The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 1, 2006 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 7, NO. 25

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There's no armed resolution to Sri Lanka's ethnic strife - Interview with Gen.Kalkat
GulfNews, May 2. New Delhi: It seems to be a season of trouble in India's neighbourhood. After Nepal, it is now the turn of Sri Lanka to simmer and boil over.

The terrorist attack on Sri Lankan army headquarters in Colombo, in which the army chief was injured, shook the fragile truce between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to its foundations.

Though the LTTE has denied its involvement in the attack, the Government launched limited air strikes against LTTE targets. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 1 23:20:40 EDT 2006


Sri Lankan Peace Talks May Not Resume Soon -Truce Monitors
Associated Press, May 1. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels might not resume peace talks soon, a European cease-fire monitor said Monday, as soaring violence between the two sides threatened a return to civil war.

``When I look into the activities of the two parties, I am not quite so optimistic any longer about the peace talks in the near future,'' Ulf Henricsson, the Swedish head of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, told The Associated Press.

``But we are working on it, so we will see,'' he said.

The Tigers began fighting the government in 1983 to create a separate Tamil nation, accusing the majority Sinhalese-dominated state of discrimination. The conflict killed more than 65,000 people.

A Norway-brokered cease-fire halted the war in February 2002, but outbreaks of violence have escalated, threatening to shatter the fragile truce.

In the past month, more than 150 people have died in near-daily bombings and shootings that the government has blamed on the Tigers.

The rebels deny responsibility and accuse the military of targeting ethnic Tamil civilians.

Government-rebel relations plummeted last week when the government ordered air and sea strikes against rebel targets following a suicide bombing in the capital that killed 12 people and seriously wounded the country's army commander.

``Both parts are violating the cease-fire agreement, so a lot of people ask us whether the cease-fire is still on,'' Henricsson said.

``Of course in reality not, because there are a lot of violations, but the agreement is still valid and the parties have not terminated it, so I think we still have a basis for negotiations,'' he said.

``We will not go back to a full-scale war, because for me there is no military victory possible for (any) of the parties.'' Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 1 12:00:58 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Canadian Tamils welcome continued action against LTTE.
Roy Edwards reporting from Toronto, May 1. First came the ban. Then came the raids. Days after the Canadian federal government listed LTTE as a proscribed organization, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) assisted by the local and provincial police officers raided several offices of the World Tamil Movement (WTM) located in Toronto and Montreal. WTM is an LTTE front organization alleged to be involved in intimidation and extortion. The sealed warrants allowed the police officers to carry out the searches and confiscate materials from the WTM offices. These warrants do not allow the public to know why the searches are conducted. After the raids, leaders of other LTTE front organizations organized news conferences to deny any criminal activities. They also denied any connections to the LTTE. In a Montreal news conference, a WTM leader said they are considering taking legal action against the RCMP and the Canadian government. However, other Tamil community groups, including the Association of Canadian Tamils and Canadian Tamils for Democracy, welcomed the ban and raids and expressed support to the Canadian law enforcement.

The latest blow to WTM came on Saturday. The WTM organizes several events in Montreal and Toronto for propaganda and fund raising purposes. These events are often held at high schools and universities. One such event, billed as 'Muttamil Vila' to honor the Tamil patriots, was scheduled for today at the Winston Churchill High School in Scarborough. The organizers were forced to cancel the event after Police refused to provide officers for the event, a requirement for the permission granted by the high school. In an article published in Toronto Star today, the lawyer representing WTM had told the Star that a Police office officer had told him "I don't want my officers associated with people who might be guilty of criminal offences".

It is learnt that, WTM considered organizing a protest rally in Toronto against the raids. The idea was dropped after the WTM operatives felt that there would not be enough people to attend the rally. One WTM official told me "if enough people don't show up, then it will look like that we don't have much support in the community. That is not true. People support us. But right now, most of them are scared'. However, several Tamil residents said that they are in fact very happy about the continued action against the LTTE operatives. "LTTE is trying to impose their own laws and regulations on us, even here in Canada. They want us to give them all the details about our family members here, our relatives back home, names, addresses what they are doing, everything. Then they ask for monetary contribution. It is terrible". Several Tamil residents say they welcome the Police crack down on the WTM and LTTE fronts. However, they expressed doubts whether the Police will continue their tough stand on the long run..

Police actions show that the Canadian law enforcement is getting serious about the LTTE activities here. A raid in Toronto where Police removed several documents and computer hard disks from the WTM head office followed the raids at two WTM offices in Montreal. Days after the Toronto raid, RCMP officials searched a Tamil shop near downtown and removed LTTE propaganda materials, including DVDs, CD and LTTE flags. In addition the Toronto Police department has put the word out that events organized by LTTE fronts will no longer be provided with security.

Following the warning to the owner of 'Ambal Trading Company' Tamil storeowners are worried. In Toronto many shop owners used to display large-scale portraits of the LTTE leader Mr.Pirabakaran in their stores. Now these photos have disappeared from the stores. Even the LTTE owned businesses in the city, a wholesale warehouse and a catering service (both located in Scarborough) closed for several days after the RCMP raids. LTTE manages several businesses in Toronto, such grocery stores, restaurants, catering services and radio and TV stations. Several of the Hindu temples are also controlled by LTTE fronts. Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 1 20:32:57 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Tigers likely to accept Lanka govt flight offer
indiatimes.com, May 01, 2006, 17:51 EDT. COLOMBO: A top rebel official said on Monday that the LTTE was likely to accept the government's offer of a sea plane for hierarchical Tiger cadres to travel from the east to the northern rebel headquarters for a crucial internal meeting prior to peace talks with the government... Back to the top

Seven killed in LTTE attacks
hindu.com, May 01, 2006, 17:51 EDT. COLOMBO: At least seven persons were killed and eight injured in suspected LTTE attacks in eastern Sri Lanka on Monday, the army said... Back to the top

The Big Question: Is Sri Lanka once again on the brink of full-scale civil war?
Independent, may 1. Barely recovered from the 2004 tsunami, Sri Lanka appears to be sliding inexorably back towards civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka navy says attacked by rebel Sea Tigers
reuters.co.uk, Mon May 1, 2006 7:43 AM BST6. By Lindsay Beck COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's navy said it came under attack from the Tamil Tigers' sea wing on Monday and at least four were killed in a separate claymore mine blast, the latest violence to raise fears of a return to civil war... Back to the top

LTTE attacks SL army posts in Trincomalee
hindustantimes.com, Colombo, April 30, 2006|10:52 IST. The LTTE on Sunday fired artillery and mortar shells at Sri Lankan Army Forward Defence Lines (FDL) in two places on the Trincomalee coastline... Back to the top

LTTE maritime unit sophisticated and impressive
dailyindia.com, May 1. New Delhi, May 1 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas have developed a 'sophisticated' maritime network and they must now be looking for ways to meet the challenges of the latest global maritime security regimes, an Indian scholar says... Back to the top

If This is Called Peace...
TIME, May 1. The one thing everyone remembers is how good-looking the assassin was... Back to the top

ANALYSIS-Latest S.Lanka violence makes war harder to avoid
alertnet.org, May 1, 2006, 06:42 EDT. COLOMBO, May 1 (Reuters) - After a week in which Sri Lanka came to the brink of civil war faster than anyone thought possible, analysts and diplomats say that, while both sides say they want peace, rising violence could lead to open conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka hopes to attract 6 lakh tourists
com, 01 May . Hyderabad: Sri Lanka aims to attract one million tourists by 2010... Back to the top

Mainstream Tamil rebels overrun breakaway group's camps, killing 15
Associated Press, Sun April 30, 2006 03:00 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Mainstream Tamil Tiger rebels overran three camps of a breakaway faction early Sunday, killing 15 cadres of the rival group, a rebel official and a pro-rebel Web site reported... Back to the top

Lankan expats hope ‘peace will prevail’ back home
gulf-times.com, 1 May, 2006. WHILE their homeland is on the brink of civil war, a number of Sri Lankans residing in Qatar cling to the hope that peace will prevail... Back to the top

Sri Lankan, largest foreign carrier to India, hikes airfares
newkerala.com, 28 Apr 2006 . Colombo: SriLankan Airlines will raise its fuel surcharge on all Indian routes by 10 dollars from May 5, to partially offset galloping energy prices, the airline said today... Back to the top

SriLankan Airlines adds more direct flights to Middle East
ameinfo.com, May 1. All eight SriLankan Airlines' Middle East destinations will have a minimum of four flights per week from October 2006... Back to the top

Sri Lankan government hits back at accusations that airstrikes violated truce
Associated Press, Sat April 29, 2006 23:37 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government has dismissed as ``outrageous'' accusations by European peace monitors that it violated a cease-fire by launching deadly airstrikes in Tamil Tiger rebel territory, state-run media reported Sunday, amid fears of an imminent return to civil war in this South Asian nation... Back to the top

Lanka sends senior minister to seek India s support
dnaindia.com, Sunday, April 30, 2006. With the Sri Lanka peace process under threat due to escalation of violence, the island nation is sending a senior minister here this week to seek India's 'political' support for revival of the dialogue process between the government and LTTE... Back to the top

ICC announces next three Cricket World Cup, first Twenty20 venues
Associated Press, Sun April 30, 2006 11:03 EDT . - - India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka - and Bangladesh will co-host the 2011 tournament, Australia and New Zealand have the 2015 edition, and England 2019... Back to the top

India, Pak, Lanka, Bangla to be joint hosts for World Cup 2011
indianexpress.com, APRIL 30. In the end, it was a 10-wicket win for Asia. India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were today declared co-hosts of the 2011 cricket World Cup with 10 of the 13 members of the ICC executive board voting in favour... Back to the top

Tamil rebels shell army positions, overrun breakaway group's camps
Associated Press, Sun April 30, 2006 11:03 EDT . DILIP GANGULY - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels shelled army positions and launched a deadly raid on a breakaway faction they say is backed by the Sri Lankan government, while a Tamil civilian was shot dead, officials said Sunday, heightening fears of a return to civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka calls off May Day rallies fearing suicide bombings
hindu.com, Sunday, April 30, 2006 : 1640 Hrs. Colombo, April. 30 (PTI): Sri Lanka today called off the main May Day rallies tomorrow amid fears that Tamil Tigers could carry out suicide bombings against large crowds. A government spokesman said that all political parties which met with President Mahinda Rajapakse on Friday agreed to cancel their main public rallies marking May Day, a key celebration that allows political parties in the island nation to display their strength... Back to the top

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