The Lanka Academic

 
DECEMBER 25, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 264

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Sri Lankan government says it will adhere to cease-fire
Associated Press, Sat December 25, 2004 01:57 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government on Saturday pledged to adhere to a truce with the Tamil Tiger rebels, despite failed efforts to revive peace talks to end the island nation's two decade-long civil war. The insurgents launched their violent campaign for a separate state for Sri Lanka - 's minority Tamils in 1983. More than 65,000 people were killed in the fighting.

In its latest bid to revive peace talks, the government said it wanted formal commitments from the rebels to honor Sri Lanka - 's sovereignty and integrity, and a time frame for a final settlement. In return, the government will consider the rebels' self-rule proposal.

The insurgents, however, insist that talks be solely based on their demands for autonomy in the north and east of the island nation, where most of Sri Lanka - 's Tamil minority live.

The rebels want control over their own administration, police and legal system, unrestricted access to the sea, and the right to collect taxes and receive direct foreign aid.

During peace talks held in Oslo in December 2002, the government claims that the rebels agreed to explore a federal solution to the civil war. The Tigers later backed out of the so-called Oslo Declaration, saying an agreement was not ratified.
Published: Sat Dec 25 03:17:40 EST 2004


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Peace closer despite Tigers rejection of new offer : Sri Lanka:
newkerala.com, Dec. 25. Colombo, Dec. 25 : Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga today voiced confidence that peace was closer than ever in Sri Lanka even though Tamil Tiger rebels rejected her latest offer to revive stalled negotiations. "Much of the groundwork directed towards the fulfilment of our hopes has been done," Kumaratunga said. "I am confident the tranquillity which appeared elusive is closer than ever before.", The News quoted, Kumaratung as saying in her Christmas message. More...
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Tamil Tiger rebels formally reject latest government's peace proposal
Associated Press, Fri December 24, 2004 09:30 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's Tamil Tiger rebels on Friday rejected the government's latest proposal to resume long-stalled peace talks, saying it does not address their key demand for self-rule. In its latest bid to revive peace talks, the government said Monday that it wanted formal commitments from the rebels to honor Sri Lanka - 's sovereignty and integrity, and a time frame for a final settlement.

Leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam were ``displeased'' with the government's proposal, chief rebel negotiator Anton Balasingham was quoted as saying by the TamilNet Web site, which reports on Tamil affairs.

Balasingham, who lives in London, repeated rebel demands that talks be based on the guerrillas' proposal for vast autonomy in the north and east of the island nation, where most of Sri Lanka - 's Tamil minority live.

The insurgents want control over their own administration, police and legal system, unrestricted access to the sea, and the right to collect taxes and receive direct foreign aid.

During peace talks held in Oslo in December 2002, the government claims that the rebels agreed to explore a federal solution to the civil war that has killed some 65,000 people. The Tigers later backed out of the so-called Oslo Declaration, saying an agreement was not ratified.

The talks have been stalled since April 2003, when the rebels demanded increased authority in the north and east.

The government did not immediately comment on the rebels' rejection. President Chandrika Kumarartunga is in London for the holiday season.
Published: Fri Dec 24 10:42:44 EST 2004 Back to the top


Followers observe top Buddhist monk's funeral anniversary under police guard
Associated Press, Fri December 24, 2004 06:10 EST . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Hundreds of followers of a prominent Buddhist monk, who campaigned against Christians proselytizing in Sri Lanka, observed his first funeral anniversary Friday by holding prayer meetings... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Illegals must go
news24.com, December 24, 2004. Colombo - Sri Lanka said on Friday an estimated 10 000 illegal foreign workers have 17 days to leave voluntarily or face arrest... Back to the top

New TV channels to target Americans of South Asian descent
Associated Press, Fri December 24, 2004 17:00 EST . KRISTA LARSON - Associated Press Writer - American Desi broadcasting 24 hours a day in English won't be the only new channel vying for viewers who trace their heritage to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan or Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Lanka, Vietnam replicate Bangladesh WM model
Yahoo, December 25, 2004, 01:35 EDT. Two cities of Vietnam and Sri Lanka replicated a Bangladesh model of community based solid waste management approach to turn the organic municipal garbage into fertiliser, officials said in Dhaka on Friday, reports BSS... Back to the top

Indo-Sri Lankan air fares to go down
indiatimes.com, DECEMBER 24. NEW DELHI: Air fares between India and Sri Lanka are set to glide down next year with 3 airlines from the island nation — Expo Air, Serendib and Lion Air — getting the go ahead to start flights to India... Back to the top

LTTE demands clear, well defined agenda for talks from Colombo
deepikaglobal.com, December 24, 2004, 15:00 EDT. Colombo, Dec 24 (UNI) Rejecting the government's fresh agenda for talks as ''vague and ambiguous,'' the Tamil Tiger rebels in an official response today have called for ''a clear, coherent and well defined agenda'' from President Kumaratunga's Freedom Alliance government to resume the stalled peace talks... Back to the top

Sri Lankan senior rebel leader s relative deported by Canada
xinhuanet.com, 2004-12-24 18:43:36. COLOMBO, Dec. 24 (Xinhuanet) -- The brother-in-law of Tamil Tiger rebels' political wing leader S.P. Thamilselvan has been deported to Sri Lanka from Canada, the local website Lankapage said on Friday... Back to the top

'Peace closer than ever' : President
BBC, December 24, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunga expressed hope that the permanent peace is “closer than ever” to the island nation... Back to the top

Rao was bold, decisive and visionary says Chandrika
hindustantimes.com, December 24, 2004. The Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, has said that she learnt of the death of former Indian Prime Minister, PV Narasimha Rao, with "much personal sadness" and praised him for his "bold, decisive and visionary" reforms, which contributed a "great deal" to the "spectacular success" of the Indian economy... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to let private airlines fly international routes
Associated Press, Fri December 24, 2004 01:46 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The government will let the country's three domestic airlines Expo air, Serendib and Lion Air operate international flights from this island nation, officials said Friday... Back to the top

ADB extends $315 mn aid to India, Lanka : HindustanTimes.com
Yahoo, December 24, 2004, 9:45 EDT. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $250 million loan to India and 65 million dollars in loans and grants to Sri Lanka, the bank said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka says it will repatriate 10,000 illegal Asian workers
Associated Press, Fri December 24, 2004 08:31 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - on Friday warned illegal foreign workers in the island nation to leave by Jan... Back to the top

Sri Lanka express hits elephants
Yahoo, December 24, 2004, 9:45 EDT. An express train has collided with a herd of wild elephants in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

LTTE rejects talks offer
rediff.com, December 23, 2004 14:29 IST. Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have rejected a new proposal by the government to revive stalled peace negotiations, sources close to the guerrillas said Thursday... Back to the top

All crew abroad a Greek cargo ship safe after fire
Associated Press, Fri December 24, 2004 01:57 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Greek cargo ship caught fire off Sri Lanka - but the 30-member crew extinguished the blaze and all aboard were safe, a rescue and salvage company said Friday... Back to the top

Fishermen released by Lanka arrive in Chennai
chennaionline.com, December 24, 2004. Chennai, Dec 24: Twenty-six Indian fishermen, arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on charges of crossing the International Border Line, were released today by the island government and they arrived here this afternoon by air... Back to the top

Kiwis prepared for threat of Vaas
BBC, December 24, 2004. New Zealand will hope to take advantage of Sri Lanka's lack of preparation when they meet in the first match of the one day series in Auckland on Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's diminutive fast bowler on way to New Zealand
Associated Press, Thu December 23, 2004 23:25 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's diminutive fast bowler Lasith Malinga will replace injured fast bowler Nuwan Zoysa in a five-match one-day series in New Zealand, a cricket board spokesman said Friday... Back to the top

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