European MPs say disappointed with Sri Lanka reform promises

ECONOMYNEXT – A visiting European Parliament delegation said they were pleased Sri Lanka had begun to benefit from the GSP+ scheme but were disappointed the government had not kept some of the promises given to win duty free access to European Union markets. Members of the European Parliament Jean Lambert said the delegation was disappointed that some of the legal changes promised, like replacing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with a law in keeping with international law, had not been made. The EU parliamentarians were also disappointed not enough…

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”Manipulation King” Mahinda accuses Maithiri of Manipulating

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that ‘manipulation’ by the government is glaringly obvious in the whole process of formulating a new Constitution and that the Joint Opposition is being provided with scarce opportunities to voice their opinions. Delivering a speech during the debate on the Interim Report of the Steering Committee at the Constitutional Assembly in Parliament today (2), he charged that the views expressed by their MPs in the various sub-committees were dropped when the reports were published. “Look at the manner in which the debate on this interim…

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Mahinda Rajapaksa, Give Peace A Chance !

An Appeal to Honourable MP Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, Give peace a chance and help people live with dignity and respect. Few years ago in the midst of the war I have made an appeal to you on behalf of tamil Diaspora to have courage and vision to move the country forward. I have humbly requested you to do the right things to unite the people by making them all feel they are proud Sri Lankan citizens. For some reason by the end of war you choose the wrong path, very wrong…

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Sinhalese Won’t Give Anything, We Must Try To Obtain Our Rights Under International Laws: Wigneswaran

Last few weeks the Chief Minister of the Northern Province has been answering in a serial, one question every week in Tamil for the press. Without answering perfunctorily he explores the background of the question and gives detailed reply. The latest in this series is as follows – (This is a translation to English) – Wigneswaran Question – You have been discussing many matters recently with the political and religious  leadership of the Sinhalese. Sometimes your views seem to have angered these leaders. The Tamil leadership is worried whether your utterances…

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