The Lanka Academic

VOL. 5, NO. 153

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Chandrasekaran laments Wimal Weerawansa’s silence
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 5, 2004, 5.35 p.m.. The Upcountry People's Front (UPF) Leader P. Chandrasekaran yesterday visited the Vanni and held an informal meeting with LTTE’s political wing Leader S.P. Tamilselvan.

Chandrasekaran has been in the fore front in the recent past after he approached the Government’s main ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna a(JVP) and requested them to meet with the LTTE so that both parties could reach a better understanding, as the JVP has been from the inception opposing the LTTE proposed Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA).

At yesterday’s meeting also, Tamilselvan is reported to have informed Chandrasekaran that his organisation was ready to meet with the JVP members. However Chandrasekaran had in turn told the LTTE political wing leader that even though he had written to JVP’s Propaganda Secretary Wimal Weerawansa requesting him/party to meet with the LTTE, neither has Weerawansa responded to his request nor has he even acknowledged the letter.

Both leaders also discussed the current political situation in the context of the delay in resuming the peace talks. He continued to say that it is unfortunate that some extremist elements in the south are making use of the LTTE as a convenient weapon to achieve their parochial political goal.
Published: Sun Sep 5 07:44:40 EDT 2004

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Security intensified at Batticaloa courts
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 5, 2004, 5.32 p.m.. Security at the Batticaloa courts has been intensified following the recent killing of a Karuna associate at the Akkaraipattu court premises by a LTTE cadre. Extra police personnel have been deployed at the courts, including at the Akkaraipattu courts. Accordingly, also, only persons connected to the cases and persons with permits are allowed to enter the court premises, sources from the Eastern province told the Lanka Academic.

A Karuna cadre was shot dead a few weeks back allegedly by the LTTE pistol gang at the Akkaraipattu courts during his hearing. The assailants fled the scene, and the police who were at the courts at that time were unsuccessful in apprehending the LTTE cadres or even shoot at them as there was a large number of civilians present at the courts.
Published: Sun Sep 5 07:37:30 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Sri Lanka raises peace hopes despite recent spate of killings, 05 September 2004 1230 hrs . COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels and the opposition are voicing fears the country is again on the brink of war, but a shift in parliament has raised hopes the faltering peace process can still be salvaged. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has vowed to prevent renewed fighting with the Tigers despite peace broker Norway's recent warning a truce which froze the war is "melting."The government is totally committed to doing all that is within its power to not allow the situation to degrade to military action," Kumaratunga told Colombo-based foreign correspondents shortly after returning from Europe on Friday. She said Norwegian peace envoys had been positive about their latest efforts to jump start negotiations which remain suspended since the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) walked out in April last year. More...
Published: Sun Sep 5 02:26:30 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Sri Lanka upbeat as they depart for ICC Trophy defence, Sun 5 September, 2004 07:01. COLOMBO, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka skipper Marvan Atapattu claimed his team had nothing to fear from any opponent as they departed the country to defend their ICC Champions Trophy crown in England on Sunday... Back to the top

India Denies Charge it is not Helping Peace Process in Sri Lanka
Asian Tribune, 5th September 2004. “India is doing whatever it can to help neighboring countries, facing major problems,” Prime Minister Dr... Back to the top

LTTE throw hand grenade at a hotel in Batticaloa
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 4, 2004, 7.35 p.m.. A group of LTTE cadres threw a hand grenade to a hotel at Oddamavadi, in Batticaloa yesterday evening... Back to the top

Senior CPC leader stresses cooperation with Sri Lanka, 2004-09-04. BEIJING, Sept. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- A senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) here Saturday said enhancing cooperation between China and Sri Lanka serves fundamental interest of the two peoples. Luo Gan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks in meeting with delegations of the People's Liberation Front of Sri Lanka ledby Somawansa Amarasinghe, Sri Lanka Freedom Party led by Nimal Perera, Communist Party of Sri Lanka led by Raja Collure and United National Party of Sri Lanka led by Jayawickrama Perera... Back to the top

Tamil rebel leader asked to appear in Sri Lankan court, 2004-09-04 15:40:20. COLOMBO, Sept. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lanka's Appeal Court has ordered the reclusive leader of the Tamil Tiger rebels Velupillai Prabhakaran to appear in court over petitions against his signing truce agreement with the government, local TV reported on Saturday. Summons were issued Friday on Prabhakaran, leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to appear in court on Oct.1 in connection with an application seeking a court order to annulthe ceasefire agreement he signed with the previous government in February 2002... Back to the top

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