11th October 2016

Boycotting SAARC Summit Vs Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy

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by Ifham Nizam Renowned diplomats believe that Sri Lanka should remain committed to the sustenance and strengthening of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). They say the government’s decision to withdraw from the SAARC summit in Pakistan, against the backdrop of some tensions between India and Pakistan, will not go well for the country or the regional bloc. Some experts say the principle should be that the collective interests of the SAARC region should be always upheld. This principle should in no way be compromised. While in India last week, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had said that the failure of the regional grouping to deliver “acceptable results” for all members would spell a “bleak future” and compel his country to find other “viable […]

Swiss an excellent model for Sri Lanka: Sampanthan – VIDEO

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Reiterating the call for a solution based on federal structure, leader of the main Opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) R. Sampanthan said Switzerland “is an ideal model” for Sri Lanka to consider while making constitution. Visiting Speaker of the National Council of the Federal Assembly of Switzerland Christa Markwalder met the leader of the opposition at his office in parliament on Thursday. Speaking to reporters after meeting Markwalder, Sampanthan said that there were many lessons which Sri Lanka could learn from Switzerland in terms of power devolution and peaceful co-existence. “It’s an excellent model for Sri Lanka. So, we discussed particularly the constitution and the constitutional making process in Sri Lanka. There are many lessons for Sri Lanka to learn,” he said. “Switzerland is a […]

Tamil National Alliance fears law to replace anti-terror act may be old wine in a new bottle

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M.A.Sumanthiran COLOMBO: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the premier Tamil political group in Sri Lanka, fears that the proposed new law to replace the draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) may well be old wine in a new bottle with most of the controversial provisions being retained. “It may even be worse than the PTA going by the influence of the Security Establishment on government’s thinking on these matters,” TNA’s spokesman and MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, told Express on Sunday. “The Law Commission in its report to the government on replacing the PTA had apparently given suggestions which would have put the new law in line with international best practices. But I hear that the government consulted the Security Establishment and rejected the commission’s suggestions.” “When I raised this issue […]

Sinhalese are not reliable even if the government is an ally of the West

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Americans Don’t Like Sinhalese? by Gamini Weerakoon Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian cricket captain and TV commentator at a recent TV talk show was asked by an anchorwoman what he thought of the recent decision of the Indian Supreme Court to ban all politicians from the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India). Gavaskar, who apparently did not seem to go along with all the recommendations of the Supreme Court asked: Why ban only politicians in cricket? There are ministers in charge of ministries who are also totally ignorant about the subject. And added: There is only one group that knows all about everything: The media. The usually garrulous anchorwoman, who usually defends the media to the hilt, was at a loss for words. […]

A Tamil Diaspora Perspective on Sri Lanka

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Mr. Visuvanathan Rudrakumaran is Prime Minister of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE). He is based in New York City. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. Sri Lanka’s January 2015 presidential election resulted in Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ouster. Since Maithripala Sirisena assumed the presidency, has TGTE’s engagement with the Sri Lankan government changed? If so, how? As we stated in our press release following the 2015 election, the TGTE did not think that Mr. Sirisena’s ascent to the position of president of Sri Lanka would bring any change to the Tamils. We believe that it is the Sinhala-Buddhist chauvinist state structure that has served so cruelly to maintain the Tamil national crisis which has remained unresolved for all these decades. The election […]