takes flight to Britain
President Chandrika Kumaratunga left for Britain un-announced last
night, shortly after releasing a taped broadcast to the nation.
President Kumaratunga has requested meetings with British leaders,
including Prime Minister Tony Blair, but according to reports from
London, Mr. Blair's office at Downing Street has yet to agree to
Secretary Jack Straw however is expected to meet the President.
While in Britain, President Kumaratunga will also take the opportunity
to attend the graduation ceremony of her daughter. Presidential
spokesman Harim Peiris said he was not in a position to comment
whether it was an official or private visit.
Minister Anura Bandaranaike, who is now in Vietnam is also expected
to join President Kumaratunga in Britain.