abroad for VVIPs
President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Ministers Anura Bandaranaike and
Mangala Samaraweera are out of the country during this festive season
on private visists while Lakshman Kadirgamar is abroad on an official
President left on Wednesday for Britain while Mr. Bandaranaike is
away in the United States and is not expected back till the second
week of January. Minsiter Samaraweera who was in Pakistan attending
a SAFTA meeting has gone to Casablanca, Morocco on a private visit.
The controversial former Deputy Minister Mervyn Silva is also in
Africa on a wildlife Safar.