2nd August 2017

After Three Decades: Provincial Councils and ownership

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By Jayasri Priyalal On the 25th July 2017, Sri Lanka marked the 30th anniversary of the infamous Indo-Lanka accord which paved the way for setting up provincial councils in Sri Lanka. Although there was no legitimate request then, from any citizen either in Northern or Southern Sri Lanka, policy makers believed in the devolution model imposed under the accord, as a solution to the racial dis-harmony that prevailed in the country. The irony is, the Provincial Councils do not have the authority to impose taxes, yet they are free to spend the money provided by the government. Hence non-of the politicians demonstrate ownership to their political constituencies; as they are not accountable neither to the tax payer nor to the electorate. Yet, the government appoints […]

UK welcomes return of lands by armed forces

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In the course of his comments the High Commissioner spoke about the importance of post-conflict reconciliation, drawing on the UK’s own experience in Northern Ireland. He commented that truth and accountability work in both the national interest and the armed forces’ self-interest, were necessities for modern militaries. High Commissioner Dauris explained that a process of truth and accountability advanced reconciliation and prosperity – “this is in the wider national interest. It builds confidence and trust between communities, and between the armed forces and the communities it is the responsibility of our servicemen and women to protect”. “And among many reasons why it is in the military’s self interest,” he suggested that “it enhanced credibility and self-esteem, strengthened morale and wins respect.” He also talked to […]

Who is the President of the SLFP; Mahinda or Maithripala?

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Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has no two Presidents and President of the SLFP is President Maithripala Sirisena says its General Secretary, Agriculture Minister, Duminda Dissanayake. The Minister made this statement by pointing out that the Sri Lanka Freedom Party had responded to a statement made by former President Mahinda Rajapakse for the presidency of the party. Media reported that former President Mahinda Rajapakse has stated that he has no resignation or withdrawal from the post of SLFP President. He is yet to be the Chairman of the SLFP and stated that he could convene a party convention as well. Meanwhile, who has mistakenly read the report published by the media that the Duminda Dissanayake minister had made the statement made by the former President […]

Sampanthan says effective substantial devolution a must

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The historic Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord that mooted a permanent solution to the decades-long-ethnic conflict in the island nation was signed on July 29, thirty years ago. Veteran Tamil leader and Leader of Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament R. Sampanthan recalls how the then Government and TULF, the main Tamil party, had marathon negotiations for 20 days during 1986 that brought about the 13th Amendment of Constitution. “The Tamils’ struggle for self rule had been in the political arena shortly after Independence. When the accord was signed in 1987, it was almost 40 years. The accord itself was preceded by various rounds of negotiations between the Sri Lankan Government and Tamil side under the auspices of the Indian Government after the riots that took […]

Sri Lanka ink a deal with China on the 30th anniversary of Indo-Lanka Accord

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BY GAGANI WEERAKOON On 29 July 1987, Sri Lankan President J.R. Jayewardene and Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi sat together at old Parliament building (now Presidential Secretariat) facing Galle Face Green to ink the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord with the objective of resolving the Sri Lankan War by enabling the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka and the Provincial Councils Act of 1987. The unspoken objective at the time however, was keeping America away from gaining a foothold in Sri Lanka. Those who were involved in active politics and well-versed in political history say when J.R. Jayewardene asked J.N. Dixit (Indian envoy in Colombo at the time) to be specific about India’s concern, J.N.Dixit said that Sri Lanka should assure India reduction and Mphasing […]

Official list of 84 detainees under PTA

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By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Ceylon Today has a report in which a section headlined ‘Pending Trials and Cases under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) / Emergency Regulations’ – gives the names of 84 persons held in remand custody and listed in cases filed in High Courts as at 12 July 2017. The document also reveals the names of 12 persons held in custody as at 20 July 2017 pending advice of legal action by the Attorney General. The list claims they are Tamils from the North and East and several others who had been taken into custody on suspicion of having committed terrorism related offences. The charges include offences such as conspiracy and aiding and abetting in carrying out explosions in passenger buses, shooting […]

Watch: TNA’s Sampanthan on permanent solution to Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict

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The historic Indo-Sri Lanka Peace Accord that mooted a permanent solution to the decades-long-ethnic conflict in the island nation was signed on July 29, thirty years ago. Veteran Tamil leader and Leader of Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament R. Sampanthan recalls how the then government and TULF, the main Tamil party, had marathon negotiations for 20 days during 1986 that brought about the 13th Amendment of Constitution. “The Tamils’ struggle for self rule had been in the political arena shortly after Independence. When the accord was signed in 1987, it was almost 40 years. The accord itself was preceded by various rounds of negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil side under the auspices of the Indian government after the riots that took […]

India – Sri Lanka Peace Accord and 30 years of Indian Diplomacy in Sri Lanka

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The Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) is hosting series of symposia on this topic NEW DELHI , INDIA, July 30, 2017 /EINPresswire.com/ — Today marks 30 years since the signing of the Indo – Sri Lanka Peace Accord on 29th of July 1987 in the name of resolving the national conflict in Sri Lanka between Sinhala and Tamil people. It is timely that the Eelam Tamil nation makes a pause at this moment to look back on the impact of this event on the Tamil national struggle, but also on the losses and destruction which accompanied it. The Indo – Sri Lanka Accord in real terms had the geopolitical interests of India at heart as demonstrated by the annexure to the accord. After 30 […]