The Lanka Academic

 
SEPTEMBER 1, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 149

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“Ceasefire Agreement in deep crisis,” warns Anton Balasingham
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 1, 2004, 11.59 p.m.. LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham declared that the “Ceasefire Agreement is in deep crisis,” he made this statement when he met Norwegian Special Envoy Erik Solheim in London yesterday. Balasingham had further noted that, “Unless the government takes effective measures to end this series of violence perpetrated on the LTTE, it is hard to imagine how one can seriously talk about recommencing peace talks,” the LTTE peace Secretariat said.

This meeting is believed to be a step taken by the Norwegian facilitators to find out ways and means of removing impediments, if any, in the recommencement of negotiations between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE.

Mr. Balasingham expressed the LTTE's concern over the killings in the East and elsewhere carried out by armed groups, obviously with the assistance of the military intelligence units, he alleged. This, Balasingham noted is a clear violation of the Ceasefire Agreement and will definitely not be helpful in creating a conducive environment for the parties to recommence the stalled peace process. The facilitators assured that they would convey his (Balasingham) views as LTTE chief negotiator, to the government when they visit Sri Lanka shortly. Norway's Ambassador to Sri Lanka Hans Brattskar also attended the meeting along with Solheim in London.
Published: Wed Sep 1 14:59:12 EDT 2004


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Tensions between the LTTE and Jaffna fishermen continues. LTTE abducts injured fisherman.
K.S. Rajkumar, reporting from Jaffna., September 1. Violence broke out in Gurunagar area in Jaffna between LTTE and a group of fishermen when LTTE men in boats prevented them from fishing in certain areas in Gurunagar. The fishermen argued with the LTTE blaming them for disrupting their livelihood of the fishermen. In the ensuing altercation they expressed their outrage that while the LTTE is making big fuss about the Sri Lankan security forces preventing the Tamils moving into areas citing security reasons, the LTTE itself is doing the same thing making lives difficult for the fisher community. They had further told the LTTE that they don not see any difference in the attitude between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan army in Jaffna. When the heated arguments escalated, had LTTE fired upon the boats seriously wounding two fishermen. Then two of the boats were set on fire by the LTTE. One of the injured was admitted to the Jaffna hospital, and was later removed from there by the LTTE. The victim is identified as Tharumanayagam Amalan of Gurunagar. According to people in Jaffna, Mr. Amalan had been taken to Kilinochchi by the LTTE. Seven other men were also taken from the area by the LTTE and their whereabouts are still not known. These incidents have been reported to the Human Rights Watch group in Jaffna and the SLMM in Jaffna, but there is no word on the status of Mr. Amalan. People of the area stayed protests against the violent acts in front of the LTTE's political office in Potpathy road, Kokuvil. A sea tiger office is located in the area and it remained closed. Meanwhile, the office of Uthayan newspaper in Nallur was attacked by angry protesters this morning, blaming the newspaper of intentionally twisting the news. Uthayan published the news that the violent incidents in Gurunagar are between two groups of fishermen from the area. For the third day, shops and the schools are closed in the Gurunagar area, following the call by the community leaders to protest against LTTE for its violent acts on fishermen. Jaffna bishop is reported to be involved in discussions with both parties.
Published: Wed Sep 1 21:00:07 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Alliance exceeds its promise on jobs for graduates
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 1, 2004, 11.55 p.m.. The numbers of graduates who are to be recruited to the public sector have been increased from the initial 30,000 to 41,000, state media announced. Finance minister Sarath Amunugama is reported to have noted that the government will provide permanent jobs for 41,305 unemployed graduates thus exceeding the number promised by the Freedom Alliance government before the April 2 election. Training courses for 17,000 selected graduates will begin tomorrow. While, the list of names of the other 24,287 selected unemployed graduates would be published in newspapers soon. He added that the training of the 2nd batch of selected graduates would begin on September 15. Minister Amunugama also noted that after three months training, the selected graduates would be directed to take up jobs in accordance with their wishes and the needs of state sector institutions. Graduate training will take place in 215 centers in the island. The 11 fields of training for selected graduates include English language, information technology, and communication and public relations and state financial regulations. The training programme is being implemented by the ministries of education and finance in collaboration with the National Educational Institute and the Youth Service Council.
Published: Wed Sep 1 14:49:30 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Muslims in the East, resolved against ISGA and the merger of North and Eastern Provinces.
Asian Tribune, 2nd September, 2004. Colombo, 02 September,(Asiantribune.com): A Muslim organization called Dawn of the East –Kizhahakin Uthayam, held a conference yesterday in Kalmunai to decide about the Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal put forwad by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and about the temporary merger of the North and Eastern provinces. Back to the top

LTTE – Army meets on Friday
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 1, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. The Sri Lanka Army and the LTTE is scheduled to meet this Friday, after a three month long deadlock... Back to the top

LTTE’s ISGA no threat to country – Senior Cabinet Minister shrugs off JVP allegations
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 1, 2004, 11.17 p.m.. Senior Cabinet Minister D.M. Jayaratne has said that the LTTE’s Interim Self-Governing Authority (ISGA) proposal for North and East poses no threat to the country... Back to the top

Solheim holds talks with Balasingham in London
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 1, 2004, 11.15 p.m.. Norway’s special peace envoy Erik Solheim and its Ambassador to Sri Lanka Hans Brattskar has held talks with LTTE’s Theoretician Anton Balasingham at his London residence... Back to the top

It is up to Chandrika to revive peace process: Balasingham
deepikaglobal.com, september 1. Colombo, Sept 1 (UNI) Placing the ball back in the government's court, chief negotiator and political advisor of the Tamil Tiger rebels Anton Balasingham has told a top Norwegian delegation at a meeting in London that it was upto President Chandrika Kumaratunga to revive the stalled peace process... Back to the top

Killings mar Sri Lanka truce but peace hopes up
alertnet.org, Sept 1 . COLOMBO, Sept 1 (Reuters) - A spate of killings in Sri Lanka's east is piling pressure on a truce that halted two decades of civil war, but Tamil Tiger rebels and their army foes both want peace, the top ceasefire monitor said on Wednesday... Back to the top

Norwegians to make fresh attempt to revive Sri Lanka peace, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed September 1, 2004 12:56 EDT . - - Norwegians to make fresh attempt to revive Sri Lanka - peace, XINHUA ASIA WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Sri Lankan army, Tamil rebels to hold talks on situation in east, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed September 1, 2004 12:53 EDT . - - Spokesman of Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission (SLMM) Oskar Solnes said that their chief Trond Furuhovde was able to fix the meeting for Friday following his separate discussions with chiefs of the government forces and the area leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels in Batticaloa... Back to the top

LTTE faces wrath of Jaffna fishermen
hindustantimes.com, September 1. During the 20-year war against the Sri Lankan Government, the LTTE was able to enforce its writ without anyone being able to question it... Back to the top

The JVP intensifies its campaign against Sri Lankan peace talks
www.wsws.org, 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?”... Back to the top

National rankings of economic security
Associated Press, Wed September 1, 2004 12:50 EDT . The Associated Press - - 62. Sri Lanka - 0.330 63... Back to the top

Top Norwegian peace broker to visit Sri Lanka to salvage faltering peace process
Associated Press, Wed September 1, 2004 04:57 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A top Norwegian envoy will try to salvage Sri Lanka - 's faltering peace process later this month, amid increasing fears the island could return to civil war, officials said Wednesday... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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 (Asiantribune.com): 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

Myanmar, Sri lanka to open indirect air link
xinhuanet.com, September 01, 2004, 0755 EDT. YANGON, Sept. 1 (Xinhuanet) -- Myanmar and Sri Lanka will open indirect air link via Bangkok soon to promote bilateral ties and tourism industry, a local news journal reported in its latest issue. The Sri Lankan Airlines will connect the Bangkok flights of the Myanmar Airways International Back to the top

Pro-LTTE Lankan MPs to seek India’s help
hindustantimes.com, 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

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