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VOL. 4, NO. 310

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Donor meeting to take place as scheduled
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 A.M Wednesday 11 February. Sri Lankan donor meeting, chaired by the United States, would take place as scheduled on February 17, despite the dissolution of the parliament by the President on Saturday. The Academic sources in Washington said, " The meeting will proceed as planned. There was no consideration given to postponing or cancellation of the meeting. " US Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage will host the meeting which would be attended by Ambassador Yashushi Akashi from Japan, Norwegian Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgessen, Deputy Director General of the European Commission Jounjean and the Irish Ambassador to the United States Noel Fahey representing the European Union presidency. The meeting will be held at 11 a.m at the State Department in Washington. Our sources revealed that the outcome would signal that Sri Lanka was on the right track and that the co-chairs would not wait indefinitely to provide aid to the country.

At the Washington meeting, the co-chairs are expected to make reference to extremism and chauvinism and to call for free and fair elections in April and ask for a rapid return to the peace process. The official said, the co-chairs would also take a very clear stand during the donor meeting.
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Army Say No Truth In Opening up Area in High Security Zone
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.30 P.M Tuesday 10 February. The Sri Lanka Army has refuted reports that they have opened up a high security area of 400 meters in Jaffna to enable a group of displaced persons reach their homes situated within the area. The Army Spokesman said the reports that the Army vacated seventy nine houses in two suburbs on the outskirts of Chavakachcheri town in Jaffna were severely exaggerated. The Army had released only seventeen dilapidated urban council houses to displaced workers who were camped just outside the demarcating fence. The Army spokesman added that release of the houses and land would not affect the security of the area There were reports that the EPDP had claimed responsibility for securing the release of the homes as a ploy to win votes in the upcoming election. A EPDP spokesman confirmed they had initiated the process by requesting the army to free the houses to the people on humanitarian grounds. However, they accused the TNA and LTTE of exaggerating the release of the houses. The EPDP said that TNA and the LTTE were trying to embarrass the Army and tarnish the name of EPDP. However, the Army spokesman, also said the Army had not received any reports that the EPDP was involved with the release of the houses to the people.
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Rajapakse to Contest only from Hambantota
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 10.00 P.M Tuesday 10 February. Former opposition leader Mahinda Rajapakse says he would contest the elections only from the Hambantota district despite request made by trade unions and other SLFP organizations. He told TNL Radio that he was a man from the South and he would never leave Hambantota to contest from Colombo. However, Rajapakse could not confirm reports if Mangala Samaraweera was being considered as the next likely leading candidate from the SLFP to contest Colombo. Rajapakse said that Mangala was a good choice to lead the SLFP in Colombo. SLFP trade unions requested the President this week to appoint Rajapakse as the leader of the Colombo District to counter the UNP stronghold Colombo. Meanwhile leader of the Up Country Peoples Front, P chandrasekeran stated that his party had always supported the UNP and will continue to support the UNP. He said that all Tamil parties were meeting tomorrow to discuss their strategy for the elections. Chandrasekeran met with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe yesterday and held discussions with the Premier.
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Chandrika for 15 members in caretaker cabinet, February 10, 2004. President Chandrika Kumaratunga wants the United National Front (UNF) to reduce its caretaker cabinet to 15 members setting off a fresh dispute between the two sides as political parties in Sri Lanka geared for the April 2 snap polls... Back to the top

We Will Work With Any Government Chosen By The Lankan People- US
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.30 P.M Tuesday 10 February. The United States say that they will work closely with any government chosen by the Sri Lankan people and the election process will be fair and free of violence... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's president mulling sacking more ministers ahead of polls
Associated Press, Tue February 10, 2004 05:43 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's president may sack as many as half of the rival prime minister's Cabinet ahead of crucial parliamentary elections, an official said Tuesday... Back to the top

Forked road in Colombo
The Straits Times, February 10, 2004. THE Sri Lankan peace process has lost so much valuable time over personal feuds in government that any intervention would be welcome... Back to the top

Battle of scions holds Lanka to ransom
com, 10 February , 2004. Sri Lanka's president and prime minister are childhood playmates and scions of ruling dynasties, but their feuding is costing the country a king's ransom... Back to the top

Lanka cricket chief on trial for fraud
com, February 10, 2004. Colombo: Sri Lankan cricket board president Thilanga Sumathipala went on trial on Tuesday for an alleged breach of the country's Immigration and Emigration Act... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Daily Mirror, February 10, 2004. Elections won't resolve country's problems of governance By Jehan Perera With President Chandrika Kumaratunga's decision to utilise her presidential powers to dissolve Parliament on February 8, 2004, Sri Lanka will face its third general election in less than four years... Back to the top

Tamil rebels seek shift in channeling aid due to political stalemate
Associated Press, Tue February 10, 2004 08:16 EST . ARTHUR MAX - Associated Press Writer - THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) Tamil rebels urged international aid donors on Tuesday to sidestep the crisis-plagued government in Sri Lanka - and channel reconstruction funds through a Tamil administration in the north... Back to the top

LTTE terms Chandrika's move a grave mistake: Early elections
Dawn, COLOMBO, Feb 9. Tamil Tigers said on Monday that snap parliamentary elections called in Sri Lanka were a "grave setback" to the already troubled peace process as the political turmoil sent the markets crashing... Back to the top

For Chandrika, ordering snap polls was an agonising decision
Hindustan Times, February 10. The decision to dissolve Sri Lankan parliament, just two years after it was elected, must have been one of the most agonising political decisions that President Chandrika Kumaratunga has taken so far... Back to the top

Government studies report on Sri Lankan teen facing deportation
Associated Press, Mon February 9, 2004 21:35 EST . - - Associate Immigration Minister Damien O'Connor will decide the 16-year-old's future, after he reviews the report, which says she is unfit for the flight back to Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sexing up the election with smoke and mirrors - and Tamil Tigers, February 10, 2004. If you thought the British report on the need to invade Iraq was "sexed up", you obviously hadn't seen nothin' yet of South Africa's 2004 election campaign... Back to the top

Sri Lankan girl facing deportation deteriorating - lawyer, 10 February 2004 . Lawyers fighting to keep a sexually abused Sri Lankan teenager in New Zealand say she is not eating properly, her mental and physical condition is deteriorating almost daily and she spends most of her time hiding under her bed... Back to the top

Parliament Dissolution May Cost Sri Lanka Billions in Aid, February 10, 2004. COLOMBO, Feb 10 (OneWorld) - A US $4.5 billion aid package for Sri Lanka is in jeopardy with the dissolution of Parliament by President Chandrika Kumaratunga on February 7 - ten days ahead of a crucial donor meet in Washington... Back to the top

US labour official to visit Sri Lanka, February 10, 2004. US Deputy Under Secretary for International Labour Affairs Arnold L... Back to the top

Kadir Says State Media Cannot Be Used by Government As It Pleases
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.20 A.M Tuesday 10 February. Caretaker Media Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar says that the state media cannot be used by the government of the day as it pleases and it belongs to the people of the country... Back to the top

President planning to reduce powers and staff of UNF ministers before election
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 9, 2004, 10.18 pm. President Chandrika Kumaratunga is planning to reduce the number of ministers and withdraw excessive powers granted to them and lessen the number of their staff before the general election, scheduled for April 2... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels call snap elections 'grave setback' to Sri Lanka 's peace process
Associated Press, Mon February 9, 2004 03:25 EST . SHIMALI SENANAYAKE - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels warned on Monday that the Sri Lankan president's decision to dissolve Parliament and call snap elections was ``a grave setback'' to the island's frail peace process... Back to the top

President’s actions criticised by G.L. Peiris
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 9, 2004, 10.11 pm. Cabinet Spokesman G.L. Peiris today strongly criticised President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s decision to dissolve Parliament and thereby call a general election... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's election blues, February 9, 2004. The peace process with Tamil Tiger rebels and the country's economy are likely to dominate the campaign, which kicks off after nominations close on 24 February... Back to the top

Muslim political factions to forge alliance?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 9, 2004, 4.45 pm. Senior Muslim Parliamentarians are contemplating forging a new alliance to contest the forthcoming general election... Back to the top

Sri Lankan govt strongly criticizes president's dissolution of parliament
People's Daily, February 9, 2004. Sri Lanka's caretaker government onMonday strongly criticized President Chandrika Kumaratunga for herdissolution of parliament as "undemocratic" and said they will seek resounding mandate of the people in the forthcoming electionsto continue with peace process and economic development... Back to the top

Nominations for election begins mid this month
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, February 9, 2004, 4.44 pm. Nominations for the 13th Parliamentary election scheduled for April 2, will begin on February 17 and will close on February 24, 2004... Back to the top

Chronology of Sri Lanka 's political crisis
Associated Press, Mon February 9, 2004 06:52 EST . The Associated Press - - Key events in Sri Lanka - 's political crisis leading to President Chandrika Kumaratunga's dissolution of Parliament and call for early elections: Jan... Back to the top

LTTE not to disturb Lankan polls, February 9. The LTTE has given an assurance that it will not disturb the forthcoming elections to the Sri Lankan parliament... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Daily Mirror, February 9, 2004. Dissolution dictatorial: UNP The UNP while expressing confidence in emerging victorious at the forthcoming general election yesterday strongly denounced President's sudden decision to dissolve parliament saying that the people of the country would be the ultimate losers, as all development work would come to a halt... Back to the top

Sri Lankan police say nearly 130 Christian organizations attacked in two months
Associated Press, Mon February 9, 2004 10:52 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Christian churches and charity organizations have suffered nearly 130 attacks in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka - since mid-December, police said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka News Canvassing by LTTE in South African election ..., February 9, 2004. Reported plans by South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) to use Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers to woo Indian voters in the forthcoming elections have been rejected by an indigenous Tamil leader... Back to the top

Hakeem to Meet With PM Today
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 3. 45 P.M Monday 9 February. Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Leader (SLMC) and Minister Rauf Hakeem is to meet with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe this evening on an invitation extended by the Premier... Back to the top

Lankan tour unlikey for McGrath, February 10, 2004. Glenn McGrath looks set to miss Australia’s Test match tour of Sri Lanka next month as he has yet to recover from injury... Back to the top

SriLankan Airlines makes comeback
Thestar online, February 9, 2004. AFTER losing half its fleet of aircraft to terrorist attacks at the peak of Sri Lanka's political upheaval two years ago, SriLankan Airlines was not only undeterred but managed to bounce back to greater heights, thanks to effective cost-control measures, a dependable workforce and a more peaceful Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Bevan recalled for Lanka tour, February 9, 2004. Batsman Michael Bevan and reserve wicket-keeper Brad Haddin were added yesterday to the Australian one-day squad for this month's five-match tour of Sri Lanka... Back to the top

SNAP ELECTIONS FOR SRI LANKA, February 9, 2004. SYDNEY, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Australia have added a second wicketkeeper to their limited overs squad for the tour of Sri Lanka to ease the workload on Adam Gilchrist... Back to the top

Ranil's party favours polls over political uncertainty
Gulf News, 09-02-2004 . Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Front (UNP) yesterday said that it was better to go in for fresh elections than rule the country amid uncertainty with unpredictable actions by President Chandrika Kumaratunga... Back to the top

Poll setback for Sri Lanka peace, february 9, 2004. Prospects for Sri Lanka's peace process dimmed yesterday after the president dissolved parliament and called a snap election, the third in four years... Back to the top

Parliament dissolution grave setback to peace process: LTTE, February 9, 2004. Colombo, Feb 9 (UNI) Calling President Chandrika Kumaratunga's decision to dissolve parliament ahead of schedule ''a grave setback to the peace process'', the Tamil Tiger rebels in their official reaction today said they would still stick to the ceasefire agreement with the government... Back to the top

World News : Sri Lanka Sri Lankan president appoints two new ..., February 9, 2004. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga appointed two new ministers hours before dissolving parliament and calling fresh parliamentary elections, her office said Sunday... Back to the top

Lanka president calls snap polls on April 2: Third election since 2000
Dawn, COLOMBO, Feb 8. Sri Lanka's fragile peace bid and reconstruction from war were plunged into uncertainty on Sunday after the president sacked parliament and called elections nearly four years ahead of schedule... Back to the top

Poll cloud on Lanka peace, February 9, 2004. Colombo, Feb. 8 (Reuters): Sri Lanka’s President called snap elections to try to unseat her bitter rival the Prime Minister, but whoever triumphs, it appeared unlikely to revive stalled peace talks with the Tamil rebels. President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who takes a harder line against the rebels than Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, dissolved parliament yesterday and set a vote for April 2 — three years early and the third general election in four years... Back to the top

Lanka far away for Indian oil firms, February 9, 2004. New Delhi : Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee may talk of a common currency for the South Asian region... Back to the top

Viet Nam, Sri Lanka promote cooperation, February 10, 2004. Ha Noi, Feb. 10 (VNA) - A cooperation agreement was signed between the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the Sri Lanka-Viet Nam Solidarity Association in Ha Noi on Tuesday. Under the agreement, the two sides will exchange delegations of intellectuals, politicians, social activists, artists, students, industrialists and people of all walks of life... Back to the top

SriLankan offers Bahrain-Hyderabad link, February 9, 2004. Passengers to India from Bahrain are being offered a new service to Hyderabad by SriLankan Airlines... Back to the top

Sri Lankan envoy assures Malaysian investors, BUSINESS TIMES
Associated Press, Mon February 9, 2004 09:54 EST . - - KUALA LUMPUR, Sun. - Malaysians, especially businessmen, should not be overly concerned about developments in Sri Lanka - following the dissolution of Parliament yesterday as both parties locked in electoral combat have the economic and political interests of the nation at heart... Back to the top

Under-19 Cricket World Cup opens in Bangladesh
Associated Press, Tue February 10, 2004 09:02 EST . PARVEEN AHMED - Associated Press Writer - Current under-19 champion Australia is grouped with Sri Lanka - , Zimbabwe and Canada in Pool A... Back to the top

Sri Lankan cricket team to play promotional matches in Malaysia
Associated Press, Tue February 10, 2004 11:44 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan cricket board said Tuesday it will send its national team to Malaysia in May to participate in a three-match one-day series organized to promote the sport in that country... Back to the top

ICC Champions Trophy schedule
Associated Press, Mon February 9, 2004 09:17 EST . - - Sri Lanka - vs. Zimbabwe Wednesday Sept... Back to the top

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