US Backs Premier

Suspension of parliament, other actions possibly detrimental to peace, says State Department Spokesman on Wednesday.
U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli expressed concern that President Kumaratungas decision to sack three government ministers, suspend parliament, and deploy troops around the capital “could have a negative effect on the peace process and talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.”rn

rnSpeaking at a November 4 State Department briefing, Ereli urged President Kumaratunga and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is currently on a visit to Washington, to work together to bolster the peace process with the LTTE and to protect the Sri Lankas democratic institutions.rn

rn”Sri Lanka is a democratic country,” said Ereli, and “multi-party democracy involves, as the name implies, public officials of different parties working together for the common interest. And we would certainly hope that that spirit informs the decisions and actions of the countrys officials,” he sai