The Lanka Academic

 
AUGUST 25, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 142

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Defence Minister hits out at LTTE and SLMM
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 26, 2004, 12.45 a.m.. Acting defence Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake has urged the LTTE to desist from acts of breaking law and order. Addressing military officials in Colombo today, the Minister also reiterated that the United Peoples Freedom Alliance is making all attempts to bring lasting peace to the country.

The Minister is also reported to have expressed his disappointment over the LTTE’s failure to extend adequate assistance to the fragile peace process, although the Government is ‘fully committed to the process’. Meanwhile, Wickremenayake is reported to have expressed his apprehension over the conduct of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. He said the truce monitors should pinpoint the mistakes of both sides (Government and LTTE) to the public rather than of only one side. It is the duty of the Monitoring Mission to inquire into the mistakes between both parties and take necessary action against them, he noted.
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SLMM Head meets Tamilselvan
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 26, 2004, 12.35 p.m.. Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) head Major General Trond Furuhovede and his team visited Kilinochchi yesterday and met with LTTE political Wing Leader S.P.Tamilselvan.

The SLMM Head conveyed to Tamilselvan matters discussed with the Defence Secretary Cyril Herath in Colombo relating to the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) violations and the killings of two senior LTTE members in Vaharai on 20th. Mr. Tamilselvan expressed his concern over the presence of various armed groups and their activities that are posing a serious threat to the CFA and the peace process in general, the LTTE peace secretariat said.

The SLMM head expressed his intention to engage in an exercise of 'stock taking' of the CFA in the context of its dividends and the lack of it and continued to say that his analysis and recommendations would be forwarded to Oslo for the active involvement of the facilitators, taking into account the ground realities and the expectations. LTTE Sea Tiger special commander Soosai who was present in the meeting contributed toward discussions pertaining to sea travel and Sea Tiger exercises, which the Head of the SLMM said were helpful in updating his knowledge of ground realities. Associated in the discussions was Mr.S.Puleedevan, Secretary General of the LTTE Peace Secretariat and Mr.Cheliyan, Sea Tiger commander.
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Hundreds protest near Trincomalee SLMM office against abduction of two home guards by LTTE
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 26, 2004, 12.28 p.m.. Hundreds of civilians in Trincomalee staged an agitation campaign yesterday near the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) office at Trincomalee demanding the release of two LTTE detained Home Guards who were abducted from Konabendiwewa on August 10. Military spokesman Col. Sumedha Perera said that protestors met the SLMM representatives and urged them to try and get the two guards released from LTTE custody. The SLMM reportedly assured that they would talk to the LTTE about the issue. After one and a half hours of protesting, the protestors dispersed peacefully. Two Home Guards and five civilians of Konabendiwewa were abducted by armed LTTE cadres, the civilians were released but the two home guards are still under LTTE custody.
Published: Wed Aug 25 14:32:21 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Three US funded projects in Jaffna commences
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 26, 2004, 12.27 a.m.. James Entwistle, Charge' d'Affaires adinterim at the U.S. Embassy in Colombo, today inaugurated three U... Back to the top

SLMC decision to sack three of its members illegal-Supreme Court
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 26, 2004, 12.15 p.m.. The Supreme Court has declared that the decision taken by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) High Command to expel three of its members (who are also Parliamentarians) was illegal... Back to the top

European cease-fire monitors meet Tamil Tiger rebels about killing spree in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed August 25, 2004 10:34 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European cease-fire monitors urged the Tamil Tiger rebels Wednesday to resume meetings with government forces in a bid to quell escalating violence that threatens to derail the island's fragile truce... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Tamil Rebels Plan to Review Cease-Fire Agreement
bloomberg.com, Aug. 25 . Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels plan to review their ceasefire agreement with the island's government amid an upsurge in tensions, TamilNet Web site reported. Fighting between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and a breakaway faction has resulted in deaths on both sides since March... Back to the top

S.Lankan govt tells rebels not to blame military for internal problem, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed August 25, 2004 11:49 EDT . - - Defense Secretary Cyril Herat said on Tuesday night that the government has conveyed its displeasure to Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission (SLMM) over the killings by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in the east and told them to take the issue with the rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lankan truce monitors travel north to meet rebels
xinhuanet.com, Aug. 25 . The international truce monitors observing Sri Lanka's fragile ceasefire with the Tamil Tiger rebels Wednesday traveled to the north to meet with the rebel leadership, defense sources said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka clinch series
dailytimes.com.pk, August 25, 2004, 22:40 EDT. DAMBULLA: Marvan Atapattu slammed a solid 97 not out on a difficult pitch as Sri Lanka wrapped up the one-day cricket series with a four-wicket victory over South Africa in the third match on Wednesday... Back to the top

LTTE’s killing spree continues, latest victim: Karuna’s cadre killed in Akkaraipattu
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 24, 2004, 6.55 p.m. . A remand prisoner (of the Karuna faction) brought to the Akkaraipattu Magistrate court for trial was gunned down on by an unidentified LTTE pistol man today morning at around 10.30 killing him on the spot... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to go ahead with Bharat Petroleum deal
hinduonnet.com, Aug. 25 . ): Sri Lanka has said it will go ahead with its deal with Bharat Petroleum Corporation in oil retailing in the island nation despite opposition from the Marxist JVP, or People's Liberation Front, in the coalition Government... Back to the top

Drought relief begins in south of Sri Lanka
alertnet.org, 25 Aug 2004 . World Vision has provided drinking water to 8,200 people in five drought-affected villages in its Thanamalvilla Area Development Program (ADP)... Back to the top

Pakistani holds function for Lankan kids
Dawn, DAMBULLA, Aug 24. Over a hundred under-privileged children were entertained for over three hours at a function organized by Pakistani artist and social worker Jimmy Engineer at a hotel here on Tuesday... Back to the top

South Africa wins toss and elects to bat first in third one-day match against Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed August 25, 2004 04:42 EDT . - - DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka - (AP) South African skipper Graeme Smith won the toss and elected to bat first Wednesday in the third one-day international against Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka tries to seize Indian ship after Internet down due to submarine cable damage
Associated Press, Wed August 25, 2004 07:56 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankan authorities tried to seize an Indian ship Wednesday and sought US$5 million in damages, accusing it of breaking the undersea fiber optic cable that connects the tropical island's main Internet links to the rest of the world... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil rebel gunman kills former colleague turned military spy in capital
Associated Press, Tue August 24, 2004 03:28 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fatally shot a guerrilla-turned-spy in the capital and opened fire on an army patrol in Sri Lanka - 's east, the latest in a string of attacks threatening to derail the island's fragile cease-fire... Back to the top

Hundreds of youth flee homes in fear of LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 24, 2004, 6.53 p.m.. Amidst reports that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is intensifying its recruitment drive in the Eastern Province, several hundreds of youth have fled from their homes in fear of forced conscription to the Tiger organisation... Back to the top

Sri Lanka at brink of war
hinduonnet.com, August 24, 2004, 13:30 EDT. Colombo, Aug. 24. (PTI): Sri Lanka's main Opposition today accused President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Marxist-backed government of pushing the country to the brink of war as Tamil Tiger rebels stepped up attacks in the Back to the top

European cease-fire monitors warn that killing spree in Sri Lanka can end truce
Associated Press, Tue August 24, 2004 07:52 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European cease-fire monitors warned Tuesday that escalating violence in Sri Lanka - threatened the island's fragile truce, after suspected Tamil Tiger rebels fatally shot a guerrilla-turned-spy and opened fired on an army patrol... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Government worried about Maldives
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 24, 2004, 7.01 p.m.. While expressing concern over the recent developments in the Maldives following a state of emergency being declared by President Abdul Gayoom, the Sri Lankan Government today encouraged all parties in that country to work peacefully towards achieving the proposed constitutional reforms which are intended to promote participatory parliamentary democracy and human rights... Back to the top

Lankan drug addicts are very lavish-reports state
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 24, 2004, 6.54 p.m.. Despite the continuous sky rocketing cost of living in Sri Lanka, much to the dismay of many Sri Lankans, drug addicts on the other hand continue to spend very lavishly on a daily basis, notes reports... Back to the top

Colombo said considering alternative to Nordic tru
tamilnet.com, August 23. Sri Lanka' Deputy Minister of Defence, Mr. Ratnasiri Wickremanayaka, said Monday that his government is thinking of either enhancing the powers of the Nordic truce monitoring mission in the island or finding a more effective alternative to it... Back to the top

Government condemns factional killings in eastern and Colombo
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 24, 2004, 6.05 p.m.. The Government today strongly condemned the killings that have taken place recently in the East and in Colombo... Back to the top

Colombo not for war with Tigers: Stratfor
deepikaglobal.com, Aug 24 . Washington, Aug 24 (UNI) The August 20 ambush in Batticaloa that killed two senior LTTE officers was not a Sri Lankan military operation and does not signal the start of an all-out war, according to US geopolitical analysts... Back to the top

Time for stock taking of truce- LTTE
tamilnet.com, August 25. It is time for a 'stock taking' of the cease fire between the Liberation Tigers and the Government, of how it has fared since it was signed in February 2002, Head of the Nordic mission monitoring the truce in Sri Lanka, said when he met the LTTE in Kilinochchi Wednesday... Back to the top

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