The Lanka Academic

AUGUST 31, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 148

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The JVP intensifies its campaign against Sri Lankan peace talks, 1st September, 2004. By Wije Dias, 31 August 2004, As part of a campaign heightening communal tensions in Sri Lanka, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is conducting a series of lectures throughout the island entitled “Who are the true enemies of peace?”. While the JVP claims to be in favour of peace, the entire thrust of these lectures, one of which was delivered in Colombo on August 17, is to plunge the country back to war.

Since winning the April general election, President Chandrika Kumaratunga and her minority United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government have tentatively attempted to restart stalled peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The JVP, however, which is a key partner in the UPFA, has been campaigning against the negotiations that the LTTE insists must take place on its proposal for an Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA). More...
Published: Tue Aug 31 23:49:40 EDT 2004

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WE have no confidence in Norway’s facilitation - A Buddhist prelate’s political sermon
Asian Tribune, 1st September, 2004. Ven Athuraliye Rathana thero in his exclusive interview to “Asian Tribune” said, “we will continue to sit in the opposition benches. But unlike the normal oppositions, we will be studying the proposals put forward by the Government and would support the Government if those proposals are meant to do good to the people in this country.”

Jathika Hela Urumiya Party’s Parliamentary group leader clarified, “We will give issue based support to the Government, but we will not be a part of the Government.”

He added: We have been elected on a different platform and we have to function according to the mandate we have received from the voters of this country. More...
Published: Tue Aug 31 23:37:40 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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EU closely watching Ceasefire monitors and Norwegians
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 31, 2004, 9.35. p.m.. The European Union said it is closely observing the activities of the Ceasefire monitors as well as the Norwegian government as facilitators.

The resident representative of EU Wouter Wilton said “We are watching the activities of the SLMM and the roll of Norwegians as facilitators”. He also said that Ceasefire monitoring mission has to work with a real understanding of the responsibility vested in them. He also said that the EU is very much concerned over the recent spate of killings and asked the LTTE to stop child abduction and recruitment of under child to their organization.
Published: Tue Aug 31 11:34:54 EDT 2004 Back to the top

LTTE’s Eastern command ends wavering and agreed to meet the Sri Lanka Army.
Asian Tribune, 1st September, 2004. Colombo 01 September ( At last the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission was able to make the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the Batticaloa – Amparai region to agree to meet the Sri Lanka Army’s commanders in the Eastern region. Also LTTE in the Amparai – Batticaloa district has ended its wavering and agreed to meet the military representatives of the Sri lanka Army for discussion regarding the Ceasefire Agreement... Back to the top

Pro-LTTE Lankan MPs to seek India’s help, Tuesday, August 31, 2004. PK Balachanddran, Colombo, August 31, Pro-LTTE Tamil members of the Sri Lankan Parliament are planning to seek India's help for the Tamils' struggle for autonomy in the island country... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

US urges SL govt. to lift the ban on US poultry products into Sri Lanka
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, August 31, 2004, 01.50 p.m... The United States today requested the Sri Lankan Government to lift the ban on US poultry products into Sri Lanka by the local authorities, as US is completely free of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI)... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Lanka opposition party to open talks with India, August 31, 2004, 12:35 EDT. Given the developing crisis in regard to the peace process in Sri Lanka, the Opposition United National Party (UNP) has decided to open a direct dialogue with India, which is believed to be capable of playing a beneficial Back to the top

‘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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wins one-day series 5-0 after beating South Africa by 49 runs in the final match
Associated Press, Tue August 31, 2004 07:42 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - beat south Africa by 49 runs in the fifth and final one-day international Tuesday to win the series 5-0... Back to the top

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

Blue Dart enters Sri Lanka, August 31, 2004, 08:05 EDT. Blue Dart Express today announced a regional alliance agreement with the Hayleys Group of Sri Lanka... 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

Sri Lanka set 309-run victory target against South Africa in final one-day international
Associated Press, Tue August 31, 2004 04:31 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) An aggressive 125-run partnership between Sanath Jayasuriya and Saman Jayantha on Tuesday helped Sri Lanka - set a massive 309-run target for South Africa in the fifth and final one-day international... 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

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