The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 29, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 146

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LBAF urges Government and LTTE to sign Ottawa Convention and Deed of Commitment
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 29, 2004, 11.07 p.m.. The Landmine Ban Advocacy Forum (LBAF) has once again reiterated its appeal to the Government to sign the Ottawa Convention banning the use and stockpiling of anti-personnel landmines and the LTTE to sign Geneva Call's Deed of Commitment.

The Landmine Ban Advocay Forum, is a group of Humanitarian Organizations, which includes the UNDP and UNICEF. The Forum also notes that signing the Ottawa Convention and the Geneva Call Deed of Commitment, and sticking to their provisions, ensures that the threat from anti-personnel mines will not increase in Sri Lanka. Landmines have proven to be ineffective in military operations. More civilians are maimed, killed or negatively affected by mines than any military targets. Landmines block the resumption of normal activity as well as reconstruction and resettlement of those displaced by conflicts. In Sri Lanka, at least 153 civilians have lost their lives and 889 have been injured by landmines since 1995. These figures do not include government forces and LTTE cadre affected by mines.
Published: Sun Aug 29 13:11:17 EDT 2004

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“Convey your decision in ‘one voice’”-Tamilselvan tells Government
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 29, 2004, 8.00 p.m.. LTTE political wing Leader S.P. Tamilselvan has called upon the Government to ‘in one voice’ convey to the facilitators its stand on the peace talks so that Oslo could proceed with the agenda.” He made this statement during a meeting with members of the Forum of Federations, Canada recently.

The LTTE has expressed its readiness to recommence negotiations and that was accepted by the then United National Front government and it is indeed unfortunate that the change of government resulted in change of stance although the LTTE as one party, has not changed its position and commitment, Tamilselvan reportedly told the Forum.

The Forum representatives, led by its Chairman Bob Rae emphasized the inevitable necessity to recommence negotiations, for it is only through dialogue that the necessary steps can be taken first to address the urgent humanitarian needs of the Tamil people and then move forward in the peace process to find lasting peace in the island. Responding to their wishes and sentiment, Tamilselvan said that the LTTE has submitted the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposals with a view to first address the urgent humanitarian needs of the people in the war-torn North East, win their confidence, and make them real stakeholders in the peace process that would usher lasting peace in their life. Tamilselvan said that institutionalizing the ISGA would rather prevent secession and pave the way for unity and lasting peace. He also explained that the final resolution of a protracted conflict naturally entails protracted negotiations and therefore time consuming which will aggravate the hardships caused by war rather than alleviate and hence the necessity to set up the interim mechanism first.
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Time right for stock taking of Ceasefire Agreement – SLMM Chief
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 29, 2004, 6.51 p.m.. Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Chief, Major General Trond Furuhovede has intimated the necessity to engage in an exercise of stock taking of the Ceasefire Agreement in the context of the agreement’s dividends and the lack of it. He made this statement during meeting with LTTE political wing Leader S.P. Tamilselvan in Killinochchi. He further noted that ‘necessary analysis and recommendations of the stock taking procedure would be forwarded to Oslo in the near future.”
Published: Sun Aug 29 08:55:11 EDT 2004 Back to the top

If a war breaks out Today, LTTE would be the biggest looser.
Asian Tribune, 2004-08-30. Colombo, 30 August, ( If a war breaks out today, Sri Lanka Army would take over the entire Trincomalee, Batticalao, and Amparai districts within 48 hours. Tamils’ resistance in the Eastern region would be completely wiped out... Back to the top

Lanka may withdraw $5 million SCI suit, August 30. Sri Lanka Telecom will shortly withdraw its $5 million suit filed against Shipping Corp... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Jaffna Bishop urges govt. to recommence talks with, August 28. Jaffna Bishop Rt.Rev. Thomas Soundaranayagam Saturday appealed to the Sri Lanka government to engage in confidence building with the LTTE without delay and to take forward the peace process with sincerity on the basis of the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal submitted by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), sources in Jaffna said... 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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