The Lanka Academic

 
NOVEMBER 2, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 5, NO. 211

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Government’s main two allies; the JVP and SLFP are at odds once again
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 2, 2004, 10.43 p.m.. The Government’s main ally, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today declared that the United Peoples Freedom Alliance agreement has once again been violated, because President Chandrika Kumaratunga and other senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members had not consulted them before appointing the three Sri Lanka Muslim Congress MPs as non Cabinet Ministers.

The JVP and the SLFP formed an Alliance early this year under which they contested the April 2 general election and won. The JVP has been at many instances lamenting that the SLFP is going against the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two parties (on January 20) and taking many vital decisions without informing the JVP, who has 39 Parliamentarians in the Alliance Government. The JVP’s General Secretary Tilvin Silva in a letter to the President had pointed out that the Alliance agreement has once again been violated because the President and other SLFP members had decided to appoint three more ministers sans their knowledge. He had also objected to the three new appointments citing, “at a time when the cost of living is unbearable upon the masses, the Government’s decision to continue increasing its number of Ministers is not healthy for the Alliance on the long run.”
Published: Tue Nov 2 11:46:15 EST 2004


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Opposition Leader urges President to resume peace talks soon
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 2, 2004, 10.36 p.m.. President Chandrika Kumaratunga today requested Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe to rethink his decision on participating at the National Advisory Council for Peace and Reconciliation (NACPR). The President made this appeal when she met him today morning at the President’s House for a special discussion. Ms. Kumaratunga however briefed him on the proceedings of the Advisory Council, and the NACPR’s future plans. The President emphasized the importance of the United National Party’s participation in the Council and requested Wickremesinghe to reconsider his party’s decision of boycotting the NACPR. However, Mr. Wickremesinghe in response emphasised the need for peace talks to resume immediately. He reiterated that the NACPR would be really worthwhile only once peace talks are resume between the Government and the LTTE, and unless that the Council would not be of any importance.
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Bombs found at Trincomalee harbour
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 1, 2004, 9.35 p.m.. Two M4 Grade bombs have been found in the inner harbour in Trincomalee near the office of the North East Provincial Council. A civilian is reported to have tipped off the police, who had then gone to the area and after searching for several hours had found the two bombs. The bombs were recovered at the place where the navy usually berth their boats, the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party claimed today.

The LTTE cadres, who spy on the movements of the navy and the security camps in the area, are believed to have left these bombs, the party claimed.
Published: Tue Nov 2 10:42:03 EST 2004 Back to the top


Akashi ends latest Sri Lanka visit on optimistic note+
Associated Press, Tue November 2, 2004 08:47 EST . - - COLOMBO, Nov. 2 (Kyodo) Japan's special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi ended a weeklong Sri Lanka - visit Tuesday on an optimistic note, saying that the key parties to the dispute all want a ''genuine, durable peace'' in the country and that the peace process is ''intact.'' Akashi, who was making his eighth visit to Sri Lanka - , said that before returning to Japan he would go to India to brief the Indian government on his Sri Lanka - visit, which included meetings with President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse, Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and the leader of the LTTE's political wing, S.P. Tamilchelvan, as well as other key players... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ready to talk peace on LTTE’s terms
hindustantimes.com, Wednesday, November 3, 2004 | Updated: 01:54 . P K Balachanddran Colombo, November 2,The Sri Lankan government has apparently conveyed to the LTTE its readiness to start talks on the basis of the latter's controversial proposal for an Interim Self Governing Authority for the Tamil-dominated North Eastern Province... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president asks opposition to attend peace council, XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue November 2, 2004 14:06 EST . - - d united Sri Lanka - . The peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels have been on hold since April last year when the rebels walked out following six rounds of direct negotiations under the Wickremesinghe regime... Back to the top

Japanese peace envoy wraps up salvage tour to Sri Lanka , XINHUA
Associated Press, Tue November 2, 2004 14:03 EST . COLOMBO, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Japan's special peace envoy to Sri Lanka - said on Tuesday after his latest visit to the small island country that the key parties in the country all want a lasting peace and he hoped negotiations with Tamil Tigers rebels could resume soon. Yasushi Akashi expressed his belief that both the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels were averse to go back to war and peace talks between the two sides could resume soon... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Club gearing up for anniversary, BAHRAIN TRIBUNE
Associated Press, Tue November 2, 2004 11:07 EST . - - xfdws SRI-LANKA - -CLUB sked Sri Lanka - Club gearing up for anniversary, BAHRAIN TRIBUNE THE MIDDLE EAST WorldSources, Inc... Back to the top

Asia ; Muslims declare war against Chandrika
keralanext.com, November 02, 2004, 08:15 EDT. Asia News, COLOMBO — Sri Lanka’s main Muslim party yesterday withdrew from a peace panel set up by President Chandrika Kumaratunga and declared “all out war” against her for allegedly trying to splinter the minority community... Back to the top

Thousands of Muslims protest against the LTTE in the East
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 1, 2004, 11.58 p.m.. Hundreds of Muslim civilians, students and members of civil organizations in the Eastern province staged several demonstrations in the Eastern province to commemorate 14 years since Muslims were evicted from the North by the LTTE... Back to the top

Lanka likely to start talks on basis of LTTE’s proposal
hindustantimes.com, November 2. The Sri Lankan government has apparently conveyed to the LTTE its readiness to start talks on the basis of the latter’s controversial proposal for an Interim Self Governing Authority (ISGA) for the Tamil-speaking North Eastern Province (NEP)... Back to the top

S. Lanka s Murali urges peace with Tiger rebels
alertnet.org, 02 Nov 2004 . KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka, Nov 2 (Reuters) - One of Sri Lanka's most successful bowlers, Muttiah Muralitharan, on Tuesday urged the government and Tamil Tiger rebels to resume stalled talks to turn a truce into lasting peace after two decades of civil war... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger leader says rebels committed to peace process, but accuses government of insincerity
Associated Press, Tue November 2, 2004 04:21 EST . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Tamil Tiger leader says the rebels remain committed to peace efforts aimed at permanently ending Sri Lanka - 's civil war, but accused the government of insincerity... Back to the top

Is India again playing a role in Sri Lankan politics?
onlypunjab.com, November 02, 2004, 08:15 EDT. Last week, in an announcement that took everyone by surprise, the newly formed political party of V... Back to the top

SLN claim of destroying LTTE camp, a fabrication
tamilnet.com, November 02. "The SLN has fabricated the story of destroying a LTTE camp in Palampoddaru area along Trincomalee-Kandy road to justify its false claim that LTTE had constructed several new camps in Trincomalee," Mr... Back to the top

Japan envoy concerned at S.Lanka peace impasse
alertnet.org, November 02, 2004, 08:15 EDT. COLOMBO, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Japan's peace envoy to Sri Lanka said on Tuesday he was concerned by lack of visible progress in forging lasting peace between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Tamil Tigers Dismiss New Sri Lanka Peace Plan
reuters.com, Nov 1, 2004 . KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels dismissed on Monday a new government blueprint for peace after two decades of civil war without even seeing it, dashing hopes that stalled peace talks will resume soon... Back to the top

Sri Lankan President arrives tomorrow night
deepikaglobal.com, November 02, 2004, 08:15 EDT. New Delhi, Nov 2 (UNI) Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga arrives here tomorrow night on a five-day visit during which she will hold talks with Indian leaders on bilateral issues as well as international developments... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger camp destroyed by Sri Lankan navy, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon November 1, 2004 11:26 EST . - - COLOMBO, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Sri Lankan navy had destroyed a camp belonging to the Tamil Tiger rebels, the country's state radio announced Monday. Sri Lanka - Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) said that a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) camp unoccupied by the rebels was destroyed by the navy at Palampattar in the eastern port district of Trincomalee late Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks news on fate of hostage amid fears of another kidnap
channelnewsasia.com, 02 November 2004 1617 hrs . COLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities were still trying to make contact with the abductors of a Sri Lankan truck driver in Iraq amid reports that another of its nationals had been seized, officials said... Back to the top

LTTE Rejects Japan’s Mediation Offer
indolink.com, 2nd November 2004. Colombo, Nov. 2 (NNN): The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has dismissed efforts by the Japanese special envoy to Sri Lanka to end the stalled peace process as “not productive.” Rebel spokesman SP Thamilselvan said that they still wanted interim self-rule in the north and east. But he said that the government had indicated that it was not prepared to resume talks on this issue... Back to the top

TULF Launches Official Web-site
4, November 1. Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) had officially launched its web-site at www... Back to the top

Iraq hostage crisis: Government taking it easy?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, November 1, 2004, 11.38 p.m.. The Government is yet to officially react to the abduction of Dinesh Rajaratnam, a Sri Lankan truck driver who was taken hostage last Friday by an Iraqi extremist group... Back to the top

Karuna cadres throw bomb at LTTE office in Batticaloa
J. S. Nalin in Colombo, November 1, 2004, 11.31 p.m.. A Karuna loyalist is reported to have thrown a hand grenade at the LTTE’s Mavadivembu Political Office in Batticaloa yesterday evening... Back to the top

Defence pact with India not to affect Sri Lanka domestically ...
ptinews.com, Nov 2, 2004 . Colombo, Nov 2 (PTI) The proposed defence agreement between India and Sri Lanka was "not hostile" and will not affect efforts to bring peace between the Colombo government and Tamil Tigers, a top Japanese peace envoy said here today... Back to the top

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