The Lanka Academic

 
SEPTEMBER 26, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 174

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HL:Sri Lankan Tamils rally at Queen's Park; demand Canada help peace process
Associated Press, Sat September 25, 2004 20:21 EDT . - - Canada is home to the largest Tamil population outside Sri Lanka - and India. Nearly 200,000 alone reside in the GTA.

Organizers and attendants spoke passionately Saturday about the allegations of terrorism constantly dogging the Tamil Tigers, an organization viewed by some as freedom fighters.

Ottawa has not officially banned the group, despite a 2003 request from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

The Tamil Tigers are listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and the RCMP has alleged that it has front groups in Canada that funnel vast amounts of money to fighters in Sri Lanka - .

``It's a free country, we respect their right to express their opinions,'' said organizer Ashwin Balamohan, 21, adding the terror allegations are false.

``We're confident in what we're saying and that's why we're out here saying it in the open.''

The students' call to the Canadian government to play a large role in the Sri Lankan peace process was supported by many of the attendants at Saturday's rally.

``The government of Canada has always been in the forefront of peacemaking, and therefore we want them to be very involved,'' said Father Xavier Francis, 76. ``If the Tamils and the Sinhalese can meet in Oslo, if they can meet in Japan, why can't they meet in Ottawa or in Toronto?''

Canada has provided funds and advice in an effort to achieve a sustainable political solution to the long-standing conflict. Most recently, Canada funded an observer group to monitor Sri Lanka - 's parliamentary elections, which took place April 2.

(Toronto Sun)
Published: Sun Sep 26 00:45:55 EDT 2004


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Tamils seeking Canada's help
Toronto Sun, September 26. THOUSANDS OF local Tamils proudly displayed Tamil Tiger flags yesterday during a massive rally urging Canada to play a prominent role in the stalled Sri Lankan peace talks. Organized by the Canadian Tamil Students Association, the first local "Pongu Thamil" demonstration drew 10,000 Tamils to Queen's Park yesterday. "It's come to a point where our community is frustrated with this war," Parthi Kandavel said. "Our main agenda is peace -- and we understand both sides have committed wrongs -- but the key is for dialogue between the two parties." Talks between the majority-Sinhalese Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam stalled in 2003 after a Norway-brokered peace agreement began in December 2001. Decades of fighting on the island nation south of India has left tens of thousands dead, while hundreds of thousands of Tamils have fled the country. Nearly 200,000 live in the GTA. More...
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S Lanka to open fresh talks with LTTE
dailytimes.com.pk, September 27. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s main opposition, which holds the balance of power in parliament, pressed the government on Sunday to salvage stalled talks with Tamil Tiger separatists. The opposition United National Party (UNP) said the way forward to end the deadlock in the Norwegian-backed peace process was to start direct negotiations. The UNP turned down a request by President Chandrika Kumaratunga to join”National Advisory Council,” saying such a consultative body would be useful only after Colombo and the Tigers made progress towards a final deal. More...
Published: Sun Sep 26 21:16:30 EDT 2004 Back to the top

Six more killed in LTTE factional fighting
hinduonnet.com, September 26, 2004,10:20 EDT. Colombo, Sept. 26 (PTI): At least six members of the main Tamil Tiger rebel group were killed by the breakaway faction in eastern Sri Lanka over the weekend, raising fears of more clashes between the two groups. Military sources said today the killings came in two separate clashes in the eastern district of Batticaloa, two days after the main Tiger group ambushed and killed the number two leader of the breakaway group... Back to the top

Peace takes a back seat in Sri Lanka
Dawn, sep 26. There are slim hopes that the Sri Lankan government and rebel Tamil Tigers would restart peace talks soon after four people including a top renegade Tiger fighter were shot dead in growing factional fighting in the country... Back to the top

Sri Lanka under fresh pressure to open talks with Tamil Tigers
khaleejtimes.com, September 26, 2004,10:20 EDT. [India News] Chennai, Sep 26 : The UN believes that conditions in Sri Lanka are not conducive for the return of refugees to their homeland from India... Back to the top

Refugees can t go back to Sri Lanka now: UN:
newkerala.com, September 26, 2004,10:20 EDT. [India News] Chennai, Sep 26 : The UN believes that conditions in Sri Lanka are not conducive for the return of refugees to their homeland from India... Back to the top

Karuna vows to avenge brother Reggie’s killing by LTTE
hindustantimes.com, september 25. The dissident LTTE leader, Col Karuna, has sworn to avenge the killing of his brother and second-in-command "Reggie" by the mainstream LTTE in the Batticaloa jungles earlier this week... Back to the top

Canadian Tamils gather in Queens Park
TamilNet, September 25. "Tamils are streaming in from three entries into Queens Park from the similary named underground station closeby... Back to the top

Posters denouncing Pongu Thamil appear in Toronto
Special Correspondent , September 25. While LTTE operatives in the city are busy arranging the Pongu Thamil rally, posters denouncing the rally as a ‘Terrorist Conference in Toronto’ appeared overnight in several places in Toronto... Back to the top

LTTE criticises India:
newkerala.com, Sep 25. Colombo, Sep 25 : After a long gap, Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas have publicly criticised India... Back to the top

Sri Lanka sends first group of peacekeepers to Haiti
Associated Press, Sat September 25, 2004 08:15 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - on Saturday sent soldiers to the troubled Caribbean country of Haiti, in its largest deployment of troops to a United Nations peacekeeping mission, a military spokesman said... Back to the top

LTTE to meet its constitutional experts in Geneva on Oct 1
hindustantimes.com, September 25, 2004, 09:40 EDT. Given the tremendous international pressure on it to re-start talks with the Sri Lankan government, the LTTE is to discuss the issue with its constitutional experts in Geneva on October 1 and 2... Back to the top

Kuruppu appointed Sri Lanka team manager
cricmania.com, September 25, 2004, 14:15 EDT. COLOMBO, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Former test opener Brendon Kuruppu has been appointed team manager for Sri Lanka's tour to Pakistan in October and November... Back to the top

Lanka trying to get Ashok Leyland to set up plant
hindustantimes.com, September 25, 2004, 09:40 EDT. The Sri Lankan government has been holding discussions with the Chennai-based Indian auto giant Ashok Leyland about setting up an assembly plant in the island with a capacity of 25,000 units per year... Back to the top

Asian ministerial officials discuss labor migration issues in Manila, XINHUA
Associated Press, Fri September 24, 2004 12:43 EDT . - - Delegates and representatives from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka - , Thailand, Vietnam, Afghanistan and the Philippines, the IOM and the Asian Development Bank attended the meeting hosted by the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment in collaboration with the IOM on Sept... Back to the top

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