantage of internecine fighting within Tiger ranks following the breakaway of the LTTE's eastern commander Karuna in March.

Less than a week ago, the Tigers shot dead eight Karuna loyalists, including his chief lieutenant, in a safe house near Colombo.

The army has denied interfering in the LTTE's internal fighting but the Tigers insist that elements in the military are assisting Karuna, now underground, an allegation rejected by the government.

Senior police officials accused the LTTE of taking advantage of the cease-fire agreement to target opponents, their task being made easier as the agreement prohibits the arrest of suspects under the tough Prevention of Terrorism Act.
Published: Sat Jul 31 09:29:22 EDT 2004

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Norwegian peace says that there is no sign Sri Lanka was any ..., 2004.08.01. Norwegian peace envoy Vidar Helgesen has said that there was no sign Sri Lanka was any closer to resuming peace talks between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels. Helgesen made the comment after a three day meeting with the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil tigers. Helgesen said that the peace process was at a low point and the agenda for talks was no longer the main stumbling block. He said that his team would do some serious reflections on possible steps to take. They would also consider what the international community as a whole can do will seek advice from other members of the international community in solving the problem. More...
Published: Sat Jul 31 22:30:11 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Government’s main ally sounds warning bells to President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 31, 2004, 11.40 p.m.. A senior member of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has threatened that his party will pull out of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government, if President Kumaratunga goes ahead with the proposal of resuming peace talks with the LTTE based on the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA), the Daily Mirror reported.

According to a top JVP member the Alliance was formed with the intention of banishing concepts of the previous United National Front administration which was at the brink of granting a Tamil Eelam (separate state), destroying the country’s heritage, and diminishing the nation’s democracy.

“We formed the UPFA to banish such concepts, but if certain individuals in the UPFA continue with the same concept of the UNF, then there is no point in us being with the coalition,” the JVPer noted.

However another JVP source stressed that in the event the President does decide to go ahead with talks on the ISGA, there is always an option of ‘negotiations rather than swift drastic measures such as pulling out of the Government.’ But he added ‘time will tell’.

The JVP has 39 seats in the 106 member minority Government. The source also reiterated that his party has always opposed moves by anyone to grant the ISGA, and will continue to do so in the future even if the party happens to be the present Government, in which they are the main ally.
Published: Sat Jul 31 13:44:14 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Oslo Conference on "Road Maps to Peace in Sri Lanka" - 20 August 2004
Asian Tribune, July 31. Oslo, 01 August: The World Alliance for Peace in Sri Lanka (WAPS) jointly with its Norwegian Counterpart R-Centre is organizing a full-day seminar on LTTE terrorism to be held in Oslo, Norway on August 20... Back to the top

Indians are worried by Jayasuriya's form, says Sri Lankan captain Atapattu
Associated Press, Sat July 31, 2004 10:20 EDT . SANDEEP NAKAI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan skipper Marvan Atapattu believes his team goes into Sunday's Asia Cup final against India with a massive advantage with the opposition is worried by opener Sanath Jayasuriya's blazing form... Back to the top

Norway exaggerated crisis: Lanka
Dawn, COLOMBO, July 31. The Alliance government of President Kumaratunga has said Norway "exaggerated" the current crisis relating to the peace process with the LTTE... Back to the top

TNA asks for a written assurance from President
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, July 31, 2004, 11.37 p.m.. Following a recent indication by President Chandrika Kumaratunga that she is willing to base talks with the LTTE on an Interim Authority, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has requested the President Chandrika Kumaratunga to give her undertaking in writing, so that the country will not be let down once again... Back to the top

World Bank helps Sri Lankan Government empower poor people
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 31, 2004, 11.21 p.m.. Supporting the Governments efforts to address the needs of the poorest of the poor communities in Sri Lanka, the World Bank has signed an agreement providing a grant for US$51 million for the Community-Development and Livelihood Improvement of the “Gemi Diriya” project... Back to the top

Tongues still wagging over India s win over Lanka :, July 31, 2004. Sports India > Colombo, July 30 : If a captain loses a match, you would least expect him to smile... Back to the top

LTTE hands over under aged recruits to transit centre
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, July 31, 2004, 11.19 p.m.. Thirty four youngsters who enrolled themselves to the LTTE submitting false particulars, especially of their age, had been identified as under aged following action taken by a special committee appointed to deal with the issue of child recruits, the LTTE peace secretariat stated... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition s support for peace regarded as plot, 2004-07-31 12:54:19. COLOMBO, July 31 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan main opposition's pledge of unconditional support to the government is a devious plot to create internal division in the government, state-owned radio said here on Saturday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Tamil rebels release 34 child soldiers, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri July 30, 2004 13:52 EDT . - - es. Geoffrey Keele, UNICEF spokesperson in Sri Lanka - said... Back to the top

Enchanted by Sri Lanka
thestar online, Saturday July 31, 2004. FOR an island that is slightly smaller than Sabah, Sri Lanka has remarkable diversity... Back to the top

Conversion bill angers Lankan Christians
Dawn, COLOMBO, July 30. Twenty two petitions have been lodged against the proposed anti-conversion bill that looks to prevent conversion from Buddhism to other religions... Back to the top

Regional cooperation can counter globalization dangers in South-Southeast Asia, leaders say
Associated Press, Sat July 31, 2004 02:00 EDT . UAMDAO NOIKORN - Associated Press Writer - The summit is discussing ways to bring greater prosperity to the developing economies of member countries, which include Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka - and Thailand... Back to the top

South Africa toil on day two of Sri Lanka warm-up, July 31, 2004, 9:30 EDT. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, July 31 (Reuters) - South Africa struggled with bat and ball on the second day of their warm-up match against a Sri Lanka Board President's XI on Saturday... Back to the top

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