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MAY 10, 2004 EST, USA
 
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VOL. 5, NO. 35

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FM Says Access and Cross Service Agreement will not be discussed
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, WT 3.40 P.M Monday 10 May. By Bandula Jayasekara Washington -Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar said in Washington that Access and Cross Service Agreement to allow US warships and aircrafts to use Sri Lankan bases for refueling will not be discussed with the United States during his visit here. Referring to media reports which said that he was going to discuss the agreement here in Washington, the minister told The Island “There is no question about it. It will not be discussed.” When The Island questioned Sri Lankas Ambassador to the US, Devinda Subasinghe on the matter, Subasinghe said “No. it is not on the agenda. It was not discussed since 2002.”

On Sunday Foreign Minister Kadiragamar spoke to Senator George Mitchell, who was responsible for the Good Friday agreement and invited him to visit Sri Lanka to share his experience in Sri Lanka. Senator Mitchell had agreed to visit the country in July/August. Today, the Foreign Minister visited the US Coast Guard Cutter gifted during the previous government and inspected the cutter. Ambassador Devinda Subasinghe and Brigadier Rohan Jayasinghe, Defence and Military, Naval and Air Attaché were also present at the occasion. Foreign Minister will also meet with Ambassador Ashley Wills, Assistant US Trade Representative later in the evening after meeting with the Sri Lankan embassy officials at the embassy in Washington.
Published: Mon May 10 15:40:40 EDT 2004


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Maithripala Sirisena is Leader of the House
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, May 10, 2004, 10.29 p.m.. Minister of River Basin Development and General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, Maithripala Sirisena was appointed today as the leader of the house of the 13th Parliament. Mr. Sirisena is scheduled to assume duties at his Parliamentary office tomorrow.

Mr. Maithreepala Sirisena is reported to have polled the highest number of preferential votes at the April 2, General Election. Meanwhile, President Chandrika Kumaratunga today appointed Dharmasiri Wijesinghe, a senior civil servant, as the Secretary to the Cabinet. President Chandrika Kumaratunga made the appointment in terms of the powers vested in the President by Article 51 of the Constitution.
Published: Mon May 10 12:31:12 EDT 2004 Back to the top


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Cease-fire monitors: Sri Lanka 's truce, peace process threatened by killings
Associated Press, Mon May 10, 2004 08:39 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) European cease-fire monitors on Monday warned that the recent killings in Sri Lanka - of at least nine Tamil Tiger rebels and one army soldier posed a serious threat to a fragile truce and efforts to end the island's 19-year ethnic war. The Tigers said at least nine rebels have been killed by the military in the past two weeks, and warned of ``dire consequences'' if such assaults continue. On Sunday, suspected rebels shot and killed a soldier in eastern Sri Lanka - , in an apparent retaliatory attack.

The military has denied involvement in the rebel assaults.

``I find these killings to be disgusting atrocities,'' Trond Furuhovde, the chief of the cease-fire monitors said in the statement.

He urged the Sri Lankan government and the Tigers, ``to unite their efforts to identify and apprehend the perpetrators, and implement measures to prevent such infamy acts to happen again.''

Norway helped the Sri Lankan government and the rebels reach a cease-fire agreement, which was signed in February 2002. The truce has held despite a deadlock in peace talks that the government is desperately trying to revive.

The killings have overshadowed a visit by Norway's Foreign Minister Jan Petersen who arrived in the island earlier Monday hoping to kick-start the stalled peace process.

Monday's visit is the first for Petersen since President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party won parliamentary elections last month that ousted her rival, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Kumaratunga had accused Wickremesinghe of conceding too much to the rebels in his effort to end the civil war and risking national security. She also had accused Norwegian peace negotiators of favoring the rebels.

However, since the polls, Kumaratunga has softened her stance and invited Norway to resume mediation.

The rebels began their violent campaign in 1983 to create a separate state for minority Tamils. About 65,000 people were killed in the fighting before the cease-fire.
Published: Mon May 10 10:41:25 EDT 2004 Back to the top

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Thousands of families in need of food aid as drought in Sri Lanka sharply reduces rice crops, U.N. agencies say
Associated Press, Mon May 10, 2004 11:02 EDT . - - ROME (AP) More than 67,000 families in north-central Sri Lanka - need food aid because of a drought that has sharply reduced rice paddy production, two U... Back to the top

Representatives of 16 nations eligible for new U.S. foreign aid program visit White House
Associated Press, Mon May 10, 2004 11:59 EDT . - - The 16 countries are Armenia, Benin, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Georgia, Ghana, Honduras, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Senegal, Sri Lanka - and Vanuatu... Back to the top

Ranil planning to reform party
Gulf News, May 10. Colombo: Opposition United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickramasinghe under pressure to reform the defeated party will announce a set of organisational changes tomorrow in a move to regroup in time for the forthcoming provincial elections... Back to the top

Sri Lanka navy arrests 36 Tamil refugees returning from India
Associated Press, Mon May 10, 2004 00:31 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's navy arrested 36 Tamil refugees for allegedly attempting to return home illegally from neighboring India, where they had fled during the island's two-decade civil war, the Defense Ministry said Monday... Back to the top

Kadiragamar to Meet with Top US Officials including Collin Powell and Rice
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 4.00 P.M Sunday 9 May. By Bandula Jayasekara in Washington -Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadiragamar will meet with all the top officials of the Bush administration and also with top Democrats during his four day official visit to Washington which begins tomorrow... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s Ruling Alliance Recognizes Tamil Tigers, BBC Says
bloomberg.com, May 10. (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance recognized the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as the sole representative of the Tamil minority in peace talks, the British Broadcasting Corp... Back to the top

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