The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 26, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 143

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Sri Lankan minister pledges not to go back to war with Tamil Tigers
Associated Press, Thu August 26, 2004 05:05 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan government will not go back to war with the Tamil Tiger rebels, an official pledged Thursday. The Norwegian-led Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission has warned that a recent spate of killings in the country's volatile east could lead to the collapse of the 28-month cease-fire.

Scores of people have died in attacks in eastern Sri Lanka - since March, when a renegade rebel leader broke away with 6,000 fighters from the mainstream guerrilla group. The Tigers crushed the rebellion a month later, but the renegade leader and some of his comrades escaped and are suspected of continuing attacks against the main group.

Samaraweera, however, said the rebels were testing the government's patience by carrying out attacks in the capital and elsewhere. ``But for peace, we want to be patient,'' he said.

No immediate comment was available from the Tamil Tigers.

The rebels started fighting in 1983 for a separate state for minority Tamils, accusing the majority Sinhalese of discrimination.

At least 65,000 people were killed before the truce was signed in February 2002. Norwegian peace brokers have said the recent violence is the biggest threat against the resumption of stalled peace talks, which collapsed in April 2003 over Tiger demands for wide autonomy.
Published: Thu Aug 26 08:26:12 EDT 2004

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Tigers ready to meet Mahanayakas and JVPers
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 26, 2004, 8.06 p.m. The Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday revealed that they were willing to meet with the Maha Nayaka Theras and the main constituent of the United Peoples Freedom Alliance Government, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna.

LTTE political wing leader S.P. Thamilchelvan made this revelation in Kilinochchi when addressing reporters, soon after a meeting with Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Head Tronde Furhovde. Thamilchelvan also said that the LTTE is ready to hold talks for peace with any concerned party. He also said that his organization has no connection with the recent killings in Colombo and the Eastern province, while also claiming that such incidents will not harm the Ceasefire Agreement signed between his Leader Prabhakaran and ex Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in 2002.

Thamilchelvan also alleged that Karuna and the Eelam peoples Democratic Party should bear the responsibility for the recent assassinations and accused them for disrupting the peace process.
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Sri Lankan govt warns Tamil rebels of making hard decision, Aug. 26 . COLOMBO, Aug. 26 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's Acting Defense Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has warned that the government will be compelled to take a hard decision if Tamil Tiger rebels donot stop their killings in the country's war-battered north and east, the official Daily News said on Thursday. "In the name of the peace there is a limit to our patience and how long will we have to tolerate these killings," Wickremanayake who visited the navy headquarters in capital Colombo on Wednesday said. More...
Published: Thu Aug 26 08:28:00 EDT 2004 Back to the top

US Department of Energy team expected
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 26, 2004, 2.42 p.m. A team from the United States Department of Energy will be visiting Sri Lanka in the near-term for meetings with the Sri Lanka Port Authority, the Sri Lankan Navy, Customs and the Harbor Police... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cricket team supports drought relief
Associated Press, Thu August 26, 2004 08:32 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan cricket team Thursday joined the rest of its countrymen in providing relief to hundreds of people affected by a drought in the island's northeastern region... Back to the top

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... 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, 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, 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, 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

Peace Council urges for a bipartisan approach so that peace talks could kick off
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 26, 2004, 7.40 p.m. The National Peace Council today urged for a bipartisan approach by both the Government and the LTTE so that the peace process could be taken forward and a mutually agreed negotiated political settlement could be arrived... Back to the top

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