30th November,  2003, Volume 10, Issue 20


















A case of political gridlock

 Inside Politics 

By Suranimala

While President Chandrika Kumaratunga was pushing the government last week for a compromise formula to break the political deadlock caused by her takeover of three ministries that led to the peace process being stalled, the JVP was equally pressurising the Peopleís Alliance to forge an alliance immediately and go for elections.

Ever since the President took her precipitous action, she has been subject to tremendous international pressure not to undermine the peace process and the reality dawned, a government under her in the current circumstances would be reduced to international pariah status making governance impossible.



This is not External Relations Commissioner, European Union, Chris Patten waiting to see President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Given that he was kept waiting by the President for 30 minutes one would think Patten was reduced to rock bottom. On this occasion however, he decides to take a Ďseatí on the steps of the International Relations Institute in Colombo pondering the state of affairs in the country                                                   Photo by Ashoka Peiris

CBK ó Ranil talks end in failure

Talks between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe conducted through a four member officials committee to break the political deadlock following the President's take over of three ministries have crashed.

The officials committee comprise Presidentís Secretary, W. J. S. Karunaratne, Senior Advisor, Mano Tittawela, Prime Ministerís Secretary, Bradman Weerakoon and UNP Chairman, Malik Samarawickrema.

The government last night decided to reject a set of proposals forwarded by the President as a basis of settlement charging Kumaratunga had reneged on an earlier set of proposals agreed to by the committee in consultation with both the President and Prime Minister which was to be finalised on Friday, November 28.

The proposals agreed to after three rounds of talks on Monday, it is learnt, were  minuted and only the details were to be worked out but at Friday's meeting a new set of proposals were forwarded and released to the media  by the President taking the government completely by surprise.

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Thilangaís day of reckoning

By Frederica Jansz

Even as the Attorney Generalís Department on Thursday sent out a directive to arrest President, Sri Lanka Cricket and Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom, Thilanga Sumathipala more damning evidence surfaced further incriminating Sumathipala and his connections with an underworld killer.

Last week, police sleuths unearthed the passenger manifest which proves the underworld leader Dhammika Amarasinghe using a forged passport bearing the name of one Priyashantha travelled to the UK in May 1999 and returned on June 2, that year. Furthermore, it has been established that the air ticket to the underworld killer was issued by George Stuarts Travels.

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