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VOL. 2, NO. 150

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Doors still open for LTTE despite JVP restrictions- Mangala Samaraweera
Saroj Pathirana in London, Monday 03/09/01 1835 GMT. Doors are still open for discussions with Tamil Tigers, though government's new coalition partner Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) demand to make a full stop to the attempts to open a dialogue with the separatists, a senior government spokesman said. Matara district MP Mangala Samaraweera, who resigned today from his portfolio of Urban Development to pave the way for President Kumarathunga to appoint a new cabinet with only 20 ministers, said that the JVP will never oppose to government’s attempts to fulfil minorities’ aspirations.

"They always supported peace" Mr. Samaraweera, a close ally of the President and one time strong critic of JVP, told BBC’s Sandeshaya.

It is also learnt that the government is to shortly announce a 22-member cabinet including the President and the Prime Minister.
Published: Mon Sep 3 14:33:09 EDT 2001

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Pakistan & Sri Lanka to Sign Free Trade Agreement
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Lankan govt to finalise details of agreement with Marxists
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President issues proclamations on parliament meeting and cancellation of referendum
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17 PA MPs to cross to opposition ranks
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Parliament to reconvene on Sep. 6
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 10.25 a.m. SLT Monday September 3. Acceding to a demand by the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna the Government has agreed to reconvene Parliament on September 6, 2001, a day before President Kumaratunge asserted she would open the House... Back to the top

JVP - PA MOU to become effective today
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JVP/PA agreement to be effective from 2.00 p.m today
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JVP has become the horse rider now-Azwer
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PA MPs approve Chandrika's deal with JVP: Referendum cancelled,parliament to meet on Sept 6 and cabinet size limited to 20.
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Mystery of the M Star
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SriLankan Airlines introduces nonstop flights to the Maldives
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JVP gives midnight deadline to the government to cancel referendum and re call parliament
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Sri Lankan political crisis may take a twist
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India second choice as Lanka mediator: Survey
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Earth tremors experienced along western coast.
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42 detained in northern Sri Lanka
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Australian Tamil community rally against new Sri Lankan Commissioner
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Sri Lankan film wins top award
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Sri Lanka President vows to cut 'deal with devil' to save government, Sep 02 2001 18:16 IST. COLOMBO, Sept 2 (AFP) - Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga Sunday vowed to enter into any pact with "any devil" to save her minority government from collapse as an arch rival Marxist party threw her a lifeline... Back to the top

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