for one-party rule in North & East
The LTTE wishes to keep Tamil political parties out of the proposed
interim administration for the Northern and Eastern provinces and
wants to appoint its own members. Such a move will enable the LTTE
to gain full control over the administration.
fired; Vishu takes over
LTTE's Batticaloa leader Karikalan has been replaced by Vishu, reports
The change was made by the LTTE leadership after Karikalan was summoned
to Kilinochchi following controversial comments he is reported to
going separate ways for May Day
Another split has appeared in the People's Alliance with two main
constituent parties deciding to hold their May Day rally in Colombo
while the main rally is in Haputale.
to hold talks with, Blair, Vajpayee and Jayalalithaa
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has planned to visit New Delhi
to meet Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in the first
week of June ahead of the Government-LTTE peace talks in Thailand,
The Sunday Times learns. The premier's decision to visit the Indian
leadership comes in the wake of mounting Indian concern over the
possibility of an LTTE-dominated interim administration in Sri Lanka's
north and east.
on LTTE will only be suspended
The government is unlikely to lift the proscription on the LTTE
in its entirety, but only suspend the ban for the duration of the
talks, authoritative sources told The Sunday Times yesterday. The
decision follows a series of discussions between Prime Minister
Ranil Wickremesinghe and Attorney General K.C. Kamalasabeyson on
the legal implication of lifting the ban.