The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 30, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 147

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Monitors flayed for inability to rein in Tigers
Gulf News, August 31. Scandinavians monitoring Sri Lanka's two and a half-year old fragile cease-fire have come under criticism for failing to get the Tamil guerrillas to observe the truce and make rulings against them despite a spate of killings in the eastern districts and the capital. The head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) says that he had brought up matters with the leader of the Tamil guerrilla political wing S. P. Thamilselvan about what he calls their 'scant respect for truce monitors and the lack of cooperation with the monitors its attempts to carry out its duties'. Maj. Gen. Furuhovdein in an interview with the local Sunday Times newspaper said the SLMM's activities were hampered by the LTTE, due to non-cooperation. But, despite the monitors taking up issues with the guerrillas they have continued to ignore the Scandinavian team. In one of the latest incidents the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have snubbed the SLMM by denying it access to two Sinhala homeguards, a paramilitary unit detained by them in the north and eastern port city Trincomalee. More...
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Sri Lankan top police officer suggests reviewing of ceasefire agreement, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon August 30, 2004 14:03 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's Inspector General of Police Indra De Silva has suggested reviewing the existing section in the ceasefire agreement to prevent Tamil Tiger rebels from continuing their killing spree in capital Colombo, the official Daily News newspaper said on Monday.

This highly unpredictable and new phenomenon of killing of informants and rivals in Colombo has developed following the Ceasefire Agreement where it allowed the free movement of public from the North-East to various other Provinces, he said. We need to reconsider that particular section of the CFA ( ceasefire agreement) since the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) has misused this for their advantage, he added.

The LTTE rebels have stepped up their killings of government intelligence personnel and members of their renegade eastern commander known as Karuna since March when Karuna split from the mainstream group.

The latest in a spate of killings by the LTTE rebels came in the small hours on Saturday when another military informant Tissaveerasingham alias Suresh was gunned down in a Colombo suburb.

The government said that the LTTE killings have undermined the current ceasefire and the Norwegian efforts to revive the stalled peace talks which have been on hold since April last year. Security has been tightened with additional police patrolling the streets of Colombo to prevent more killings by the LTTE rebels.

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‘Work from inside and outside and get the peace process going’, Tamilselvan urges Parliamentarians
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 30, 2004, 10.24 p.m.. The LTTE leadership today called upon the Ilankai Thamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) Parliamentarians to consolidate and work from within and outside Parliament and reactivate the stalled peace process. This message was delivered to the 22 ITAK Mps, more famously known as the Tamil National Alliance when they met the LTTE political wing leader S.P. Tamilselvan in Kilinochchi during a three hour long meeting.

"The Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) has the right mechanisms to address urgent humanitarian needs of a people who have faced unprecedented destruction of lives and infrastructure during the two decade long ethnic conflict,” claimed Tamilselvan. Adding that it is only through addressing these need of the people effectively that we can make them real partners in the peace process and this is what the Tamil people overwhelmingly expressed in their mandate. Tamilselvan also briefed the MPs on the recent series of meetings he had with the Norwegian facilitators, the SLMM, and the Diplomatic community including the European Union.
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EPDP laments about their problems to EU
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 30, 2004, 10.22 p.m.. The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) has voiced their concern about problems faced by pro democratic political parties in carrying forward their political work in the country... Back to the top

Previous regime helped LTTE create a parallel state
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, August 30, 2004, 10.20 p.m.. The Government’s main ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has once again claimed that the LTTE strengthened its military under the previous United National Front regime... Back to the top

Final talks in Sept on free trade with Sri Lanka, August 30, 2004, 21:15 EDT. KARACHI: The final round of talks on free trade agreement between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is expected to be held in Pakistan by the end of September 2004... Back to the top

Engineer organises functions for special children in Sri Lanka, August 30, 2004, 21:15 EDT. LAHORE: Jimmy Engineer, a well-known social worker, arranged a fun and food programme for special children in Sri Lanka on Saturday... Back to the top

Norway contradicts its initial statement on LTTE and military training
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 30, 2004, 8.07 p.m.. The Norwegian Government has provided facilities to a LTTE delegation to watch a military exercise demonstration of Norwegian troops at the Rena military camp in Norway... Back to the top

Japan says it will not support LTTE separatism in Sri Lanka
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 30, 2004, 8.05 p.m.. The Japanese government reiterated that they will not support separatism, adding that Japan hopes a peaceful solution will be derived to Sri Lanka’s two decade long ethnic conflict... Back to the top

Prime Minister says govt. is taking measures to solve current economic problem
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 30, 2004, 8.04 p.m.. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse said that the government is taking measures to solve the current problems related to the country’s economy... Back to the top

India’s first lady envoy to Lanka meets Kadirgamar, , August 30, 2004 . Nirupama Rao, India's first lady High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, paid her first official call on Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, in Colombo on Sunday... Back to the top

Norwegian peace brokers to meet top Sri Lankan rebel in London to try to revive peace talks
Associated Press, Mon August 30, 2004 04:06 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Norwegian peace brokers will meet a top Tamil Tiger negotiator in London on Tuesday in an attempt to revive stalled peace talks with the Sri Lankan government and prevent a return to civil war, officials said... Back to the top

LTTE interim plan no threat: minister, Aug 30. A senior Sri Lankan minister has said the proposal by the Tamil Tiger rebels for an interim administration in the war-torn north and east poses no threat to the country, reports Xinhua... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

“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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Associated Press, Sun August 29, 2004 17:33 EDT . - - Other major armed conflicts listed by the Stockholm researchers were in Algeria, Burundi, Peru, Indonesia's Aceh province, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka - , Israel, and Turkey... 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

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

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