7th March 2018

Govt. continues to ignore UK Wartime dispatches

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Nearly a decade after the successful conclusion of the war, Sri Lanka is still struggling to achieve national reconciliation. The previous Rajapaksa administration brought the violent conflict to an end on the morning of May 19, 2009 on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon,o n the Vanni east front, by militarily crushing the ‘world’s most ruthless terrorist organisation’. In spite of rhetoric, the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government has pathetically failed to accomplish a genuine rapprochement. Instead, the yahapalana leadership has allowed further deterioration of the situation by deliberately suppressing a comprehensive dialogue on wartime British High Commission dispatches that surely cleared, both previous political and military leaderships, of war crimes, as alleged by a section of the international community. In addition to British dispatches, […]

Govt. declares state of emergency

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President enacts state of emergency for seven days after  Cabinet meeting PM condemns violence in P’ment, says clashes triggered by political ideologies, offers compensation   One dead, clashes continue in Digana and outskirts with police struggling to contain violence  Hartal in Kalmunai and protests in Colombo as Muslim community calls for Govt. action    Ministers and MPs fly to Kandy to get first-hand account of ground situation, to visit affected areas Opposition slams Govt. for failing to stem spate of communal violence     By the Daily FT News Desk President Maithripala Sirisena declared a state of emergency yesterday for the first time since 2011 as the Government struggled to rein in violence in the Kandy District, after one person was killed when violent mobs attacked homes, businesses and places of religious worship in the Muslim […]

Govt. urged to set up remaining three accountability mechanisms

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By Shamindra Ferdinando Welcoming the establishment of the Office on Missing Persons (OMP), a civil society grouping, ‘Platform for Freedom’ which has campaigned for an internationally acceptable permanent mechanism to probe disappearances, yesterday urged the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government to establish three remaining mechanisms in accordance with Geneva Resolution without further delay. Secretary to the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms (CTF) Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu emphasized the pivotal importance of swift implementation of the Geneva pledges. Geneva sessions commenced on Feb 26 and will continue till March 26. Saravanamuttu, who is the founder Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), a member of the Foreign Policy Advisory Group and of the Board of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International and Strategic Studies said so addressing […]

US, UK, Aus. issue travel advisories on SL

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The United States, Britain and Australia had issued travel advisories regarding Sri Lanka, following the violence in the Kandy District and the declaration of State of Emergency for a period of one week. The US State Department advised US citizens to monitor local media updates as further incidents could occur in the next few days. “The Sri Lankan Government declared a State of Emergency and curfews have been imposed in some regions, including Kandy Administrative District, due to communal unrest. Further incidents possible over the next few days. Monitor local media for updates,” the US State Department tweeted. The UK Foreign Office advised British citizens to exercise caution, avoid protests and rallies and comply with local security requirements. “The Sri Lankan government announced a nationwide […]

The State of Emergency should have been imposed before says Mahinda

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Former President and MP Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday rejected the reports of Digana violence stemming from a political conspiracy and said the incident reflects the inaction of the UNP. “This is not a political conspiracy. It reflects the inaction of the UNP. They are not keen on resolving the matter and the government has deviated from its responsibilities. There is no one to turn to,” Mr. Rajapaksa responded to journalists outside his residence in Nugegoda yesterday. Party leaders of the Joint Opposition met a group of Islamic community leaders at Mr. Rajapaksa’s residence last evening. Speaking to media following the meeting, the former president said they discussed about the latest incidents and that immediate measures should be taken to prevent tense situation from aggravating. “We request […]