The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 15, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 132

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Tigers not ready to consider Colombo's fresh proposals
gulf news, August 16. Colombo: Tamil guerrillas have declared that they were not prepared to consider fresh proposals of the Sri Lankan government and instead would press for their original demand of establishing an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) as the final settlement to the ethnic issue. Head of the Political Wing, S.P. Tamilselvan told Gulf News that they need to institutionalise the ISGA and thereafter can go ahead with the talks on resolving the ethnic conflict. He insisted, "ISGA is a must" and added that his organisation will not change its position on that. His remarks would mean the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) will not entertain counter proposals which government spokesman and cabinet minister, Mangala Samaraweera, said was now being formulated by officials. It also runs counter to government's policy spelt out by Jayantha Dhanapala, Secretary General of the Peace Secretariat during a visit to Jaffna this week. He said the LTTE has a right to put forward their proposals for an ISGA. Even though the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, a major constituent party opposed it, the government would give due regard and consider the proposals. More...
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Japan urges Government and LTTE to resume peace talks without further delay
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 15, 2004, 11.31 p.m.. “Japan and the international community wish to advise the parties of the Ceasefire Agreement to begin negotiations without any further delay since delivery of the aid pledged is conditional to the progress of the peace process", said Mr. Akio Sudha, the Japanese Ambassador when he met with LTTE political wing Leader S.P. Tamilselvan yesterday.

Responding to this Tamilselvan said that the LTTE continues to remains strongly committed to the peace process and there is no change whatsoever in the stand taken as regards to the recommencement of negotiations. "We have, when handing over the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals to the facilitators, clearly expressed our readiness to reactivate the peace process on the basis of our proposals", said Tamilselvan.

Continuing further he said that the ISGA proposals were formulated solely for the purpose of institutionalising an effective mechanism to meet urgent humanitarian needs of a war devastated region. Elaborating on the ISGA Tamilselvan said that the ISGA proposals gains a moral significance, and he also claimed that it had received overwhelmingly mandated by the Tamil people. “All people respecting democracy should endeavour to put in place a concerted effort to institutionalize it,” he added.
Published: Sun Aug 15 13:35:00 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Meet the LTTE, UPF urges JVP
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 15, 2004, 11.25 p.m.. The Upcountry Peoples Front (UPF)has called upon the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to hold discussions with the LTTE instead of being a stumbling block to restart the peace process.

The Party’s leader and Parliamentarian P. Chandrasekaran in a letter addressed to the JVP, which is the Government’s main ally, has also volunteered to fix a date with the LTTE leadership, if the JVP is prepared to meet with them. "If the JVP is genuinely interested in the development of the country it is their duty to support the peace initiative. All parties should have an open discussion," the letter noted. However the JVP has still not responded to Chandrasekaran’s offer.
Published: Sun Aug 15 13:29:16 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Peace talks will resume soon says Premiers from Sri Lanka and Norway
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 15, 2004, 11.11 p.m.. Optimistic Prime Ministers from both Sri Lanka and Norway has expressed their belief that the Sri Lanka’s fragile peace process could be resumed soon... Back to the top

Amid stalled peace process, Sri Lanka eyes trouble from pricey ..., 15 August 2004 1303 hrs. COLOMBO : With Sri Lanka's peace process stalled and foreign donors growing fed up, financial analysts are worried the left-wing government's expensive subsidies could play havoc with the economy... Back to the top

Who are the enemies of the ‘Real Peace in the country?’ – JVP to explain to the masses.
Asian Tribune, August 15, 2004, 09:45EDT. Colombo, 15 August : Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna has begun conducting series of seminars under the theme of "Who Are the Enemies of real peace? " and it has kicked-off on 10th August at Galle, where General Secretary Tilvin Silva and in Back to the top

Sri Lanka beats South Africa by 313 runs in second test, clinches series 1-0
Associated Press, Sun August 15, 2004 06:40 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Left-arm seamer Chaminda Vaas bowled a lethal spell to take six wickets Sunday as Sri Lanka - crushed South Africa by 313 runs in the second test match to clinch the series 1-0 its first ever test series win against the visitors... Back to the top

LTTE's Campaign to Eliminate Dissidents Must Be Stopped
Asian Tribune, August 15, 2004, 10:00EDT. Sri Lanka Democracy Forum, a human rights organization of expatriate Tamils based in Europe and North America, slams the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam on the recent sudden escalation killings spree launched by them especially in the Eastern region of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Report: Tamil Tiger rebels reject Sri Lankan government proposal for power sharing
Associated Press, Sun August 15, 2004 04:34 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels have refused to discuss a government proposal on power-sharing, demanding that peace negotiations focus only on their plan for self-rule, a pro-rebel report said Sunday... Back to the top

Petroleum strike called off
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 14, 2004, 10.14 p.m. . A strong workforce of some 6000 petroleum workers today temporarily called off their strike, after Minister of Finance Sarath Amunugama assured that the country’s third petroleum share would not be sold without the workers approval... Back to the top

LTTE to reject Govt proposal on interim administration, August 14. The LTTE has said that it will reject any proposal that the Sri Lankan government may submit as an alternative to its own proposal for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) for the Tamil-dominated North Eastern Province (NEP)... Back to the top

Name and Shame the LTTE, demands Government’s Tamil constituent
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 14, 2004, 9.55 p.m.. A Tamil constituent of the Government, Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) has called upon the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and the International community to name and shame the LTTE' after they allegedly killed a couple of senior EPDP members in the East this week... Back to the top

‘We are waiting for a positive response from the Government’ – LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 14, 2004, 6.03 p.m.. The LTTE today declared that they are ready to resume negotiations with the Government even immediately on the peace process and added they were waiting for a positive response from the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government... Back to the top

Central Bank says long term consequences if fuel prices are not increased now
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 14, 2004, 5.51 p.m.. The Central Bank yesterday warned the Sri Lankan Government that it will have to face long-term undesirable consequences if it does not immediately make necessary price adjustments locally according to international fuel prices... Back to the top

Vaas makes Sri Lanka history, August 15, 2004, 2010:30EDT. Sri Lanka won their first ever Test series against South Africa, when they won the second Test in Colombo by 313 runs on Sunday... Back to the top

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