The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 6, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 30

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Lanka FM expected to seek Indian support for peace process
newkerala.com, 06 May 2006. New Delhi: The delicately poised Sri Lankan peace process will come up for a thorough review during the visit of the island nation's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera here.

Samaraweera, who arrived here today for a four-day trip, is expected to seek India's increased support to the peace process which is under strain due to a spurt in violence.

He will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh besides Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed, National Security Adviser M K Narayanan and Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran.

The visit will provide an opportunity to Indian leaders to have first hand assessment of the situation from the visiting dignitary. During the talks, the Indian side is expected to emphasise that it favours a solution to Sri Lanka's problems through dialogue. More... Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 6 22:28:19 EDT 2006


Sri Lankan rebel leader won't meet Japanese peace envoy amid spiraling separatist conflict
Associated Press, Sat May 6, 2006 11:42 EDT . KRISHAN FRANCIS

Associated Press Writer

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lanka's top rebel leader refused to meet with a Japanese peace envoy who arrived Saturday to try to prevent a return to civil war amid spiraling violence.

Envoy Yasushi Akashi's officials had asked to meet with reclusive Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran on Tuesday, rebel spokesman Daya Master said by telephone from the rebel stronghold, Kilinochchi.

``We told him it won't be feasible, but our political wing leader will be available,'' he said.

During his four-day visit, Akashi will meet with President Mahinda Rajapakse in Colombo and ``is seeking the possibility of'' meeting with rebel leadership in the north, the Japanese Embassy said earlier in the day.

``I would like to talk to as many people as possible to get a clear view of prospects of peace,'' Akashi told reporters on his arrival.

Akashi's visit comes amid continuing violence that has left more than 150 people dead since April, threatening a 2002 cease-fire brokered by Norway.

Peace talks planned for last month collapsed amid a spate of land mine attacks. The rift widened further with a suicide attack by a suspected rebel on the army's Colombo headquarters and two days of government airstrikes against Tamil rebel bases.

The Tamil rebels want a homeland, claiming discrimination by the ethnic Sinhalese majority. The current government won an election last year with a pledge to maintain a single state.

On Saturday, a government soldier was shot and injured in Jaffna, a northern town in the heart of territory the rebels claim as their homeland.

This visit marks Akashi's 12th to Sri Lanka since Tokyo named him as its envoy in October 2002, said Hideaki Hatanaka, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official.

Since 2003, Japan has given Sri Lanka $1 billion in aid and is the country's largest donor.

In 2003, Akashi helped organize a donors' conference in Tokyo that received pledges for $4.5 billion, mainly for the reconstruction of Sri Lanka's war-ravaged northeast. Discuss this story
Published: Sat May 6 13:08:26 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Suspected rebel group threatens to attack military, warns civilians to stay away
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Sharing a treasure with the world
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India in no hurry to clear Lanka arms requests
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Sri Lanka s army chief recovers from injuries
dailyindia.com, May 6, 2006.
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No action on Army and police persons in LTTE payroll
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No talks while killings continue: LTTE
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Violence continues as Sri Lanka awaits Japan envoy
alertnet.org, 06 May 2006 10:26:10 GMT.
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Sri Lankan navy foils suspected boat bomb attack
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Anarchy in Sri Lanka as peace envoy arrives
iol.co.za, May 06, 2006 at 09:30 EDT. Colombo - A Japanese peace envoy was to arrive in Sri Lanka for talks Saturday as Scandinavian monitors said violence between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels was out of control... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Still haunted by demons
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Sri Lanka: Behind talk of peace, threat of full-scale war looms
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Sri Lanka, rebels talk transport as violence rages
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Civil war in the jungle: The demons that haunt Sri Lanka
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S.Lanka s air force destroys rebel boat
reuters.co.uk, May 05, 2006, 08:40 EDT. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's air force destroyed a rebel Tamil Tiger boat off the island's northwest coast on Friday, a senior official said, adding that a second boat had been destroyed by the navy in an incident already reported... Back to the top

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