The Lanka Academic

 
AUGUST 27, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 144

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Norway denies providing military training to Sri Lankan Tamil ...
xinhuanet.com, Aug. 27. The Norwegian government on Fridaydenied providing any military training to Sri Lanka's separatist Tamil Tiger rebels when they visited Norway in April last year, the Norwegian embassy here said in a statement. "The Government of Norway has, needless to say, never provided any military training to the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) or other armed movements," the statement said, referring to media reports about a seminar in Norwegian capital Oslo. "The visit of the Political Affairs Committee of the LTTE to the Rena military camp in Norway on 1 April 2003, referred to in the media report, was a part of the Committee's tour of the Nordic countries to study aspects of democratic government," the statement said More...
Published: Fri Aug 27 14:42:24 EDT 2004

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Two LTTE representatives at international conference for former women combatants
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 27, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. Geneva Call, a Swiss based NGO that engages Non State Actors (NSAs) to ban anti-personnel landmines because of their humanitarian consequences, is holding a conference for former women combatants of NSAs to identify how they can contribute to the promotion of the landmine ban and other humanitarian norms. The workshop will be the first of its kind to assemble women combatants in leadership positions in NSAs.

The Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum (LBAF) commends this initiative and welcomes the participation of two representatives of the LTTE at this event.

Engaging Non State Actors in a complementary mine ban process is an essential component in solving the global landmine problem. Geneva Call has introduced the Deed of Commitment for Adherence to a Total Ban on Antipersonnel Mines and for Cooperation in Mine Action as a document that NSAs could sign to show their commitment to refrain from the use of Antipersonnel Mines. As at present 26 NSAs have signed the Geneva Call Deed of Commitment.

The LBAF once again reiterates its appeal to the LTTE to sign Geneva Call's Deed of Commitment and the Government to sign the Ottawa Convention banning the use and stockpiling of anti-personnel landmines, an indiscriminate weapon of war.

The conference is being organized in collaboration with the Program for the Study of International Organisations (PSIO) of the Graduate Institute for International Studies, Geneva, and takes place from 26-29 August.
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SLT restores internet services, promises such interruptions will not occur again
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 27, 2004, 5.17 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has restored its internet service fully, following a breakdown for many days. The SLT noted that its dial up connections, internet, ADSL and e-mail services were back on track. In a news release SLT Chief Marketing Officer Kapila Chandrasena said, “the company assures its customers that such an interruption would not happen again as SLT will endeavour to have multiple alternative routes in both fibre optical undersea cable and satellite media”. Since the accidental service interruption, SLT has also gained direct connectivity to Singapore, Germany and India apart from its direct routes to USA and Japan. As a result of these enhanced routing options, SLT's global connectivity bandwidth will be further increased from its current 310 Mega bytes per second level, he said.
Published: Fri Aug 27 07:22:05 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Intelligence chief promoted
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 27, 2004, 5.18 p.m.. Army Commander Lt. General Shantha Kottegoda has promoted Military Intelligence Director (DMI) Brigadier Kapila Hendawitharana, as the new Director General, Military Intelligence (DGMI) with immediate effect... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Militants launch Internet magazine encouraging women to take up arms
Associated Press, Fri August 27, 2004 03:51 EDT . RAWYA RAGEH - Associated Press Writer - The Tamil Tigers group fighting for independence in Sri Lanka - used a woman, who detonated explosives strapped to her body, to assassinate former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi during a 1991 campaign rally... Back to the top

Countries Pledge to Boost Tourism
Associated Press, Fri August 27, 2004 06:52 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An association of 18 countries stretching from southern Africa to Southeast Asia pledged Friday to ease trade barriers and promote their tourism and fisheries industries... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's internet services fully restored after submarine cable damage
Associated Press, Fri August 27, 2004 03:31 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Internet connection to the outside world has been fully restored and the case against an Indian ship accused of snapping the undersea link has been dropped, officials said Friday... Back to the top

Aiding Sri Lanka’s Reconstruction
navhindtimes.com, Saturday, August 28, 2004. IN the face of continuing unrest in the South Asian nation of Sri Lanka, the US officials are calling on the Sri Lankan government and opposition Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to turn away from violence and return to peace negotiations as laid out in a cease-fire agreement reached in 2002... Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt warns Tamil rebels of making hard decision
xinhuanet.com, 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... Back to the top

US team to visit Sri Lanka on port safety, XINHUA
Associated Press, Thu August 26, 2004 11:29 EDT . US team to visit Sri Lanka - on port safety, XINHUA COLOMBO, Aug... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks more wins to boost confidence for Champions Trophy
Associated Press, Fri August 27, 2004 08:25 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Despite controlling the five-match one-day series 3-0, Sri Lanka - hopes to continue its winning sequence in the fourth match against South Africa Saturday and carry the confidence into the ICC Champions Trophy next month... 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

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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