The Lanka Academic

 
AUGUST 12, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 129

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Security forces and LTTE promises to respect CFA, Government reiterates commitment for peace
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 12, 2004, 11.58 p.m. . Security forces and the LTTE have agreed to continue to honour and respect the Ceasefire Agreement, which was entered into between the Government of Sri Lanka and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on February 22, 2002.

The security forces and the LTTE gave this undertaking to the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission when they met in Ampara yesterday after a lapse of nearly three months.

Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission in a release today stated, “The parties reviewed and discussed general matters. A common understanding was reached regarding body checks, baggage checks and vehicle checks. It was also agreed by both parties to honour and cooperate in order to avoid any violation of Ceasefire Agreement.

The parties also agreed to continue to respect the Ceasefire Agreement entered into between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the 22nd of February 2002. Meanwhile the Government today once again reiterated reiterates its firm commitment to resuming peace talks with the LTTE as soon as possible. However, the Freedom Alliance Government noted that it will never approve violence which violates the ceasefire agreement.
Published: Thu Aug 12 14:20:54 EDT 2004


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Sri Lanka’s landmine nightmare continues….
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 12, 2004, 11.56 p.m.. Despite the number of land mine related incidents having dropped from an initial 15-20 a month (before the Ceasefire Agreement) to 4-7 incidents since the agreement was signed, still people continue to be affected by the estimated 1 to 1.5 million anti-personnel mines that contaminate the districts of the North and East, said the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies.

Jaffna, Killinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Ampara districts have been recognized as the most affected districts due to the land mine issue. The consortium notes that even though the number of land mine incidents have lessened considerably mainly due to the CFA, “landmines, unexploded ordnance and improvised explosive devices have and will continue to have a serious impact on Sri Lankan society. The impact ranges from deaths, injuries and restrictions to normal life of civilians to the impediment of relief and development projects envisaged by national and local authorities.”

According to data, 1042 people have been affected by mines and unexploded ordnance, however this records are only after 1995. One hundred and fifty three of these incidents resulted in deaths. “Proper records were not kept prior to 1995 and some incidents may have not been reported,” the consortium stressed. There are also more than 2500 military causalities due to land mines, according to the Sri Lanka Army. This is apart from the 1042 civilian causalities
Published: Thu Aug 12 14:18:06 EDT 2004 Back to the top


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JVP says it wont let the Government give LTTE duty free vehicles
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 12, 2004, 11.15 p.m.. The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is blocking Government moves to granting four duty free vehicles for the exclusive use of the LTTE. The Government on Monday approved the request on grounds of ‘peace building and strengthening the peace process’.

The JVP, is the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government’s main ally and secured 39 parliamentary seats at the April 2 General Election. The Secretariat for Co-ordinating the Peace Process on Monday informed the LTTE that the State had agreed to grant four vehicles to the organisation sans tax.

However, the JVP Propaganda Secretary and Parliamentary group Leader Wimal Weerawansa is reported to have voiced his disapproval on the matter yesterday when he was addressing a public rally. Meanwhile, Agricultural Minister Anura Dissanayake, also a senior member of the JVP told reporters today during the weekly Cabinet press briefing that his party will block any such plans of the Government in granting tax free vehicles to the LTTE.
Published: Thu Aug 12 13:58:22 EDT 2004 Back to the top


Government protests Tamil Tiger rebel build up in Sri Lanka 's east
Associated Press, Thu August 12, 2004 06:27 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government said Thursday it has lodged a complaint with cease-fire monitors about a build up of Tamil Tiger rebel military installations near a major naval base in the country's east, amid fears the island may slip back to war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka will not go back to a full fledged war says senior Norwegian official
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 12, 2004, 11.32 p.m.. First Secretary of the Royal Norwegian Embassy Christian Fougner called upon international investors to invest in Sri Lanka, as he is optimistic that the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE will not go back to a full-fledged war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to boost national production to control prices of essential commodities
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 12, 2004, 11.19 p.m.. The government has decided to boost national production in a bid to control the prices of essential commodities... Back to the top

Karuna Speaks: I am a Tiger and I will never eat grass even when I am famished.
Asian Tribune, August 12, 2004, 09:15 EDT. Karuna continues to speak to the "Asian Tribune": I am one who has never supported any Sinhalese leaders politically or otherwise, up to date... Back to the top

Karuna Speaks: Peace talks the biggest comical circus being staged by Prapakaran
Asian Tribune, August 12, 2004, 09:15 EDT. Karuna continues : yesterday I spoke about Karikalan. In fact Karikalan is a friend of mine... Back to the top

US embassy in Colombo remains shut amid investigations
hindustantimes.com, August 12, 2004, 14:00 EDT. The US Embassy in Sri Lanka remained closed on Thursday for a third straight day as tests were carried out on a suspicious white powder received in the mail... Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt not soft on rebels: spokesman, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu August 12, 2004 12:56 EDT . - - be acting within the ceasefire. That was why we have brought it to the attention of the SLMM (Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission), he said... Back to the top

Peace Group wants immediate actions against killings
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 12, 2004, 4.54 p.m. The Peace Support Group (PSG) condemning the recent killings and violence urged the government and the LTTE, to take immediate steps to initiate discussions among the law enforcement agencies operating in their areas regarding the obstacles to pursue investigations into these killings which have taken place in both LTTE controlled areas as well as in government controlled areas... Back to the top

LTTE build up at Trincomalee harbour worries Lankan Govt
hindustantimes.com, August 12, 2004, 09:15 EDT. The Sri Lankan government is deeply concerned about the rapid LTTE military build up near the strategically vital Trincomalee naval base and civilian harbour... Back to the top

New code of ethics for state electronic media.
Asian Tribune, August 12, 2004, 09:45 EDT. A new code of ethics is to be introduced for the state electronic media... Back to the top

US embassy in Colombo remains closed: spokesman
xinhuanet.com, 2004-08-12 05:44:38. WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (Xinhuanet) -- The US embassy in Colombo, Sri Lanka remained closed on Wednesday one day after it received mail containing an unidentified powdery substance, deputy spokesman of the State Department Adam Ereli said. "We're in the process of determining what the white powder was," Ereli told a regular briefing, adding that it is yet to know when the embassy will be open... Back to the top

Sri Lanka President ordered to provide relief immediately to those affected by the drought.
Asian Tribune, August 12, 2004, 09:45 EDT. Colombo 12 August: Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, President of Sri Lanka, yesterday, instructed the disaster management council to immediately provide relief to the masses suffering Back to the top

Sri Lanka vs. South Africa scores
Associated Press, Thu August 12, 2004 08:40 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Scoreboard at stumps Thursday, the second day of the second cricket test between Sri Lanka - and South Africa at Colombo's Sinhalese Sports Club ground... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s rebels request final solution with govt
xinhuanet.com, 2004-08-12 13:21:15. COLOMBO, Aug. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- The total clearance of mines in Sri Lanka's war-battered north and east is not possible until the Tamil Tiger rebels and the government reach a final solution to the two decades of ethnic conflict, military officials have told a team of visiting US officials. Director of Weapons Removal Richard Kidd and his deputy Staurt C... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's rebels end boycott of routine security meetings
Associated Press, Thu August 12, 2004 00:48 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels returned to routine talks with Sri Lankan security forces aimed at maintaining a fragile 30-month cease-fire amid escalating violence on the island, European truce monitors said Thursday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court Ponders Anti-Conversion Law
mcjonline.com, August 12, 2004. Religious tensions in Sri Lanka are running high as the Supreme Court considers a final verdict on the “constitutionality” of new laws proposed to ban or restrict religious conversions... Back to the top

Dyson happy with Sunny Colombo
cricket365.com, August 12, 2004, 14:00 EDT. Sri Lanka coach John Dyson wants his bowlers to follow the example set by Sanath Jayasuriya, who extracted turn and bounce from the Colombo wicket on Thursday... Back to the top

Jayasuriya grabs late wickets to slow South African run chase
Associated Press, Thu August 12, 2004 09:36 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan spinner Sanath Jayasuriya grabbed two late wickets Thursday to slow South Africa's run chase after a brilliant double century from Kumar Sangakkara put the home side in a commanding position in the second cricket test... Back to the top

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