22nd January 2016

President Sirisena Agrees To Negotiate With ‘Sinhala Racist’ To Avoid SLFP Split

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In an attempt to save the Sri Lanka Freedom Party from splitting into two, President Maithripala Sirisena gave his consent to have discussions with the ‘Joint Opposition’ leaders and resolve differences. In a meeting held at his residence late last evening, Sirisena and the SLFP Ministers, Deputy Ministers and State Ministers agreed that the differences should be resolved by discussions. This came after some acrimonious verbal attacks and counter attacks during the last few days between the SLFP group supporting Sirisena and some ‘Joint Opposition’ leaders, who support former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Several SLFP Sirisena camp stalwarts publicly accused several non-SLFP leaders of the ‘Joint Opposition’ of trying to split the party. At a recent press conference, Athauda Seneviratne accused Dinesh Gunawardena, Wimal Weerawansa and […]

TNA Refutes Wigneswaran’s Charge of Giving Up Right to Self Determination

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COLOMBO: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has refuted Northern Province Chief Minister C.V.Wigneswaran’s contention that it has reneged in its commitment to secure for the Tamils of Sri Lanka the right to self determination. Wigneswaran had told TNA members in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) earlier this week, that the TNA had pledged itself to securing for the Tamils self determination in its manifesto for the 2013 NPC elections, but it had not mentioned it in its manifesto for the August 2015 Lankan parliamentary elections. He was insinuating that the TNA’s leadership had struck a cozy relationship with the Sinhalese leaders in Colombo to the detriment of the Tamils. Refuting this contention at a meeting of members of the TNA in the Northern and Eastern […]

Government accused of rolling back on commitment in Geneva

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The International Truth and Justice Project is deeply concerned that Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena appears to be rolling back on his commitment in Geneva to include international involvement in a future judicial mechanism. In an interview with the BBC yesterday, the President reportedly stated, “I will never agree to international involvement in this matter”. This flies in the face of the recommendation of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that Sri Lankan establish “an ad hoc hybrid special court, integrating international judges, prosecutors, lawyers and investigators”. High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, who is due to visit Sri Lanka shortly, has been very clear about the “total failure of domestic mechanisms to conduct credible investigations” in Sri Lanka. “The High Commissioner is right: […]

Switzerland misleads, terminology counts: Prof Boyle

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[TamilNet, Thursday, 21 January 2016, 09:25 GMT] “The Swiss have no credibility whatsoever when it comes to Tamil Eelam and the Eelam Tamils. Under the circumstances of ongoing GOSL genocide, ‘terminology’ means everything if we want to survive,” responded Professor Francis Boyle to the current Switzerland involved ‘deliberations’ that have taken place in Jaffna earlier this week. “At the end of the day, the Swiss will sell us out to the GOSL once again,” Professor Boyle, who is an expert in International Law and who teaches at the University of Illinois College of Law, warned Eezham Tamils. He also noted the Swiss history of supporting Sri Lanka’s crimes, especially pointing out that the Swiss sponsored a UN resolution which “congratulated” Sri Lanka as the State […]

Exiled Tamil journalist invited by the NEW government is ARRESTED on return to Sri Lanka

22nd January 2016 // 0 Comments

Reports emerged on Wednesday night that an exiled Tamil journalist from the North-East had been arrested on arrival at Sri Lanka earlier during the day. The journalist, who reportedly returned after being invited by the new government, was arrested at Katunayake airport. It is not clear what the alleged offence is. He is expected to be produced before Negombo Magistrate Court on Thursday morning.

Sushma Swaraj here on Feb. 5

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Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka on February 5 for a two-day visit. She will attend the Sri Lanka-India Joint Commission in Colombo. The Indian Foreign Minister will meet President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera during her stay in the country.

13th Amendment back in the limelight in Sri Lanka

22nd January 2016 // 0 Comments

Even as Sri Lanka is preparing to come up with a new Constitution with devolution as one of the key issues, the 13{+t}{+h}Amendment, which created provincial councils in the country, is again in the limelight. While former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has argued that the proposed scheme of devolution should not exceed the terms of the amendment, with no to any merger of provinces and the transfer of land and police powers to provincial councils, Leader of House in Parliament Lakshman Kiriella has gone on record stating that the amendment is the basis for the resolution of the national question. The amendment was an outcome of an agreement reached between India and Sri Lanka in 1987. K. Vigneswaran, former secretary of the merged North-East province (which […]