June 2014

Wimal warns of Modi cannot be fooled as we did with Singh.

1st June 2014 // 0 Comments

Government Minister Wimal Weerawansa has warned that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi may pose a threat to Sri Lanka’s Government. But the Sri Lankan government is counting on Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister of India and anti Tamil Subramanium Swamy to help them fool PM Modi as they did with Manmohan singh. The Minister said that Modi and his new Government has pushed for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the constitution and will add pressure on the Sri Lankan Government on the promises made by President Rajapaksha to implement more than 13th amendment to than PM Manmohan Singh and Sonia Ganthi in 2009. In May 2009 India made the western leaders to trust the promises made by President Rajapaksha who promised to implement more than 13th amendment […]

TNA gathers public support for probe

1st June 2014 // 0 Comments

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has begun holding public meetings to gather support for the international investigation over alleged human rights abuses said to have been committed during the war. TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran said that meetings are being held in all the districts in order to explain to the Tamils the importance of the investigation which was authorized by the UN Human Rights Council in March. He said that the investigation is expected to begin in around two weeks time and the TNA wants to prepare the public to give evidence to the commission which will conduct the investigation, if required. The UN Human Rights Council had in March adopted a U.S. sponsored resolution which calls for an investigation into alleged war crimes committed between 2002 […]

Same 13A policy but different players – Modi resets the clock to 13A, (when) will it start ticking in Sri Lanka?

1st June 2014 // 0 Comments

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has been in politics long enough to know that after 1983, the internal and the external in Sri Lanka have become inextricable. If anyone is interfering in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs, it is because the Sri Lankan government has externalized its internal affairs. It will not be nice for India to say it, but any Sri Lankan politician with a head on his shoulders must know that India does not need Sri Lanka’s co-operation on anything but it is Sri Lanka who needs India’s co-operation to address its own internal as well as external affairs. The choice for the Sri Lankan government is to either co-operate with India on 13A to mitigate the West’s insistence on war crimes investigation, or […]

”No problem giving Police powers to the Tamils but problem in giving it to Sinhala Leaders” Senior Government Minister

1st June 2014 // 0 Comments

By Ruwan Laknath Jayakody  Senior Minister of Human Resources, D.E.W. Gunasekera said yesterday while he had no problem with the government deciding to give Police powers to the Northern Province, he felt giving the same powers to the other Provinces was not advisable due to the ill repute of politicians. Gunasekera added that the 13th Amendment should be implemented with Police powers given to a Central Police Commission and land given to the Land Commission through a land policy.  He opined there were unnecessary, imaginary fears on the part of the people, especially Tamils and Muslims, in that the ethnic balance in areas like Kilinochchi will become completely Sinhalese.  Gunasekera said “I have no problem with the Chief Ministers of the North and East being given Police powers. […]

Positive action called for on Sri Lanka’s national question

1st June 2014 // 0 Comments

India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi has clearly indicated that the 13th Amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution should be “optimally” implemented, according to Prof. Tissa Vitharana, Senior Minister for Scientific Affairs and chairman of the now-defunct All Party Representative Committee (APRC). Speaking at Thursday’s Sunday Times Business Club (STBC) discussion on the “Indian polls impact on Sri Lanka” at the Cinnamon Lakeside hotel, Prof. Vitharana added that Mr. Modi “wants the Tamil community to be given a solution to the national question which would accord with their sense of dignity and their satisfaction to work within one Sri Lanka”. “I would say that this is something that is very clear from what has transpired so far… And therefore it is up to us in […]

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