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VOL. 4, NO. 280

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National movement tells President to dissolve Parliament immediately
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 11, 2004, 9.35 pm. The National Patriotic Movement today morning called upon President Chandrika Kumaratunga to immediately dissolve parliament and call for a general election. The Movement also claimed that the only way out of the present political crisis is to hold an election.

Addressing a news conference in Colombo today, the movement’s Executive Committee member Wimal Weerawansa claimed that the President’s take over of the defence, mass communication and interior ministries had no effect what so ever on the peace process. “The peace process has been stalled since April last year,” he said.

A general election will confirm the people’s decision on the present situation, whether they want the treacherous United National Front government to rule or another party to rule them, he said.

Weerawansa who is also the Propaganda Secretary of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna alleged that the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration had something up its sleeve following their decision to remove Air force security from the Bandaranaike International Airport. He added that the government was helping the LTTE to bring in weapons to the airport and allow an attack on it, and then blame it on President because she is in charge of the Defence and Interior ministries now.
Published: Sun Jan 11 10:41:28 EST 2004

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President extends support to Foreign Minister
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 11, 2004, 8.12 pm. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has extended her fullest support to Foreign Minister Tyronne Fernando’s candidature for the post of United Nations Secretary General.

President Kumaratunga who hails from the Opposition had campaigned for the government Minister during the SAARC summit in Islamabad last week. She had requested all South Asian Nations to support Minister Tyronne Fernando.

Ms. Kumaratunga is reported to have tried talking the Minister into joining her party mid last year, a request firmly shot down by him. Political analysts are also claiming that the President’s move to support Fernando maybe with ‘vested interest’. “She maybe even trying to woo him into her party,” they alleged.
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Northeast Muslim group to discuss resettlement with Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Sun January 11, 2004 02:15 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A Muslim peace group will negotiate with Tamil Tiger rebels over the resettlement of thousands of ethnic Muslims forced out of Sri Lanka - 's Tamil-majority north more than a decade ago, a newspaper reported Sunday... Back to the top

Ceasefire continues despite stalled peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 10, 2004, 10.17 pm. Despite the stalled peace process, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission today announced that the Ceasefire Agreement signed between the UNF Government and the LTTE in February 2001 was intact, and there has been no change in the ceasefire monitoring procedure... Back to the top

Lanka Oppn seeks dialogue with LTTE, [ SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2004 02:23:04 PM ]. COLOMBO : Sri Lanka 's main Opposition party led by President Chandrika Kumaratunga has made informal contacts with Tamil guerrillas to pave the way for direct talks between the two sides, reports Xinhua... Back to the top

LTTE arrests Indian on spying charges, says report, January 11. The LTTE has arrested a south Indian businessman on the suspicion that he is a spy for India, according to a report in The Sunday Times... Back to the top

Underworld leader’s murder takes a new turn, suspect’s statement false
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 10, 2004, 10.22 pm. The Colombo Crime Division today began to investigate the authenticity of the statements given to them by the gunmen who killed underworld gang leader Dhammika Amarasinghe yesterday... Back to the top

Provincial Council elections in May
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 10, 2004, 6.13 pm . All Provincial Councils will be dissolved this month, and elections are expected to be in May, sources told the Lanka Academic... Back to the top

Marxists, Chandrika to finalise coalition accord
Gulf News, January 11, 2004, 1:30 EST. President Chandrika Kumaratunga's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the Marxist JVP (People's Liberation Front) are on the verge of finalising a coalition agreement on contesting future elections and the formation of a future government... Back to the top

TN fishermen demand license to fish in Lankan waters, January 9 . Fishermen from Tamil Nadu will insist on getting licenses to fish in Sri Lankan waters when they meet officials of the State and Centre governments in Chennai on Monday, according to an informed source in Ramanathapuram... Back to the top

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