defence cooperation with India
Sri Lanka and India have reached accord on greater defence co-operation
to ensure security in the Indian Ocean region, Chief of Defence
Staff and Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Lt. Gen. Lionel Balagalle
declared on Friday.
to represent President in Parliament
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will represent President
Chandrika Kumaratunga in Parliament during next week's committee
stage debates on the ministries of Defence, Interior and Mass
dissolution; CBK to JVP
President Chandrika Kumaratunga has ruled out an immediate
dissolution of parliament but indicated early provincial elections
ahead of any general election.
Her position has been conveyed to the JVP and her own MPs
wants defence - or polls
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday set a poser
to President Chandrika Kumaratunga -- return the defence portfolio
so he may continue the peace process with Tiger guerrillas
or pave the way for Parliamentary General Elections.
warns of danger to Anandasangaree's life
The Ministerial Security Division has warned TULF Leader V.
Anandasangaree of a possible LTTE threat to his life through
an employee at the TULF office working directly under the
rebel group's intelligence chief Pottu Amman.
Wanni security forces commander Susil Chandrapala being
wished by Vavuniya LTTE political wing leader Elilan
near the LTTE political wing office. Major General Susil
Chandrapala is assuming duties as Jaffna security forces