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APRIL 18, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 13

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Karuna’s cadres taking refuge in Colombo?
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 19, 2004, 12.17 pm. Troops loyal to LTTE renegade Eastern leader Karuna are reportedly entering the country’s commercial capital, Colombo, in large numbers with their families, Tamil sources claimed. Most of them are moving in for reasons of security while the others are trying to leave the country. “A large number want to leave for India while, some others want to apply for visas to travel to European destinations,” they claimed. .

This has prompted intelligence cadres and pistol gangs loyal to LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran to hunt for them in the city.
Published: Sun Apr 18 14:17:45 EDT 2004

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Sri Lanka’s new government facing serious crisis
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 18, 2004, 11.58 pm. Cracks have appeared in President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s minority government, which managed to secure only 105 seats at the early April General Election, with the Alliance’s main constituent, Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna refusing to take oaths, unless the President gives them the Mahaweli Development Ministry.

However rumours of whether the Marxist JVP was planning to pull out of the alliance could not be ‘officially’ confirmed. But sources said that it was highly unlike that the JVP would take any drastic action.

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party on Saturday night had decided not to give the Mahaweli Development Ministry to the JVP. However the JVP sources said that according to the agreement signed between them and President Kumaratunga, if the United Peoples Freedom Alliance came to power, the Mahaweli Ministry will be bestowed to the JVP. “This was one of our conditions, and now she is going back on it,” the sources said.

Meanwhile, more discussions to solve the crisis are expected to take place tomorrow. The JVP was given four Ministerial portfolios and its respective deputy portfolios, without the crucial Mahaweli Ministry, which has been given to a senior SLFP member Maithripala Sirisena.
Published: Sun Apr 18 14:01:17 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Chandrika in standoff with key ally, APRIL 18, 2004 10:37:50 PM. President Chandrika Kumaratunga was locked in a standoff with her main ally over cabinet portfolios ahead of their minority government’s first parliamentary test on Thursday, officials said. President Chandrika Kumaratunga inducted her cabinet at a ceremony boycotted by the Marxist People’s Liberation Front, or JVP, eight days ago and their differences are yet to resolved, an official said. More...
Published: Sun Apr 18 19:05:31 EDT 2004 Back to the top

TNA to meet LTTE on Tuesday
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 18, 2004, 11.56 pm. The Tamil National Alliance will seek the advice from the LTTE leadership as to who they should support on Thursday when the election to determine the new Speaker is held in Parliament... Back to the top

SA election impresses Tamil Tiger observers, Sunday 18 Apr 2004 . A delegation of Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have given the South African electoral process the thumbs-up... Back to the top

Sri Lanka unhappy at Broad, 18 April, 2004. Sri Lankan cricket authorities have reportedly raised concerns over match referee Chris Broad, who reported Muttiah Muralitharan's bowling action... Back to the top

President issues a strict ‘code of conduct’ to her Ministers
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 18, 2004, 11.31 pm. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has issued ‘strict guidelines’ to her Ministers and Deputies... Back to the top

TNA opposes President’s move to change the constitution
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 17, 2004, 5.15 pm. Amidst strong opposition by many minorities political parties against President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s decision to change the constitution, the LTTE backed Tamil National Alliance has also declared their strong opposition to her decision to change the constitution... Back to the top

Sri Lankan cricket board ``reports'' match referee, Chris Broad for partying with Australians: reports
Associated Press, Sun April 18, 2004 07:47 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) The Sri Lankan cricket board has reported match referee, Chris Broad, to the International Cricket Council for allegedly attending a party given by the touring Australian team, a state-run newspaper reported Sunday... Back to the top

Party raps Sri Lanka president, APRIL 18, 2004 1:15 am est. COLOMBO: A rebel-backed party has accused Sri Lanka's president of being insincere about resuming peace talks with the Tamil Tigers to end 20 years of civil war, after she made their arch-rival a cabinet minister... Back to the top

Army rejects LTTE request to carry arms in cleared areas
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 17, 2004, 5.13 pm. The LTTE is reported to have requested the Sri Lankan Army to allow them to carry weapons in cleared areas, in the North and East province, sources said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka 's president says resumption of peace talks is ``top priority''
Associated Press, Sat April 17, 2004 02:12 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A resumption of peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels is the ``top priority'' of President Chandrika Kumaratunga's new administration, despite claims by a pro-rebel party that the hardline president is neglecting the peace process, her spokesman said Saturday... Back to the top

Rebel-backed party criticises Sri Lanka president, 17 Apr 2004 07:11 . COLOMBO (Reuters) - A rebel-backed party has accused Sri Lanka's president of being insincere about resuming peace talks with the Tamil Tigers to end 20 years of civil war, after she made their arch-rival a cabinet minister... Back to the top

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