dumping case fixed
The case against three LTTE cadres who were arrested within the
high security zone of the Trincomalee harbour after they had allegedly
dumped in the sea the military hardware they had been carrying,
has been fixed for March 31.
that investigations into the three LTTE cadres were still continuing.
The three cadres arrested over the last weekend were released on
bail on Monday by Trincomalee District Judge Anton Balasingham.
that the Navy men who arrested the three cadres had said that the
cadres had failed to obey their orders and had thrown some of the
items from their trawler into the sea. Police said that during investigations
it had been revealed that they had been carrying military hardware.
US-Lanka trade talks on Tuesday
The second meeting of the Joint Council established under the Trade
and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) will be held in Washington
on Tuesday. The Sri Lanka delegation for the talks will be co-chaired
by Minsiters G.L.Peiris, and Ravi Karunanayake, while US Deputy
Trade Representative Jon Hunstman will lead the US delegation.
Ambassador to the US Devinda R. Subasinghe said the meeting would
review the progress made in the recently-concluded peace talks as
well as the status of trade and investment relations between Sri
Lanka and the US and explore proposals for increased trade and foreign
the two countries currently stands at about 2.5 billion dollars
and heavily favours Sri Lanka.
black page in world history, says Iraq envoy
By Chris Kamalendran
Wajdi A.M.Abbas, Charge 'd' Affaires of the Iraqi Embassy in Colombo
has been a busy man since Thursday after his country came under
attack by US led forces.
With his Television tuned into CNN, the Iraqi envoy has been busy
keeping in touch with officials and relatives in Iraq for information
of the latest developments back home.
With just three
hours of sleep Mr. Abbas was back at his desk on Friday morning.
"March 20 is a black page in world history,” the Ambassador
said keeping his eyes glued to the CNN coverage. He regretted that
he was unable to access the independent Arab satellite Network Al-Jazeera.
I am watching is biased. They are only giving one side of the story.
But I am also getting information on the telephone as well,"
he said. "It is not only Iraq that will be affected by the
war, but the whole world will face the impact. There will be mass
displacements, recession, and unrest," he lamented.
a family of six sisters and four brothers Mr. Abbas said he was
concerned about his other family members as well as the citizens
of his country.
He says that Sri Lanka could be seriously affected by the war as
Iraq is one of the largest buyers of its tea. He said nearly 800,000
kilograms of tea to be shipped from Colombo to Iraq had been held
up and that there could be a further repercussions in the coming
than 1.5 million Sri Lankans are employed in the Gulf region and
the war will affect almost all of them," he warned. Sounding
an ominous note, Mr. Abbas said he did not see a quick end to the
war and believed that intense fighting would breakout when allied
troops reached the populated areas.
the war would go on for about six months. He said he believed the
Iraqis would teach the American-led troops a 'good lesson' and said
that tens of thousands of his countrymen were willing to sacrifice
evening Mr. Abbas was busy briefing officials in his country about
the statement issued by the Foreign Ministry in Colombo where concern
had been expressed over the UN's inability to avert war. The Embassy
manned by about 10 staff members had no additional guards, except
for the lone policeman who was on his routine shift.