7th June 2015

London meeting should have remained an un-announced one: Sumanthiran in London

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The political meeting that is being held from last Thursday should have remained an un-announced meeting, said the TNA MP, M.A.Sumanthiran. It is not a meeting to discuss power devolution or war crimes investigation as reported in some media, he further said. Sumanthiran said this in an interview he gave to a Tamil TV service regarding the meeting that  is being held in London, and elaborated further by saying that this is a meeting regarding the solving of immediate problems faced by the Tamil people in North and East and deciding on a time frame to achieve that. He also said representatives of international community are participating in this meeting. The Tamil Diplomat  had published yesterday  a news item saying that, the Sri Lankan Minister […]

Pakistan to help Lanka to continue kill the Tamils.

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COAS was received by Lieutenant General AWJC De Silva, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army. Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has assured Sri Lanka that his country will always stand with Sri Lanka for greater security and prosperity. He also said at a reception hosted on Sunday in Colombo for him by the Quetta Alumni association, an effective body of a large group of Sri Lankan military students trained in Pakistan and relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is special, and defence and security cooperation has been central to this relationship. Pakistan helped Sri Lanka kill Tamils in thousands and played a key roll in killing more than 40,000 Tamil civilians in May 2009. They were the mayor suppliers of Armes and ammunition to Sri […]

UK talks not on UN report or political solution

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The participants at talks being held in the UK on Sri Lanka strongly denied reports it has anything to do with the UN human rights report on Sri Lanka or on a political solution to the National issue. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran are among those in London to have talks with the Tamil diaspora, including the Global Tamil Forum (GTF). Taking part in a discussion on a London based Tamil television station, Sumanthiran said the meeting was purely to discuss the immediate needs of the Tamils in the North and East. He also said that the participants will look at how best to address the immediate concerns of the Tamils in Sri Lanka, both before and after the upcoming […]

Sri Lankan Tamils in Britain take cue from Indian diaspora

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RELATED NEWS Sri Lanka seeks foreign help in corruption probe UK parliament discusses enhancing bilateral trade with Sri Lanka India, Sri Lanka fishermen problem needs bottoms-up solution: Envoy (With Sri Lanka recalls its envoy, a friend of India) India has positive balance of trade with US, Britain British Tamil forum seeks India’s help in Lanka Impressed by what India has done for its large diaspora, influential Sri Lankan Tamils have come together in Britain to seek from Colombo a “Ministry of Overseas Sri Lankans”. The newly formed Non-Resident Tamils of Sri Lanka (NRTSL) also wants special status for the children of those of Sri Lankan origin “similar to that granted to the overseas citizens of India”. The NRTSL is the latest Tamil grouping to be […]

Govt, Diaspora Talks In UK

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By Easwaran Rutnamg The Government was to have talks with the Tamil Diaspora in London over the weekend in an attempt to take the post war reconciliation process forward. Sources said that a Government Minister, who was visiting London, was to meet leading Diaspora groups while a Parliamentarian from the Tamil National Alliance was also to attend. Meanwhile, in response to a question posed by The Sunday Leader via email on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said the Government welcomes the meaningful participation of all diaspora groups and persons of Sri Lankan origin of all communities who live overseas to contribute to the reconciliation process as well as other processes that are underway in Sri Lanka. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne said the Government also welcomes […]

Ananthi Blames Kanimozhi

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Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Northern Provincial Council member Ananthi Saseetharan accused India’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party chief M. Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi Karunanidhi of failing to ensure the safety of her husband S. Elilan. Saseetharan said that Elilan had surrendered to the army during the final stages of the war after Kanimozhi Karunanidhi had assured him of his safety. “She told him to leave his arms and surrender saying her father who was the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister at the time, was working with the Indian Government on the surrender. So my husband surrendered and after that we have not heard from him or Kanimozhi,” she said. Karunanidhi has since lost the Chief Minister post to his arch rival AIDMK chief J. Jayalalithaa but Saseetharan […]

LTTE leader’s wife asks Karunanidhi to break silence on surrender issue

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Ananthy Sasistharan, wife of a senior functionary of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), on Saturday urged Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M. Karunanidhi and his daughter and MP, Kanimozhi, to break their silence on their role on the issue of surrender of LTTE members to the Sri Lankan security forces in May 2009.  In an interview with The Hindu , Ms. Sasitharan, now a member of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), claimed that “it was after his conversation with Ms. Kanimozhi in Mullivaikkal at about 8 p.m. on May 16, 2009, my husband chose to surrender himself to the forces. This is not the first time that I am saying this. So far, there has been no response from the other side.  It is time Karunanidhi Ayya […]

Meeting in London – ‘War Crimes’ : Domestic probe after talks with all?

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A final decision on an independent mechanism to address issues of missing persons and alleged violations of human rights and humanitarian law will be taken after discussions with all concerned, including civil society and victims, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. All international partners, including the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, appreciate that, for any mechanism to succeed, all those concerned must be consulted, said Mahishini Colonne, who also heads the Foreign Ministry’s UN Division. She said such mechanisms must be evolved through mindful and careful deliberation as opposed to being rushed. Last month, President Maithripala Sirisena told newspaper editors that a domestic mechanism would be set up by June as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) […]

Drugs came to North after end of LTTE in May 2009

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Drugs came to North after May 2009 – C.V. Wigneswaran By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Following are excerpts: ?: What is your take on the formation of a broader alliance of Tamil political parties – namely the Tamil Progressive Alliance – on Wednesday and their reasoning that the Tamil issue is not limited to the North and East. A: All minority parties must unite. This is because a conspiracy came to light at and after the time of Independence. The majority community, talking of a united country, was trying to undermine the other communities who came to be known as minority communities. In our case, we are the majority community in the North and East. We lived a separate life till 1833. We were never minorities […]

‘Local Mechanism’ to probe war crimes to begin this month? Unearthing of war crimes Who? How?, What?

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BY SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN The clock is ticking for the Maithri Government to keep to its promises, made to the UNHRC, especially on the implementation of the ‘Local Mechanism’ (LM). which the UN body is ‘waiting’ to see some detailed and vital steps that the GoSL has taken towards a credible LM which they undertook to implement with regard to the alleged war crimes issue. However, several parties, mainly the civil society and the Tamil politicians who are vital part in assisting in the probe are as yet ‘kept in the dark’ to this date on what the LM is all about. Although there is an understanding that the United Nation’s Technical input and the support of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) would […]

European Union  to restore GSP Plus facility before December – Govt.

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*Responds positively to Sri Lanka’s re-application *Removal of ban on fish exports also expected by Zacki Jabbar The government expects the European Union to restore the GSP Plus facility which was withdrawn in 2010 over the previous regimes failure to comply with international labour regulations and its poor human rights record before the end of this year. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera said in Colombo last week  that the EU had responded positively to Sri Lanka’s re-application for the GSP Plus facility and talks between the two sides were proceeding smoothly. “We expect the special GSP concessions to be restored before the end of this year,” he said. Govt begins discussions with EU on GSP Plus Retrieval of EU GSP seems brighter European Union to Restore GSP […]

I will self-immolate in Geneva – Anandi

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Northern provincial councilor Anandi Sasidharan has stated that if the current government does not make a proper response to the violence imposed upon her and her community she will set herself on fire in Geneva. She has made these comments speaking to the editor of ‘Lanka Guardian’, Nilantha Ilangamuwa in a special interview. Sasidharan is to attend the human rights session of the UN Human Rights Council, which is scheduled to be held this month and also the session to be held in future on Sri Lanka. Sasidharan is the wife of LTTE political leader of Trincomalee district, Elilan, during the period when LTTE operated in North. He disappeared after surrendering himself to the Army.  She said that it was respecting Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi’s request […]