London meeting should have remained an un-announced one: Sumanthiran in London

The political meeting that is being held from last Thursday should have remained an un-announced meeting, said the TNA MP, M.A.Sumanthiran. It is not a meeting to discuss power devolution or war crimes investigation as reported in some media, he further said. Sumanthiran said this in an interview he gave to a Tamil TV service regarding the meeting that  is being held in London, and elaborated further by saying that this is a meeting regarding the solving of immediate problems faced by the Tamil people in North and East and…

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Pakistan to help Lanka to continue kill the Tamils.

COAS was received by Lieutenant General AWJC De Silva, Commander of the Sri Lanka Army. Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has assured Sri Lanka that his country will always stand with Sri Lanka for greater security and prosperity. He also said at a reception hosted on Sunday in Colombo for him by the Quetta Alumni association, an effective body of a large group of Sri Lankan military students trained in Pakistan and relationship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is special, and defence and security cooperation has been central to this…

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UK talks not on UN report or political solution

The participants at talks being held in the UK on Sri Lanka strongly denied reports it has anything to do with the UN human rights report on Sri Lanka or on a political solution to the National issue. Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran are among those in London to have talks with the Tamil diaspora, including the Global Tamil Forum (GTF). Taking part in a discussion on a London based Tamil television station, Sumanthiran said the meeting was purely to discuss the immediate needs of…

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Sri Lankan Tamils in Britain take cue from Indian diaspora

RELATED NEWS Sri Lanka seeks foreign help in corruption probe UK parliament discusses enhancing bilateral trade with Sri Lanka India, Sri Lanka fishermen problem needs bottoms-up solution: Envoy (With Sri Lanka recalls its envoy, a friend of India) India has positive balance of trade with US, Britain British Tamil forum seeks India’s help in Lanka Impressed by what India has done for its large diaspora, influential Sri Lankan Tamils have come together in Britain to seek from Colombo a “Ministry of Overseas Sri Lankans”. The newly formed Non-Resident Tamils of…

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Govt, Diaspora Talks In UK

By Easwaran Rutnamg The Government was to have talks with the Tamil Diaspora in London over the weekend in an attempt to take the post war reconciliation process forward. Sources said that a Government Minister, who was visiting London, was to meet leading Diaspora groups while a Parliamentarian from the Tamil National Alliance was also to attend. Meanwhile, in response to a question posed by The Sunday Leader via email on Thursday, the Foreign Ministry said the Government welcomes the meaningful participation of all diaspora groups and persons of Sri…

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Ananthi Blames Kanimozhi

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Northern Provincial Council member Ananthi Saseetharan accused India’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party chief M. Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi Karunanidhi of failing to ensure the safety of her husband S. Elilan. Saseetharan said that Elilan had surrendered to the army during the final stages of the war after Kanimozhi Karunanidhi had assured him of his safety. “She told him to leave his arms and surrender saying her father who was the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister at the time, was working with the Indian Government on the surrender.…

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LTTE leader’s wife asks Karunanidhi to break silence on surrender issue

Ananthy Sasistharan, wife of a senior functionary of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), on Saturday urged Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M. Karunanidhi and his daughter and MP, Kanimozhi, to break their silence on their role on the issue of surrender of LTTE members to the Sri Lankan security forces in May 2009.  In an interview with The Hindu , Ms. Sasitharan, now a member of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), claimed that “it was after his conversation with Ms. Kanimozhi in Mullivaikkal at about 8 p.m. on May 16, 2009, my…

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Meeting in London – ‘War Crimes’ : Domestic probe after talks with all?

A final decision on an independent mechanism to address issues of missing persons and alleged violations of human rights and humanitarian law will be taken after discussions with all concerned, including civil society and victims, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. All international partners, including the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, appreciate that, for any mechanism to succeed, all those concerned must be consulted, said Mahishini Colonne, who also heads the Foreign Ministry’s UN Division. She said such mechanisms must be evolved through mindful and careful…

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Drugs came to North after end of LTTE in May 2009

Drugs came to North after May 2009 – C.V. Wigneswaran By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan Following are excerpts: ?: What is your take on the formation of a broader alliance of Tamil political parties – namely the Tamil Progressive Alliance – on Wednesday and their reasoning that the Tamil issue is not limited to the North and East. A: All minority parties must unite. This is because a conspiracy came to light at and after the time of Independence. The majority community, talking of a united country, was trying to undermine…

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‘Local Mechanism’ to probe war crimes to begin this month? Unearthing of war crimes Who? How?, What?

BY SULOCHANA RAMIAH MOHAN The clock is ticking for the Maithri Government to keep to its promises, made to the UNHRC, especially on the implementation of the ‘Local Mechanism’ (LM). which the UN body is ‘waiting’ to see some detailed and vital steps that the GoSL has taken towards a credible LM which they undertook to implement with regard to the alleged war crimes issue. However, several parties, mainly the civil society and the Tamil politicians who are vital part in assisting in the probe are as yet ‘kept in the…

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European Union  to restore GSP Plus facility before December – Govt.

*Responds positively to Sri Lanka’s re-application *Removal of ban on fish exports also expected by Zacki Jabbar The government expects the European Union to restore the GSP Plus facility which was withdrawn in 2010 over the previous regimes failure to comply with international labour regulations and its poor human rights record before the end of this year. Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P. Perera said in Colombo last week  that the EU had responded positively to Sri Lanka’s re-application for the GSP Plus facility and talks between the two sides were proceeding smoothly. “We…

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I will self-immolate in Geneva – Anandi

Northern provincial councilor Anandi Sasidharan has stated that if the current government does not make a proper response to the violence imposed upon her and her community she will set herself on fire in Geneva. She has made these comments speaking to the editor of ‘Lanka Guardian’, Nilantha Ilangamuwa in a special interview. Sasidharan is to attend the human rights session of the UN Human Rights Council, which is scheduled to be held this month and also the session to be held in future on Sri Lanka. Sasidharan is the…

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