24th November 2002, Volume 9, Issue 19

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Pot boilers and peace

By Suranimala

While the People's Alliance statement critical of the peace process backfired on the party big time last week, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe moved to consolidate his international support base by taking the moral high ground he would continue to traverse the path of peace despite all obstacles.

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• Calls on LTTE to accept Sri Lanka’s sovereignty

PA statement ‘harsh’ says US

The US Ambassador in Colombo, Ashley Wills expressed his surprise at the tone of the People’s Alliance (PA) statement on the peace process issued last week, describing it as “a bit harsh.”

Responding to queries raised by The Sunday Leader on the statement read out by the President’s International Affairs Advisor, Lakshman Kadirgamar where criticism was also levelled against Norway and the US, Ambassador Wills said the US takes issue with the charges made against Norway, stating that the role of the facilitator was important, transparent and nobly motivated.

Ambassador Wills also called on the LTTE to respect human rights, accept Sri Lankan government’s sovereignty fully, including the islandwide application of the nation’s constitution and its law enforcement systems.


A group of monks led by Ven. Madihe Pannaseeha Maha Thero held a protest in front of parliament on Friday (22) protesting against the issue of new beer licenses. However, one small monk got the message totally wrong. The placard held by the samanera read, “relief to beer, death to young us.” But those who join monkhood are supposed to shun all forms of alcohol, soft orotherwise .

Photo by Padmasiri Gamage

 

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Spotlight

A question of integrity

By Frederica Jansz

The tenure of the United National Front (UNF) government these last 11 months though dotted with a few successful forays has also been riddled with controversy and misjudgment. Chief amongst the latter, is this government's apparent subjugation to former Foreign Minister, Lakshmanathan Kadirgamar.

The government believed misguidedly that by showering attention on Kadirgamar and keeping him happy with all the perks of high ministerial office despite being an ordinary MP, he would persuade President Chandrika Kumaratunga  to be more accommodative towards the government's peace initiative.

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