11th March 2015

Meaningful engagement with OISL central to UK support for Sri Lanka – UK Prime Minister

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Prime Minister David Cameron told President Maithripala Sirisena that meaningful engagement with the OHCHR Investigation in Sri Lanka is central to continued support from the UK, at the first meeting between the two leaders in London earlier today. A Downing Street spokesperson said they discussed President Sirisena’s “clear plans to build lasting reconciliation across Sri Lanka, both through supporting the ongoing UN investigation and by establishing an internal mechanism to address issues from Sri Lanka’s past”. Mr Sirisena informed the prime minister of measures the government had already commenced in the first two months, “including rebuilding confidence in the judicial system by restoring its independence, identifying land to return to the Tamils in the North of the island and replacing military provincial governors with civilian […]

Devananda says Tamils yet to experience change

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By Mirudhula Thambiah Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) General Secretary, Parliamentarian Douglas Devananda, said the Tamil people are yet to experience the actual change in politics as the Tamil representatives in the National Executive Council (NEC) have failed to solve their issues so far. “Those who said the problems of Tamil people will be solved through the NEC are just representing as members. They are representing the Tamils but have failed to address the issues. We condemn this move of the Tamil representatives in the NEC,” he said. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) representatives should keep the Tamil people informed of what is discussed at the NEC regarding their political problem and what is yet to be achieved, he said. “TNA has betrayed the Tamil […]

‘No Fire Zone’ movie in Sinhala

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Channel 4 film director Callum Macrae who exposed Sri Lanka’s alleged war crimes and took the famous picture of LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran’s son eating a snack just before he was shot dead will release a new Sinhala version of his award winning documentary “No Fire Zone” in the premises of the House of Commons possibly souring Britain’s relation with Sri Lanka. According to the Times of India, The launch will be attended by director Callum Macrae and will have the presence of British MPs—Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh, Conservative MP Lee Scott and others from parliament. The documentary was nominated for the prestigious Emmy award. India refused the film a censorship certificate, explaining in part that it might “strain friendly relations with Sri Lanka.” India […]

“I will never forget the faces of those I met in Jaffna over a year ago”-British Premier David Cameron

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By David Cameron (This Op-ed piece by British Prime Minister David Cameron was written exclusively for the Daily mirror About his scheduled meeting with visiting President Maithripala Sirisena in London) Ever since my visit to Sri Lanka in 2013 I have been determined to help address the issues of Sri Lanka’s past and put the country on the path to a brighter, peaceful and prosperous future. Since my visit, a UN led investigation into alleged war crimes by all sides in the conflict has got underway. And the people of Sri Lanka have elected a new President who has made clear that he is fully committed to reconciliation and reform. The new Sri Lankan government has a real opportunity to unlock Sri Lanka’s enormous potential through […]