The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 10, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 127

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Tigers step up attacks as peace plan hits snag
gulf news, aug 11. Colombo : Tamil guerrillas are making use of the lull in the peace process and the delay in resuming talks to strengthen their positions without any serious objections from the government. Guerrillas, unlike in the past who faced strong opposition and protest campaigns from the Marxist JVP (Peoples Liberation Front) for their activities now hardly face any opposition, except for the strong statements made by the JVP members in front of their own party members. The rebels over the past few weeks have killed more than a dozen of their opponents, opened up new courts in an area controlled by them, sent in additional cadres to a camp located in a government controlled area and been engaged in a series of ceasefire violations. In the latest incident reported from the eastern province, LTTE cadres in two separate attacks killed two supporters of the renegade regional military wing leader, V. Muralitharan alias Karuna over the weekend. More...
Published: Tue Aug 10 20:56:13 EDT 2004

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President refuses to meet JVP leaders
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 10, 2004, 10.47 p.m.. Differences within the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government reached new heights today when President Chandrika Kumaratunga refused to meet with the Alliance’s main ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna; today’s meeting was also termed as a ‘crucial meeting’.

While failing to give an acceptable excuse, the President had in a brief note informed the JVP members that ‘she was very busy with work’ and so cannot meet them. The meeting was to be held today evening.

Sources said that a JVP request for another meeting was also disregarded by Ms. Kumaratunga’, who had however through her private secretary informed the JVP members that she will inform them when she is free. Both parties were expected to meet today to discuss at length the peace process and the independent perspective of each party over the possible resumption of peace talks and the controversial Interim Self Governing Authority proposals.
Published: Tue Aug 10 12:50:22 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Despite ‘melting war’, Norwegians are coming back
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 10, 2004, 10.59 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has extended an invitation to Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen to visit Sri Lanka shortly and help revive the stalled peace process.

Meanwhile, Mr. Helgessen is expected to arrive in the country within the next two weeks. The President's invitation to the Norwegians comes amidst a recent declaration from one of her senior Minister’s that the Norwegians have failed in their duty in trying to bring the LTTE to the negotiating table. The Norwegians who were in the country a few weeks back left the island saying that the ‘frozen war was starting to melt’. During his latest visit, he will meet President Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and the LTTE’s political wing Leader S.P. Tamilselvan.
Published: Tue Aug 10 13:02:09 EDT 2004 Back to the top

S. Lanka 's peace talks could resume on basis of proposals by two sides: official, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue August 10, 2004 12:55 EDT . COLOMBO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Head of the government peace secretariat has said that the stalled peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels could resume on the basis of proposals by the two sides, the pro-rebel TamilNet website reported on Tuesday. The Sri Lankan government is also preparing a draft interim proposal like the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)... Back to the top

U.S. Embassy in Sri Lanka closed for 'security reasons'+
Associated Press, Tue August 10, 2004 07:58 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Aug. 10 (Kyodo) The U.S. Embassy in Colombo was closed Tuesday for ''security reasons'' and staff were asked to leave the office and not return until further notice, an embassy spokesman and an embassy employee said... Back to the top

Reports: Sri Lanka 's medal hopes fade as Jayasinghe withdraws from Games
Associated Press, Tue August 10, 2004 04:09 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sprinter Susanthika Jayasinghe, Sri Lanka - 's first ever Olympic medal-winner, will not run at the Athens Games due to a recurring leg injury, dashing the South Asian country's medal hopes, newspapers reported Tuesday... Back to the top

Government’s Peace Secretariat Chief appeals to Army and LTTE to adhere to CFA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 9, 2004, 10.09 p.m.. The Government’s Peace Secretariat Chief Jayantha Dhanapala while noting that the second largest number of ceasefire violations had occurred in Jaffna, appealed to the Sri Lanka Army and the LTTE to reduce the number of violations by adhering to the provisions of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA)... Back to the top

LTTE supporters meet in Pondy?
com, Aug 10. On the face of it, they say it is a World Tamil Conference... Back to the top

No objection to confederation in Lanka: Sitaram Yechury, August 10. India's Left parties would have no objection if Sri Lankans decided to turn their country into a "confederation" to solve the Tamil problem, Sitaram Yechury, a leading Indian Leftist leader, said on Tuesday... Back to the top

US embassy in Sri Lanka closed after threat, August 10, 2004, 7:45 EDT. COLOMBO : The US embassy in Sri Lanka was closed and its staff ordered to leave the compound following an unspecified threat, diplomatic sources here said... Back to the top

Tamilselvan tells graduates to ‘contribute their maximum to the welfare of the Tamil Nation’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 9, 2004, 10.00 p.m.. “While congratulating the graduates who are passing out today after a year of intensive training, I wish to call upon you to give your maximum gained in this course to the welfare of the Tamil nation which has witnessed a devastating war of two decades... Back to the top

No ‘emergency’ assures Government
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 9, 2004, 9.51 p.m.. The Government today strongly refuted media reports that it had declared a state of emergency in the Western Province... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to feel the pressure, August 10, 2004, 7:45 EDT. South Africa captain Graeme Smith aims to put Sri Lanka under pressure in the second Test in Colombo... Back to the top

U.S. State Department to inspect de-mining efforts in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon August 9, 2004 10:21 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Two U.S. State Department officials arrived Monday in Sri Lanka - to inspect efforts to remove thousands of land mines planted during nearly two decades of civil war... Back to the top

Wedding trip unveils the beauty of Sri Lanka
Post-Gazette, August 09, 2004, 16:00 EDT. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- My parents, all four of them, have just arrived in Asia... Back to the top

Drought conditions in Sri Lanka worsening: FAO, August 10, 2004, 7:45 EDT. With drought conditions in Sri Lanka worsening and the cumulative rainfall by mid - July falling some 30 to 50 per cent below normal in most areas, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has warned that the next couple of months will be critical Back to the top

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