9th April 2015

Ranil-CBK in CLOSED DOOR MEETING

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has held a special discussion with former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga on Tuesday morning to work out a mechanism to resolve problems with regard to the proposed constitutional amendments. The discussion has been cordial and two leaders were on the same page about resolving problems on the 19th Amendment, highly placed political sources told the Daily News. “We, as the United National Party, have come up with the constitutional amendment. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party has the majority of seats in Parliament and it is up to the SLFP to produce the numbers. Then only we can proceed with the constitutional amendment,” a senior Parliamentarian of the UNP told the Daily News yesterday. “The discussion between the Prime Minister and the […]

UN to back 100-day programme

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“The UN system and UNDP in particular is pleased to continue to provide support to the 100 days programme, at the request of the Government,” UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Regional Director Haoliang Xu has said. The observation was made when Xu held discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mangala Samaraweera, on Thursday (9). During discussions Xu also thanked the Government of Sri Lanka for their continued support to the work of the UN Country Team in Sri Lanka. He also congratulated Sri Lanka on marking this year which is the 60th anniversary since it became a Member State of the UN, coinciding with the 70th year since the UN was founded and acknowledged the partnership with the Ministry in launching the 70/60 […]

How Sri Lanka Won the War

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How to win a civil war in a globalized world where insurgents skillfully exploit offshore resources? With most conflicts now being such wars, this is a question many governments are trying to answer. Few succeed, with one major exception being Sri Lanka where, after 25 years of civil war the government decisively defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and created a peace that appears lasting. This victory stands in stark contrast to the conflicts fought by well-funded Western forces in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade. How did Sri Lanka succeed against what many considered the most innovative and dangerous insurgency force in the world? Three main areas stand out. First, the strategic objective needs to be appropriate to the enemy being […]

Sri Lanka’s New Leader to Dissolve Parliament and Launch War Crimes Probe

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SC determines 19th Amendment consistent with Constitution 19A to be presented on April 20; Parliament dissolved after Maithripala Sirisena talks to TIME in a rare interview Sri Lanka’s new leader plans to dissolve the country’s Parliament in May, setting the island nation on course for general elections in late June or early July — around the same time that he plans to announce details of a probe into allegations of human rights abuses during Sri Lanka’s long civil war, he told TIME in a rare interview. Maithripala Sirisena hadearlier indicated that he would set up the probe within a month of a visit to the U.K. in March. But, speaking to TIME in his first interview with an English-language news organization since taking office in […]

Navin admits to mistake on 18-A

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The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Navin Dissanayake today admitted in Parliament that he had made a mistake in backing the 18th Amendment to the constitution. Dissanayake, who was a member of the Mahinda Rajapaksa administration before he extended support to Maithripala Sirisena at the last Presidential elections, said that he needs to absolve himself from the mistake he made. “I understand the mistake I made,” Dissanayake said when speaking on the proposed 19th Amendment to the constitution, in Parliament today. He urged members of the opposition to also realize the mistake they made and back the 19th Amendment to the constitution. The Minister said that the 18th Amendment to the constitution was a “dynastic amendment” to keep the Rajapaksa’s in power. (Colombo Gazette)