Secretariat yesterday dismissed a claim by Prime Minister Ranil
Wickremasinghe that the dismissal of three non-cabinet ministers had
affected relief distribution work in the North-East and other matters
pertaining to the peace process.
The Prime Minister
yesterday wrote to the President alleging that the dismissal of three
non-cabinet ministers engaged in North-East affairs had an effect on the
provision of relief supplies and the peace process.
The three non-cabinet
ministers the Premier referred to were the Minister of Rehabilitation and
Resettlement, Minister of Wanni Affairs and the Minister of Hindu Religious
The Presidentís Office
in its media release says the dismissal of these three Ministers had no
impact on the peace process, but happened when the LTTE walked out from
direct negotiations in April 2003.
The Head of the SLMM,
Trond Furuhovde who met the President on Wednesday, February 11, said the
ceasefire is in place and is effective.
discusses CFA with new SLMM Head
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Date: February 13, 2004 -