The Lanka Academic

APRIL 19, 2004 EST, USA
VOL. 5, NO. 14

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Palihakkara is New Foreign Secretary
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.45 A.M Tuesday 20 April. S. Palihakkara, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Bangkok will assume duties today (20) as the new Foreign Secretary. He replaces Bernard Gunatileke who is tipped to go as Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Ambassador Palihakkara, a much respected and no nonsense, diplomat counts over 35 years in Public and Foreign Service. He also served as Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva.

Outgoing foreign secretary Bernard Gunatileke was also the head of the Peace Secretariat. Gunatileke a career diplomat also served as Sri Lanka's Ambassador to China Diplomatic sources say that more changes and re-assignments in the Foreign Service would be announced shortly.
Published: Mon Apr 19 19:35:22 EDT 2004

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Disciplinary Action Against Tyronne- UNP to decide Next week
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 5.30 A.M Tuesday 20 April. United National Party will take a decision next week at its working committee meeting if the party would take disciplinary action against former minister of Foreign Affairs Tyrone Fernando for speaking against the UNP leadership. UNP Chairman, Malik Samarawickrema told The Island " Nothing has come up as yet since most of us were on holiday. We would discuss the matter and a decision would be taken when the working committee meets next week

Last week, Fernando who was omitted from the UNP national list, slammed the UNP leader, Ranil Wickremasinghe for reneging on his promise and appointing some others on the UNP national list without including him as one of the nominees. Fernando said the party needs a leader who will listen to the views of others and not to have a 'one man show'

A former minister and a UNP stalwart said the United National Party must take disciplinary action against Fernando for disgracing and insulting the party. He said, " Tyronne had all the time before the elections to take matters up at the working committee of the party. He also must understand that we join a party not to serve our own interests and for personal gains." The senior UNPer said that he had the impression that Fernando had done just that and added that the former minister would have lost his seat Moratuwa if Fernando had contested. He pointed out that it was not easy for some one like Fernando who aspired to be the next UN Secretary-General to take international stage. " Taking the international stage is a different thing. You need wisdom, foresight, prestige and personality and a image for it"
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President’s deadlock with JVP continues
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, April 19, 2004, 10.08 pm. In her bid to resolve the crisis with the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), President Chandrika Kumaratunga today informed the JVP leadership, that instead of giving the Mahaweli Development Ministry to her SLFP stalwart Maithripala Sirisena, she would take charge of it. However the JVP members, led by Wimal Weerawansa had been adamant that the Mahaweli Ministry should be given to them, and if the President failed to do so, the present crisis will continue.

“The JVP are against even Ms. Kumaratunga taking over this Ministry. What they point out to her is that a ‘word is a word’,” sources said. According to the agreement signed between Kumaratunga and the JVP, if the United Peoples Freedom Alliance did come to power, then the Mahaweli Ministry should be given to JVP. However, MS. Kumaratunga has gone back on her word, JVP officials claimed.

Meanwhile, Minister of Industries and Tourism Promotion Anura Bandaranaike, today morning pledged to solve the ongoing crisis faced by the Alliance government within the next 24 hours. He was addressing the media as soon as he assumed duties at his ministry.
Published: Mon Apr 19 12:09:32 EDT 2004 Back to the top

UNICEF calls for Sri Lanka’s rebels to end recruitment of child ..., April 19, 2004 12:00 PM EST. 19 April 2004 – Confirming the deaths of two child soldiers last week during fighting between two factions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on the rebel group to free its remaining Back to the top

Tamil party to discuss stalled Sri Lankan peace process with top Tamil Tiger rebel
Associated Press, Mon April 19, 2004 10:23 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A group of Tamil lawmakers will meet with a top Tamil Tiger rebel leader to discuss Sri Lanka - 's troubled peace process as squabbling within the new government threatens to derail efforts to end the island's civil war, officials said Monday... Back to the top

President discusses the plight of displaced in North and East
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 8.00 P.M Monday 19 April. President Chandrika Kumaratunga discussed the plight of the displaced people in the north and the east with the heads of UNHCR, ICRC, UNICEF, the UN Resident Co-coordinator in Sri Lanka today... Back to the top

Monks may stand for election as Sri Lankan parliamentary speaker, XINHUA
Associated Press, Mon April 19, 2004 14:11 EDT . - - COLOMBO, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Members of Sri Lanka - 's Buddhist clergy are to stand for election as the new speaker in the country 's 225-member parliament which is due to be convened on April 22... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rebels offer amnesty to breakaway faction, 19 April. Sri Lanka rebels offer amnesty to breakaway faction COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have offered an amnesty to woo back fighters of rebel leader who broke away last month, in a major shift for the fierce group known to brook no dissent... Back to the top

Lanka recalls ambassadors, April 18, 2004 . Sri Lanka has ordered the recall of its top envoys to 10 foreign capitals as part of a shakeup following the election of a new government... Back to the top

US Naval Ship In Colombo
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 12.25 P.M Monday 19 April. An American naval ship, the USS Cushing (DD-985) has arrived in Colombo... Back to the top

Zimbabwe fields 10 black players against Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Mon April 19, 2004 08:44 EDT . JOHN KELLEY - Associated Press Writer - BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe (AP) Zimbabwe faces Sri Lanka - in the first of five one-day cricket internationals on Tuesday with just three of the squad having proved themselves at the highest level... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Dubai s import of tea from Sri Lanka reaches 230 million AED, april 19. Abdul Rahman Ghanim Al-Mutaiwee, the Director General of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated that Dubai imported tea for 230 million AED from Sri Lanka in 2003, which is 28 per cent of Dubai's total tea imports... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

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... 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

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

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