The Lanka Academic

 
MAY 9, 2006 EST, USA
 
QUAERE VERUM
 
VOL. 7, NO. 33

JAYANTHA DHANAPALA

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Countries should ban Tamil Tigers from fundraising: Sri Lankan FM
Associated Press, Tue May 9, 2006 11:19 EDT . NIRMALA GEORGE - Associated Press Writer - NEW DELHI (AP) The international community should ban Tamil Tiger supporters from raising funds in foreign countries and take stringent measures to cut off the cash flow to the rebels in Sri Lanka - , its foreign minister said Tuesday. Sri Lanka - wants Western countries to keep a closer eye on individuals who support the rebels' cause, restrict their travel, and stop their ability to raise money, he said.

The Tamil Tigers are banned in the United States, Britain, India, Canada and Australia. But rebel front organizations raise money for the group's activities, as well as for the humanitarian needs of Sri Lanka - 's ethnic minority Tamils affected by the 23-year-old conflict.

The Tigers have fought the government since 1983 to create a separate state for Tamils in Sri Lanka - 's north and east, accusing the majority Sinhalese-dominated state of discrimination. More than 65,000 people have died in the civil war.

During his two-day visit Samaraweera held talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other Indian leaders as part of regular consultations between the South Asian neighbors.

More than 800,000 Tamils live in about a dozen countries around the world, mainly in Australia, Canada and the United States.

Sri Lanka - wants a negotiated political solution to end the conflict on the small island nation that lies off southern tip of India.

Both sides met for talks in Geneva in February for the first time in three years and agreed to meet again in April. But relations between the government and rebels have since soured because of an upsurge in violence.

Last month, the insurgent group refused to participate in further talks, citing violence against the guerrillas and their supporters.

The ``onus'' for resumed peace negotiations now rests with the LTTE, said Samaraweera.

``The international community must, therefore, make it very clear to the LTTE that the decision as to whether the peace process goes ahead rests entirely with them,'' he said. Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 9 12:47:27 EDT 2006

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Sri Lanka rebels warn Akashi of imminent war+
Associated Press, Tue May 9, 2006 07:50 EDT . COLOMBO, May 9 (Kyodo) _ Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels warned a Japanese special peace envoy Tuesday a war that could ''bring doom'' to the island country is imminent unless the spiraling violence of recent weeks is immediately halted.

The message was conveyed to Yasushi Akashi by the rebels' political wing chief S.P. Tamilchelvan in rebel-held Kilinochchi where Akashi met with leaders of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam after talks Monday with President Mahinda Rajapakse and senior government and opposition leaders.

In a statement posted on its website, the LTTE's peace secretariat quoted Tamilchelvan as telling Akashi that government forces have intensified attacks on Tamils ''who (as a result) will be forced to take a decision that will bring doom to Sri Lanka.''

Diplomats said that postings by the peace secretariat are akin to official LTTE statements.

Akashi flew to Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka by air force helicopter in an effort to persuade the LTTE to return to the negotiating table following the resumption of peace talks between the government and the LTTE in February after a three-year break.

He told reporters he is taking a message to the Sri Lanka government from the LTTE but declined to divulge its contents, the website said.

Talking to reporters separately, Tamilchelvan said he briefed Akashi about ''warlike attacks'' by Sri Lankan forces that ''have killed and is continuing to kill hundreds of young Tamil men and women.''

The Sri Lanka government denied the accusations, saying there was a limited retaliatory attack on the LTTE following an April 25 suicide bomb attempt on the life of Sri Lanka's army commander that killed 11.

''The Tigers have in recent weeks killed scores of military personnel in claymore mine attacks and other incidents,'' a government spokesman said. ''The provocation has been intense and the president has been very patient.''

Tamilchelvan told Akashi it is up to the international community to bring an end to the attacks by the Sri Lankan military and create a more conducive environment for peace talks, the website said.

He gave the envoy an updated list of the civilian death toll, allegedly at the hands of the Sri Lankan military, since the February peace talks in Geneva at 148.

Separately, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Jaffna said in Colombo the people of the North are ''scared of a major war exploding at any time,'' the pro-LTTE TamilNet website said. Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 9 11:00:52 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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NGOs challenge LTTE dictat
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, May 9, 2006, 4.54 p.m.. In the face an apparent LTTE order restricting women from working for NGOs, a consortium of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) both international and local have stressed upon the need for all community members to play a role in supporting the rights of women to work whether be it in NGOs, hospitals, schools or private enterprises.

"Community members should not attribute stereotypes or rumors uncritically to all the thousands of women who work in the social service sector, to do so is to further victimize women," said a statement signed by 28 organizations including CARE International Sri Lanka, FORUT, Save the Children in Sri Lanka, Norwegian Refugee Council, OXFAM Australia, OXFAM GB and the World Vision - Tsunami Response Team.

The other signatories to the statement are; Community Development Fund, Eastern Self-Reliant Community-Awakening Organization, People's Welfare Association,

Infants and Development, Palameenmadu Welfare Society, Zahira Welfare Commi ttee,

Thiruperanthurai Community Development Organization, Suriya Women's Development Centre, Sikaram Social Development Fund, Eastern Social Development Forum, Caritas-EHED, ACTED, Helvetas, Viluthu, World University Services Canada, Thiruchendur Welfare Society, Koralai Pattu North Development Union, Arche Nova, LEADS, Point Pedro Institute of Development and World Concern.

"Over the past few weeks there have been a number of leaflets and rumours containing allegations and making threats against women working in NGOs in Batticaloa and Ampara districts. These allegations have focused on issues of sexual exploitation of women, and have called for women to be stopped from working in NGOs and also in private businesses," the statement said.

The Organizations also highlighted that the issue of sexual exploitation of women is a serious matter, and individual cases must be systematically investigated and justice must be sought for the women concerned. Perpetrators of exploitation must be penalized not women.

"Any process of obtaining justice for these women must be sensitive to their individual needs and circumstances and should avoid causing them further suffering. Women who have suffered exploitation should be assured of full support by their employers, the community and the legal authorities if they wish to come forward," the statement added.

Meanwhile the Women and Media Collective has called upon Ministry of Women's Affairs and the Ministry of Social Welfare to ensure that the rights of women who choose to work are protected and that whatever anti-social elements attempt to prevent women from leading a full and equal life are duly punished.

The organization reaffirm its commitment to women's right to work, and extend their solidarity and support to women in the Eastern Province to confront this challenge with courage and determination. Discuss this story
Published: Tue May 9 07:25:16 EDT 2006 Back to the top


Lanka pushes for defence pact with India
dnaindia.com, May 09, 2006. NEW DELHI: The threat to Sri Lanka's fragile peace process triggered by the LTTE's attack on the army commander was on the top of the agenda during foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other Indian leaders... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's coastal drinking water still suffers effects of 2004 tsunami
Associated Press, Tue May 9, 2006 08:36 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Thousands of wells along Sri Lanka - 's coast remain unusable because of saltwater contamination caused by the 2004 Asian tsunami, a government official said Tuesday, as an international research team urged new measures to tackle the problem... Back to the top

Look who’s thrown his weight behind Jayasuriya: Ranatunga
expressindia.com, MAY 9. It took time for the wheels to turn as he had been out of the country, but former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga, now deputy tourism minister, is known to have instigated the downfall of the selection panel that terminated Sanath Jayasuriya’s Test career last month... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to offer oil exploration block to ONGC
indianexpress.com, May 10. NEW Delhi: : Sri Lanka will offer one oil and gas exploration block to Oil and Natural Gas Corp on a preferential basis, the country’s foreign minister, Mangala Samaraweera, said on Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka cricket makes $35 mn profit
expressindia.com, Tuesday, May 09, 2006. Sri Lanka cricket said on Tuesday its finances were on a good wicket after clinching commercial sponsorships for the sale of television rights and ongoing tournaments... Back to the top

Tension as 30 Tamils are killed
GulfNews, may 9. Colombo: The security situation in Sri Lanka's north and eastern provinces Lanka deteriorated amid claims that 30 Tamils were killed in fighting with a rival faction on Sunday night... Back to the top

Sri Lanka troops recover suspected Tamil Tiger munitions
lankabusinessonline.com, 9 May 2006 20:32:43 . May 9, 2006 (AFP) - Sri Lankan troops recovered Tuesday seven Claymore mines, guns and a large quantity of ammunition belonging to Tamil Tiger guerrillas, the defence ministry said... Back to the top

India, Sri Lanka consider open sky policy
newkerala.com, May 09, 2006, 11:00 EDT. New Delhi: In a bid to enhance connectivity, India and Sri Lanka are considering an open sky policy within the framework of the air traffic agreement of the SAARC nations... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Increases Security on Peninsula
Associated Press, Mon May 8, 2006 13:03 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Security forces clamped down on Sri Lanka - 's Tamil-dominated Jaffna Peninsula on Monday to guard against anti-government demonstrations and a Japanese envoy said he would travel to a nearby area to try to meet rebels and avert a civil war... Back to the top

Lanka seeks Indian help to isolate LTTE
expressindia.com, May 9, 2006. The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister who concluded his visit to India on Tuesday has reportedly sought New Delhi’s help in cutting off the cash flow for LTTE from different countries, particularly the European Union... Back to the top

In pictures: Women in Sri Lanka conflict
bbc.co.uk, Tuesday, 9 May 2006. Ganeshwary Santhanam, 27, is a mother in eastern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

'Resettle in HSZ': Court
bbc, may 8. The judiciary in Sri Lanka has ordered the government to take measures to resettle thousands of displaced as a result of establishing High Security Zones (HSZ)... Back to the top

RCMP commissioner says organized crime and terrorists working closely
Associated Press , May 8. By ALEXANDER PANETTA OTTAWA (CP) - The head of the RCMP says his agency is increasingly concerned about evidence that organized crime groups are helping to fund terrorists... Back to the top

Sri Lanka ready for talks, LTTE is not
indiatimes.com, Monday, May 08, 2006 09:07:25 pmIANS ]. NEW DELHI: Sri Lanka, on Monday, said it was ready for peace talks with the Tamil Tigers in Geneva but accused the latter of placing roadblocks at every step... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks India’s nod for top UN post
com, Monday, May 8th, 2006. New Delhi - With less than eight months to go for Secretary General Kofi Annan’s term to expire, Sri Lanka Monday sought India’s support for the candidature of Jayanta Dhanapala for the top UN post... Back to the top

LTTE using intimidation to raise funds: Dutch cabinet
com, Monday, May 8th, 2006. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is using intimidation tactics to raise funds in the Netherlands, two cabinet members said Monday in written response to a parliamentary question... Back to the top

Jayasuriya was forced to quit Tests, says Sri Lanka's selector
AFP/Yahoo, May 8. COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's veteran cricketer Sanath Jayasuirya retired from Test cricket last month after being handed an ultimatum to either quit or be sacked, newly-appointed chief selector Asantha de Mel said... Back to the top

Anton Balasingham’s Interview refuted by Peace Secretariat
SCOPP, May 8. In an email interview to Reuters `Exclusive – Sri Lanka rebels vow to neutralise renegades’ released on 8th May, Anton Balsingham is stated to have said the following: “The government’s refusal to rein in armed groups as pledged at (talks in) Geneva has been the primary cause of intensified violence and the stalemate in the peace talks: and “Since the Government has outrightly denied the very existence of Karuna group in government controlled areas and refused to disarm them, the LTTE has no choice other than to take the responsibility on itself and neutralise Karuna’s armed men”... Back to the top

Sri Lanka wants India to make LTTE talk
newkerala.com, 08 May 2006 . New Delhi: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera Monday urged India to play a role that could lead to a resumption of peace talks between Colombo and the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

Japan envoy visits Sri Lanka as Tamil accusations fly
reuters.com, May 8, 2006 . COLOMBO (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels accused Sri Lanka's army of killing civilians on Monday, ahead of a meeting between a top Japanese envoy and President Mahinda Rajapakse... Back to the top

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