US says Sri Lanka failed after war

The United States (US) says the opportunities that existed in 2009 to bring the country together were not seized and after 30 years of war, Sri Lanka struggled for five more years to achieve reconciliation. Tom Malinowski, US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor said that Sri Lanka has a chance now to achieve reconciliation, justice and true peace. In a statement issued while on a visit to Sri Lanka, Malinowski said that for 30 years, Sri Lanka experienced some of the evils that now bedevil other deeply troubled parts of the world –…

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Prabhakran is my Leader, but Modi is my Political Model, Says Sri Lankan Tamil MP

KILINOCHCHI: Successive Sri Lankan governments have dubbed Sivagnanam Sritharan, the outspoken Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP from Jaffna district, an LTTE agent. The fact that he is the brother-in-law of the dreaded LTTE military commander “Colonel” Theepan, only reinforced this view. Sritharan was also a bitter critic of India for its alleged indifference when thousands of Tamil civilians were killed in the last phase of Eelam War IV. But Sritharan has undergone a major political makeover, as Express discovered during an interview at his office in Kilinochchi.   “My Thalaivar (leader)…

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67 Years of Injustice, discrimination and prejudice that have spawned hate and violence for many decades in Sri Lanka on Tamils

 Sri Lanka promises it would remedy the root causes of injustice, discrimination and prejudice that have spawned hate and violence for last 67 Years on Tamils. Will it?. The Government today assured the European Union (EU) that it will remedy the root causes of injustice, discrimination and prejudice that have spawned hate and violence for many decades in Sri Lanka. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that the Government is deeply committed to make its vision of a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-lingual Sri Lanka based on the principles of equality, justice…

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Opposition for strong China ties

The Opposition has called for strong ties with China and warned the Government against attempting to derail the relationship between both countries. Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) leader Dinesh Gunawardena recalled a letter written to the United States by Singapore’s former Prime Minister, the late Lee Kuan Yew, where he had stated that it is better to have a good relationship with China than to try to preach to that country. Gunawardena noted that last November, China became the most powerful economy in the world, going ahead of the United States.…

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Ranil-Chandrika or Maithri- Mahinda-Sajith?

On his three day trip to the North Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, promised a political solution to the ethnic question, without which he said, there would be no stability. Meanwhile, according to an interview given to Ceylon Today, “Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan expressed confidence in the ability of the Special Presidential Commission headed by Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge (CBK) to find a suitable solution by the end of this year, to the issues confronting the Tamil people. ‘…When Kumaratunge became the President in 1994, she was…

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PM’s Ranil and 13A

By Sumanasiri Liyanage Much acclaimed three-day visit of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Jaffna and the Northern Province has, in my opinion, raised a substantial issue with regard to good governance. This happened immediately after the troika’s (President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike) visit to Jaffna to attend the ceremony to hand over 425 acres of land owned by the people in Kankesanturai, Myleddy and Palaly. Although this was, as I reiterated in this column, a much-delayed exercise, the new government should be commended…

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Govt. Lacks Credibility; We’ve No Reason To Believe In Sirisena’s Promises: Tamil Civil Society Forum

The Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) says the characterization of the last phase of the war by the President of the country as a “humanitarian operation” does not bode well with his Government’s promise of a credible inquiry. TCSL Co-Spokesman, Elil Rajan in a letter UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth has said; “We also would like to remind you that the Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka in his speech to the UNHRC on the 2nd of March said that only UN assistance will be sought and not involvement.…

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School children who have pieces of shrapnel embedded in their bodies as a result of getting caught to shellfire.

By Mirudhula Thambiah Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered Mullaitivu District Secretary Rupavathy Ketheeswaran to make arrangements to immediately provide medical assistance to school children who have pieces of shrapnel embedded in their bodies as a result of getting caught to shellfire. A civil representative had informed Prime Minister Wickremesinghe during a discussion at the Mullaitivu District Secretariat that more than 1,000 war-affected children have shrapnel embedded in their bodies. Soon after hearing the shocking news, Premier Wickremesinghe had ordered the District Secretary to collect the details regarding those children.…

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Drifting without a leadership?

Happenings around are unenviable: zany events unfold in rapid succession; voters are bewildered, skeptical, disoriented. Worse- democracy is not standing tall, as desired.  Corrupt practices remain alive and made sophisticated. Are we drifting aimlessly without a leadership? Loosing moorings is sailing towards a sunset unknown. Time is insufficient to ponder. Corruption is endemic and was deemed inevitable during the last regime;present government has made it conclusive.In Parliament, the UPFA holds a disturbed and divided majority. Girls, boys and the monks in saffron hold on to their legislative seats,feeling a shade…

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EU assures President over GSP

Expressing deep appreciation over the new government’s policies on improving human rights and strengthening democratic institutions, the European Union Ambassador to Sri Lanka David Daly said the EU is seriously re-evaluating Sri Lanka’s request to grant the GSP+ concession once again for Sri Lankan exports to EU and to lift the restrictions imposed on the export of fish products. Daly explained that the legal processes were slow as the EU has to go through a rigorous evaluation process before taking the final decision. However, he acknowledged that the strong political…

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