Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Extending heartfelt condolence to the families and friends of the victims and to all Sri Lankans over the killing of Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle and others, the Government of United States strongly condemned the terrorists' attack, in a media release issued by the Embassy of United States on April 7, 2008.
The United States denounced this vicious and reprehensible terrorist attack on civilians in the strongest possible terms, and added that its perpetrators have achieved nothing other than to cause further suffering among the people of Sri Lanka.
"The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on April 6 in Weliweriya, Gampaha District that claimed the life of Minister of Highways and Road Development and Chief Government Whip Jeyaraj Fernandopulle. Also killed in this heinous attack were National Athletic Coach Lakshman de Alwis, well- known marathon runner K.A. Karunaratne, and several other persons, while scores more were injured. Minister Fernandopulle was a friend and valued colleague for many Americans."
|Parliament sitting suspended again|
|Another uproar in parliament by the UNP MPs over the appointment of the Acting Secretary General of Parliament led to the parliament sitting being suspended for the second time today.|
|Appointment of Dhammika not unconstitutional - Speaker|
|The speaker suspended the parliament for 10 minutes today due to the disruption caused by UNP MPs coming to the well and protesting the appointment of Dhammika Kithulgoda as acting Secretary General of Parliament. The speaker also added that since the appointment was an acting appointment with a validity period of 14 days it's neither illegal nor unconstitutional.|
|My party has assassinated me - Wimal|
JVP parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa told parliament today that the party decision to expel him is similar to assassinating him from within the party itself. He also added that the party had decided to officially announce the move after the conclusion of the Eastern Polls.