The Lanka Academic

 
OCTOBER 5, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 183

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“ National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation a fake move,” claims LTTE
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 5, 2004, 8.50 p.m.. The LTTE while rejecting the newly established National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation claims that this is yet another fake move by the Alliance Government to buy time. LTTE reports alleged that the Council, headed by President Chandrika Kumaratunga is yet another one of the Government’s ploys to show their so called dedication to the International Community on the Peace Process, while in reality the Government is not at all dedicated to the peace process.

"They are not at all dedicated to a peaceful resolution. This is just another ploy to buy time. This council is a fake move, and is just set up to intimate to the International Community that they (Government) are 'committed' to peace,” said LTTE reports.

Meanwhile the Tamil National Alliance, which officially represents the LTTE in Parliament, is also reported to have urged President Kumaratunga to start peace talks with the LTTE on the basis of the Interim Self Governing Authority proposals immediately without establishing such worthless Councils. The Tamil Alliance also rejected the invitation extended to them by President attend the inaugural council meeting.
Published: Tue Oct 5 11:03:26 EDT 2004


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Norway asks Tigers to stop killings in Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Tue October 5, 2004 05:07 EDT . - - Helgesen emphasized the ''negative implications'' of cease-fire violations for the peace process as a whole and underlined that violations also make the work of the Sri Lanka - Monitoring Mission difficult.

''In this context, Mr. Helgesen stated that Norway condemns the political killings taking place in Sri Lanka - and appealed to the delegation that the LTTE does everything possible to stop such killings,'' the embassy statement said.

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has accused the Tigers of killing more than 250 of their political rivals since the cease-fire and Norway has come under criticism in Sri Lanka - for allegedly taking a soft line toward the Tigers.
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SLMC Deputy Leader disregards party decision and participates at inaugural Peace Council meeting
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 5, 2004, 8.23 p.m.. Disciplinary action will be taken against Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Deputy Leader N.M. Shaheid after he ignored a party decision and took part yesterday at the inaugural meeting of the National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation, which was chaired by President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

Even though President had extended an invitation to SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem to participate at the meeting, Hakeem boycotted the meeting, but noted that there was a likely possibility that his party would support the Council in the future. He had also informed the President that before appointing such a council, the most important task was to resume talks with the Tiger rebels. However, despite the SLMC High Command taking a decision not to participate at the inaugural meeting, the Deputy Leader had however disregarded the decision and had participated at the meeting. Source also told the Lanka Academic that it was quite likely that Shahied would be even expelled from the party, owing to his actions.
Published: Tue Oct 5 10:26:46 EDT 2004 Back to the top


SLMM STANCE ON THE ISSUE OF THE LTTE DETAINED HOME GUARDS IN TRINCOMALEE.
SLMM, October 5. At a meeting with the Defence Secretary Mr. Cyril Herath, held in Colombo on the 4th October 2004, Head of Mission of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, Major General (ret) Trond Furuhovde reiterated the SLMM stance on the issue of the two Home guards being detained by the LTTE in the Trincomalee district... Back to the top

Sri Lankan all Buddhist monk party to join peace council, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue October 5, 2004 13:13 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka - 's all Buddhist monk party has said that they would support and join the government's peace council only after the Tamil Tiger rebels accept the territorial integrity and the legal framework of the country, The Island newspaper reported on Tuesday. Leader of the JHU or National Heritage Party Ellawela Medananda said on Monday that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels should wholeheartedly accept the territorial integrity and the legal framework of the land, giving up all ideas of recommencing peace talks based on their proposals for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA)... Back to the top

BSNL to lay undersea cable to Sri Lanka
financialexpress.com, OCT 5. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) will lay undersea cable between Chennai and Sri Lanka which will cater to the voice and data requirements between the two countries... Back to the top

Sri Lanka president launches fresh effort to revive peace bid
Associated Press, Mon October 4, 2004 10:53 EDT . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) President Chandrika Kumaratunga vowed on Monday to do whatever it takes to prevent Sri Lanka - from sliding back into civil war as she launched the government's latest effort to revive the nation's nearly moribund peace process... Back to the top

COL. KARUNA’S INTERVIEW TO THE TBC RADIO IN LONDON.
TBC, October 4. In an interview with the Thamil Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) in London, Col... Back to the top

Back to basics for Sri Lanka’s ’mine sweepers’
khaleejtimes.com, 5 October 2004. THADDUVANKODDY, Sri Lanka - In a remote sun-baked corner of northern Sri Lanka, farmers are pioneering an unlikely new weapon in the fight to clear hundreds of thousands of landmines strewn during two decades of civil war... Back to the top

Murali to return to Lancashire
Associated Press, Tue October 5, 2004 08:09 EDT . MANCHESTER, England (AP) Sri Lanka - off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will return to play for Lancashire in next year's County Championship... Back to the top

Atapattu wants to build on Sri Lankan success in Asia Cup with a win over Pakistan
Associated Press, Tue October 5, 2004 06:15 EDT . RIZWAN ALI - Associated Press Writer - KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) Sri Lanka - will be trying to continue its winning form at this year's Asia Cup when it meets Pakistan Wednesday in their first one-day international of the triangular series, captain Marvan Atapattu said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka arrests 20 Indian fishermen for poaching
hindustantimes.com, Tuesday, October 5, 2004. Sri Lankan Navy on Tuesday arrested 20 Indian fishermen and seized their trawlers for violating the country's territorial waters, police said... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers reject peace panel
bbc.co.uk, Oct 04. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have dismissed the peace panel which the government says it has formed to help revive stalled talks... Back to the top

Sri Lanka keen to invite Tamil rebels back to peace talks, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon October 4, 2004 13:53 EDT . COLOMBO, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga Monday vowed to do everything possible to have the Tamil Tiger rebels back to the negotiating process stalled since April 2003. I wish to state firmly and clearly that the Government is committed to do all that is required to persuade the LTTE ( Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) to return to the negotiating table, Kumaratunga said while addressing the inaugural meeting of National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation... Back to the top

Pre dominant Muslim party also boycotts President’s inaugural Peace Council meeting
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 4, 2004, 8.53 p.m.. Sri Lanka’s pre dominant Muslim party, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress today boycotted the inaugural meeting of the National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation, chaired by President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

LEAD: President seeks talks, opposition boycotts Sri Lanka peace bid+
Associated Press, Mon October 4, 2004 09:47 EDT . - - Sri Lanka - 's parliamentary opposition boycotted Monday President Chandrika Kumaratunga's latest initiative on the island's faltering peace process, dimming prospects for national consensus... Back to the top

No smoking during Pakistan, Sri Lanka match
dailytimes.com.pk, October 05. KARACHI: Smoking would not be allowed in the National Stadium enclosures during the one-day international cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Wednesday, the Sindh police said on Monday... Back to the top

Lanka is hot destination for Chennai
newindpress.com, October 5. CHENNAI: Sri Lanka is fast emerging as the preferred holiday destination for Chennaiites... Back to the top

Increasing US influence over Sri Lanka worries LTTE
hindustantimes.com, October 4. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), fighting for a separate "Tamil Eelam" in North East Sri Lanka, are "concerned" about the growing political, financial and military influence of the United States in Sri Lanka, according to a knowledgeable Tamil source close to the LTTE... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers losing their grip on northern Jaffna
isn.ethz.ch, Monday, 04 October 2004. By Ravi Prasad for ISN Security Watch Rather than view the Sir Lankan soldiers as occupiers, the residents of the “Peace Village” in the country’s northern Jaffna peninsula view them as friends, much to the dismay of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, whose rebel grip on the area seems to be weakening... Back to the top

Ninty-six LTTE cadres go from North to East
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 4, 2004, 8.30 p.m.. Security forces provided escort for the passage of 96 LTTE cadres who were proceeding to Trincomalee across the Omanthai Entry/Exit point... Back to the top

Sri Lanka learning to win without Muralitharan - coach
reuters.co.uk, Mon 4 October, 2004 14:35 . KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka are learning to win without Muttiah Muralitharan, according to coach John Dyson... Back to the top

Sri Lankan coach rates Pakistan as favorite for triangular series
Associated Press, Mon October 4, 2004 09:45 EDT . - - KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) Sri Lanka - 's cricket coach John Dyson on Monday picked Pakistan as the favorite to win the triangular series, which also features a young and inexperienced Zimbabwe... Back to the top

LTTE blocks Muslim resettlement
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, October 4, 2004, 8.39 p.m.. The LTTE is reported to have once again unleashed its harassments on Muslim civilians, this time in the Arayampathi area... Back to the top

TNA MP attends LTTE ceremony at which ceasefire was violated
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, October 4, 2004, 8.32 p.m.. The LTTE flag was once again hoisted at a ceremony, which was attended by Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian Padmini Sidambaranathan in government held Jaffna yesterday... Back to the top

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