The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 28, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 145

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20 LTTE pistol groups in Colombo to ‘finish off their enemies’
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 28, 2004, 10.00 p.m.. Military sources has alleged that 20 LTTE pistol groups have infiltrated into Colombo with the intention of eliminating several Tamil political party members and associates of the LTTE rebel leader Karuna.

Meanwhile, fifteen senior LTTE members from its intelligence wing are also alleged to have infiltrated the Jaffna peninsula. Sources from the area claimed that the task of these LTTE members is to gather information on certain Tamil political parties such as the Elam Peoples Democratic Party for reasons best-known only to the LTTE. . These LTTE members are reported to be posing themselves as three wheeler drivers and workers at business premises.
Published: Sat Aug 28 12:05:04 EDT 2004

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Vavuniya district public organisation unions urge President to grant ISGA
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 28, 2004, 9.59 p.m.. The emerging political situation in the country appears to cause concern whether war would resume, says the Vavuniya District Union of Public Organizations in a memorandum addressed to President Chandrika Kumaratunga. The organisation has also suggested that the government should once again peruse the proposal of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) and grant it as an initial stage of a final settlement and pave the way for peace.

The memorandum recounts to the President that it was with sincerity of purpose and sanity of thought the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Government of Sri Lanka reached good understanding and signed the MoU two and a half years ago in order to jointly resolve the conflict that has been for the past several years eroding and damaging the interests and the heritage of the country, the LTTE peace secretariat noted.

And it was under this MoU and with the Ceasefire Agreement peace process was initiated and proceeded with through negotiations and other modes inland and abroad facilitated and overseen by European countries. Due to unavoidable eruptions affecting the process negotiation came to a standstill.

“Tamils living in the North East and the Tamils who are abroad as refugees due to horrors of war, hopefully expect to resettle to live and rebuild for their posterity to prosper in their homeland,” the letter stated according to the LTTE peace secretariat.

“Hence we urge you as Head of State, wielding wide powers to execute everything necessary in the interest of the nation and peace in the country, to immediately restart negotiations and pay attention to the ISGA proposal and grant the same as a primary stage of final settlement and thereby pave the way for durable peace,” added the Union in the memorandum to the President which was signed by its President S. Kulathevarajah and its Secretary V. Kuhendran
Published: Sat Aug 28 12:03:11 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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JVP to shrug off LTTE offer
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 28, 2004, 9.57 p.m.. Amidst a statement by the LTTE’s political wing leader S.P. Tamilselvan that his organisation is willing to meet with members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) to clear the differences shared between both parties for the sake of peace, the JVP leadership is likely to shrug this offer.

The LTTE offer comes just weeks after a Member of Parliament and Leader of the Upcountry Peoples Front Leader P. Chandrasekaran offered to set up a meeting between the LTTE and JVP members so that the JVP might soften their stance on matters such as the Interim Self Governing Authority, and so peace talks could kick off very soon. The JVP, which is the main ally of the Government, has been from the inception declaring that they will not let any party or Government grant the ISGA to the LTTE as it paves the way for a separate state in Sri Lanka.
Published: Sat Aug 28 12:00:31 EDT 2004 Back to the top

JR Jayawardene, R. Premadasa, DB Wijetunga and Chandrika ..., August 28, 2004, 18:05 EDT. The UPFA government once again draws the spotlight towards a segment of the Sinhala establishment; yet to complete their long sojourn in the land of make believe vis-…-vis their solution towards the ethnic conflict... Back to the top

More Norwegian lies to cover up the first lie
Asian Tribune, 2004-08-28. Oslo, 28 August, ( The Norwegian embassy in Colombo has denied providing any military training to the LTTE or other armed movements. In press release dated August 27, the embassy said that the allegations made at a seminar in Oslo last week were ‘incorrect’... Back to the top

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels kill spy in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sat August 28, 2004 01:43 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An informant for Sri Lanka - 's military was pulled from his home and executed early Saturday by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels, police said... Back to the top

Eelaventhan condemns Ratnasiri Wickramanayke for his provocative speech.
Asian Tribune, 2004-08-28. With regard to the issue of Peace - Government of Sri Lanka should not try to test the patience of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, said M... Back to the top

LTTE as one party, has not changed its position and commitment - Tamilselvan
Asian Tribune, 2004-08-28. S.Paramu Tamilselvan, Head of the Political Wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam declared that LTTE as one party has not changed its position and commitment and said that Liberation Tigers were ready and willing to negotiate with the Government. He added that "It is therefore the government in power that has to, in one voice, convey to the facilitators its agreement, so that Oslo could proceed with the agenda... Back to the top

Sangakkara, Gunawardene score half-centuries as South Africa crash to fourth consecutive defeat
Associated Press, Sat August 28, 2004 08:19 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - DAMBULLA, Sri Lanka - (AP) Kumar Sangakkara and Avishka Gunawardene scored half-centuries for Sri Lanka - Saturday as South Africa crashed to its fourth consecutive defeat in the five-match limited-over series... Back to the top

In Oslo - Secret Powwow: Milinda Moragoda had with Helgesen & Eric Solheim.
Asian Tribune, 2004-08-27. A leading member of Sri Lanka's main opposition has held secret discussions with Norwegian Government representatives earlier this week... Back to the top

Seamers should also be scrutinised: Ranatunga, Thursday, August 26, 2004. New Delhi: Former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga on Wednesday welcomed the ICC’s move to conduct a research on the action of spinners but said fast bowlers should also be brought under scrutiny... Back to the top

Lanka frees Indian ship held for snapping Internet cable It says no evidence to link the ship to the incident
The Business Times, August 28, 2004, 00:05 EDT. (COLOMBO) Sri Lanka has freed an Indian cargo vessel it had suspected of severing the main submarine communication cable linking the island to the rest of the world because of a lack of evidence, the navy said yesterday... Back to the top

Lokuarachchi replaces Muralitharan in Sri Lanka squad, August 28, 2004, 00:05 EDT. LONDON, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan will be replaced by Kaushal Lokuarachchi in Sri Lanka's squad for next month's ICC Champions Trophy in England, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Zimbabwe tri-series schedule announced, August 28, 2004, 00:05 EDT. LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday announced the schedule of the tri-angular one-day cricket series involving Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe Back to the top

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