The Lanka Academic

 
SEPTEMBER 6, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 154

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Chandrika pledges to push forward stalled peace process
Gulf News, September 6. Colombo: President Chandrika Kumaratunga has pledged to push forward the stalled peace process by opening consultations with opposition parties to ascertain their stance on negotiations with Tamil guerrillas. Chandrika declared her plans to go ahead with the peace process when she addressed her party members at the 53rd anniversary celebrations held in Galle, south of the capital on Saturday evening. The, idea for consultations with the opposition parties and relevant groups was said to be an effort to forge a common consensus in the wake of the insistence by the Tamil guerrillas that their demand for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) should be met first. Chandrika explained that the government was trying to get the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to the negotiating table, though it was a difficult process to be achieved in a short period and added that "the process is slowly progressing, but we are not going backwards and we are doing the maximum." More...
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President has no clear policy for peace process, says LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 6, 2004, 10.39 p.m.. LTTE political wing leader S.P. Tamilselvan has declared that President Chandrika Kumaratunga has no ‘clear policy’ for the country’s peace process. He has also alleged that Ms. Kumaratunga was merely making statements to the effect that she is going to re-start peace talks as soon as possible, because she is under severe pressure from the International Community, but in reality she does not have any honest intention of resuming talks and neither does she or her Government have a clear policy for the peace process.

Meanwhile, Rayappu Josheph, Bishop of Mannar addressing a peace rally in Vavuniya has said, “Judging from the pattern of the evolving political situation, people are panicky of an imminent war again.” Addressing the media later on the Bishop of Mannar said that the recent killings has portrayed a dangerous situation threatening the ‘peace environment’ in the country.
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Nearly 30% registered voters sans a National Identity Card
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 4, 2004, 10.34 p.m.. Following a consensus reached between all political party leaders to make the National Identity Card compulsory to all voters at future elections, reports reveal that nearly 4 million voters in Sri Lanka sans identity Card. The present total number of registered voters is a little over 12.8 million. Mid last week, during the Party Leaders meeting held at the Parliamentary Complex, all leaders including minority party leaders unanimously agreed to the proposal for making the National Identity Card compulsory for voting at future National elections. Currently, only nearly 70% of the total number of registered voters has received their national identity cards. However, following the consensus reached between all leaders, the Government is making plans to issue National Identity Cards to all citizens who are without it within approximately eight months.
Published: Mon Sep 6 12:40:43 EDT 2004 Back to the top

LTTE prevents SLMM official from entering government-controlled area
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 8, 2004, 10.12 p.m.. An attempt made by two Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) officials to inquire into the Defence Ministry complaint over the series of alleged LTTE constructions in government controlled areas such as in Seelawathurai, Mannar, had failed with the LTTE preventing the SLMM officers from entering the area... Back to the top

LTTE bunker at no man’s area in Nagar kovil
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 6, 2004, 10.08 p.m.. A group of LTTE cadres have set up a bunker in the no man’s area in Jaffna’s Nagar Kovil, sources told the Lanka Academic... Back to the top

BPCL may buy stake in Ceylone Petro
com, Monday, 06 September , 2004. Sri Lanka plans to sell a $50 million stake in Ceylon Petroleum Corp... Back to the top

Lankan Muslims spurn TN Muslims’ call to merge with Tamils
hindustantimes.com, September 5. Sri Lankan Muslims have, with one voice, rejected a recent suggestion by a Muslim political leader from Tamil Nadu, that they should consider themselves part of the Tamil community of Sri Lanka because their mother tongue is Tamil... Back to the top

Lankan Tamils’ appeal to new Indian envoy
hindustantimes.com, September 6. Virakesari, the Tamil daily with the single largest circulation in Sri Lanka, has appealed to the new Indian High Commissioner, Nirupama Rao, to make India the protector of the embattled Tamils of the island... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka raises peace hopes despite recent spate of killings
channelnewsasia.com, 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... Back to the top

Sri Lanka upbeat as they depart for ICC Trophy defence
reuters.co.uk, 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

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