16th  June 2002, Volume 8, Issue 48
















Deadlock in peace process

While the peace process hit stormy waters following disagreements over the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Prime Minister Ranil 

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No peace talks in June

By Frederica Jansz

Peace talks between the government and the LTTE have been ruled out for June or early July following an impasse on the ceasefire agreement between the two parties.

The LTTE is insisting that the government must fully implement the provisions in the agreement before they sit together to negotiate.

The Tigers’ Chief Negotiator, Dr. Anton Balasingham, in a show of displeasure at the Norwegian facilitated peace initiative recently refused to meet with Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Vidar Helgessen in London until the Sri Lankan government strictly abides by the ceasefire agreement.

The government meanwhile has complained that the LTTE is continuing to conscript children into their fighting cadre.  The military in Jaffna have recorded the names of 89 

With the crime rate increasing islandwide even statues of murdered politicians are not spared. An unidentified gang last week severely damaged the statue of slain PA Ratnapura District MP, Nalanda Ellawela erected at Battaramulla as seen in this picture. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered a probe into the incident promising to take action against the culprits

Photo by Berty Mendis

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Horse deal of the bribery sleuth

ByFrederica Jansz

A special police investigation is to begin against an alleged fraud committed by former DIG, Logistics, Kingsley Wickremasuriya, who is at present a commissioner at the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery and Corruption.

The police probe will center around the multi million rupee purchase of 24 thoroughbred horses from Australia in 1989. At the time, Wickremasuriya was DIG logistics and travelled to Melbourne together with CI Welimuni Siripala Mendis Abeysekera, who was the officer in charge of the police mounted division.

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