The Lanka Academic

 
SEPTEMBER 22, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 170

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President expresses dissatisfaction over ISGA, wants to start talks with the LTTE centred on a final solution
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 22, 2004, 11.47 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today expressed her dissatisfaction over the LTTE’s demand for a Interim Self Governing Authority on the basis of a temporary solution to the country’s two decade long ethnic conflict. During a news Conference at the United Nations Head Quarters, Ms. Kumaratunga had also pointed out that she and her Government prefers to discuss what would be the shape of a final solution before establishing any interim arrangement.

The Tigers would like to see what they call an “interim, self-governing authority” established before continuing discussions about a final resolution of the conflict, Ms. Kumaratunga said. But she added that her Government was “not satisfied” with this approach, and would prefer to discuss what would be the shape of a final solution before establishing any interim arrangement. She mentioned that there were proposals for interim arrangements in various constitutional reform proposals her party had put forward. Her Government continued to view the extensive devolution of power, “a kind of federal state”, as the key to resolving the conflict. Her Government first offered this proposal nine years ago in the form of a new draft constitution. She did not know what else the Government could do short of handing over the country to the LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, said the President’s office in a news release quoting Ms. Kumaratunga during the conference.

She further assured that the Government of Sri Lanka remained committed not to go back to an armed conflict. “We remain committed to the concept that we do not like war”, she assured during the news conference.
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Pirbakaran posters defaced.
Special Correspondent, September 22. Posters bearing the LTTE leader Pirabakaran's photos have been spray painted with black paint and defaced at several store-fronts in Toronto overnight. Reports from Toronto say that Canadian public are also becoming increasingly annoyed by the display of these posters and banners. However, it is not clear who spray painted the posters in several Toronto suburbs. Several store-owners removed the damaged posters in the morning fearing reprisals by the LTTE operatives. The Tamil radio and TV channels operated by LTTE-fronts in Toronto, are asking all Tamils living in the city to participate in the Pongu Thamil rally on Saturday.
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Save civilians from the LTTE clutches, EPDP tells France
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 23, 2004, 1.13 p.m.. The Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) during a meeting with French Ambassador Jean Bernade de Vaivre have complained about the problems faced by the civilians in the North East province due to the LTTE’s conduct and activities.

An EPDP Delegation, headed by its Leader Douglas Devananda told the French Envoy that the civilians were facing severe hardships due to the exorbitant extortions demanded by the LTTE as ‘tax’. The people in these areas are very poor and so they are finding it hard to pay these ‘tax, if they fail to even pay such tax, they have to undergo severe harassment by the LTTE cadres.

“The LTTE continue to ignore pleas not to recruit children to its Organisation and goes ahead with child conscription, and no one seem to be able to do anything about this problem as well,” the EPDP members lamented, Adding that such unethical actions should be stopped immediately, and the international community must pressurise the LTTE to stop such activities.
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Tamil Businesses in Toronto forced to close up for Pongu-Thamil.
Special Correspondent, September 22. More than five hundred Tamil business establishments in Toronto have been forced to close shop on Saturday the 25th... Back to the top

Kumar's legal fight may eclipse past challenges as CEO
newsday, september 22. He immigrated to the United States an impoverished teen from Sri Lanka and beat all the odds by rising to the top of one of the world's largest software company... Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt. forces, Tamil rebels meet in east, XINHUA
Associated Press, Wed September 22, 2004 14:26 EDT . - - Head of Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission Trond Furuhovde presided the meeting, which was attended by delegations from the government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels... Back to the top

Full text of President's Address to the 59th Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in New York
Press Release,, September 22, 2004, 08:00 EDT. Mr. President, I congratulate you on your assumption of the high office of President of the Fifty-Ninth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations and assure you of Sri Lanka's fullest support and cooperation as you undertake the onerous responsibility of presiding over the deliberations of this august assembly... Back to the top

LTTE building a bunker at Nagarkovil
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, September 21, 2004, 11.57 p.m.. LTTE have once again started to construct a bunker in the Nagarkovil area... Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt rejects Tamil rebel demand for prisoner exchange
xinhuanet.com, 2004-09-22 23:55:03. COLOMBO, Sept. 22 (Xinhuanet) --The Sri Lankan government Wednesday rejected a Tamil Tiger rebel demand for setting free 10 of their imprisoned members in exchange of two home guards abducted by them in the east of the country. Acting Defense Minister Ratnasiri Wickremenayake told the parliament that the government is not ready to accept the demand put forward by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels last week and these rebels have been sent to jail after proper inquiries against them... Back to the top

Wiring Sri Lanka
lankabusinessonline.com, Sept 22. The World Bank late Tue approved US$ 53 mn to roll out the e-Sri Lanka project, which aims to bridge the digital divide in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Demo brings Lankan town to standstill
Dawn, COLOMBO, Sept 21. Sri Lanka's eastern port town of Trincomalee was brought to a standstill on Tuesday due to a demonstration staged by the Sinhala community to protest an abduction allegedly carried out by the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Insurer Aviva to create 950 offshore jobs in India, Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Wed September 22, 2004 05:47 EDT . - - LONDON (AP) Aviva PLC, Britain's biggest insurance company, said Wednesday it will create about 950 offshore jobs in India and Sri Lanka - next year to service its U... Back to the top

Connecting The Unconnected: World Bank To Support E-Sri Lanka
Press Release, World Bank Office, Sri Lanka, September 22, 2004, 07:30 EDT. Sri Lanka: Connecting The Unconnected: World Bank To Support E-Sri Lanka WASHINGTON, September 21, 2004 -- The World Bank today approved US$53 million credit for its first integrated e-development project, the e-Sri Lanka project -- a comprehensive program of leveraging Information Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve public service delivery, increase private sector competitiveness, promote new sources of growth, accelerate social development,bridge the digital divide, and support peace... Back to the top

Kumaratunga too takes a dig at US
rediff.com, September 22, 2004, 07:30 EDT. In an apparent dig at US military intervention in Iraq, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Tuesday said Colombo does not believe that war is a solution to quell terrorism anywhere in the world, and as such it would not send peacekeepers Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt. forces, Tamil rebels meet in east
xinhuanet.com, September 22, 2004, 07:30 EDT. COLOMBO, Sept. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels met Wednesday in eastern Batticaloa after a long gap to discuss cease-fire related issues in the east of the country, the pro-rebel Tamilnet website reported. Head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Trond Furuhovde Back to the top

Sri Lankan government rejects Tamil Tiger demand for prisoner exchange
Associated Press, Wed September 22, 2004 01:19 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government Wednesday rejected a Tamil Tiger demand to release 10 rebels detained in state prisons in exchange of two village guards abducted by the group... Back to the top

Leadership changes show LTTE may get tough (NEWS ANALYSIS):
newkerala.com, 22nd September, 2004. [India News] New Delhi, Sep 22 : Crucial changes Tamil Tiger guerrillas have made in their ranks in Sri Lanka's east portend trouble ahead despite mounting concern voiced by Western diplomats over escalating tensions in the country... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president calls for UN reform, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue September 21, 2004 14:58 EDT . - - UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarantunga said Tuesday Sri Lanka - wishes for reform of the United Nations so that the world body would become more effective in safeguarding world peace and promoting development. She said her government regards the UN and its potential as the principal forum where the voice of the poor, the defenseless and the weak is also heard as much as the voice of the rich and powerful... Back to the top

Canada expresses concern over stalled peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 21, 2004, 11.44 p.m. . The High Commissioner for Canada Valerie Raymond yesterday expressed concern over the delay in restarting peace talks and warned that there is a great danger if the parties allow the gap to widen any further... Back to the top

LTTE issues release to mark world peace day, says Tamil people yearning for lasting peace
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, September 21, 2004, 12.48 p.m.. The LTTE peace Secretariat today in its message to mark the International Day of Peace said, “as a nation of people subject to oppression, discrimination and injustice over more than half a century and a cruel destructive war for two decades, the Tamil people are yearning for a lasting peace and befittingly join the peace lovers all over the world to make this a meaningful event... Back to the top

War-weary Sri Lankans hold massive meditation to mark World Peace Day
Associated Press, Tue September 21, 2004 08:48 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lankans, weary of civil war and clinging to a fragile truce, marked World Peace Day on Tuesday with a huge mass meditation aimed at strengthening a spirit of peace... Back to the top

Businesses close in Sri Lankan town to protest Tamil Tiger abductions
Associated Press, Tue September 21, 2004 09:36 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Shops and offices were shut and transportation halted Tuesday in an eastern Sri Lankan town to protest the abduction of two village guards by Tamil Tiger rebels, a military spokesman said... Back to the top

LTTE must give up Tamil Eelam demand: Kumaratunga:
newkerala.com, 21st September 2004. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga says the Tamil Tiger guerrillas should explicitly give up their dragging campaign for an independent Tamil Eelam homeland... Back to the top

Sri Lanka marks international peace day amid fears of war
Associated Press, Mon September 20, 2004 23:43 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - observed World Peace Day on Tuesday, amid fears that the nation could slide back into war as efforts to revive peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels fail... Back to the top

Lanka backs India s bid for UNSC seat
hinduonnet.com, September 21, 2004, 15:00 EDT. United Nations, Sept 21.(PTI): Sri Lanka today strongly supported India's candidature for permanent membership of the expanded UN Security Council, saying New Delhi along with Brazil, Germany and Japan fulfill the objective criteria for taking its place on the powerful body. Back to the top

LTTE bent on crushing all dissent, says rights group
hindustantimes.com, September 21. The University Teachers for Human Rights, Jaffna (UTHR-J) has said that the LTTE seems hell-bent on eliminating all traces of dissent among the Tamils, before it agrees to resume peace talks with the Sri Lankan government... Back to the top

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