Gotabaya Govt is Bracing Itself to Lock Horns with the US and Europe Hoping to get Help from China

By P.K.Balachandran The core of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s foreign policy is standing up for Sri Lanka’s sovereign rights. But his cast-iron nationalism is not mindlessly jingoistic or confrontational, disregarding geo-political and economic realities. Gotabaya’s first international move was to reach out to India, which had been unhappy with elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Presidency between 2010 and 2014 for its economic and geo-strategic tilt towards India’s Asian rival, China. The Rajapaksa brothers suspected that India had been part of an international conspiracy to bring about a regime change in 2015 by…

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Eran Wickramaratne MP Lambastes Govt Over CID Witchhunt Against Ex-CID Director Shani Abeysekara, “New York Times” Journalist Dharisha Bastians and Former Lake House Chairman Krishantha Cooray By Trying to Implicate Them Falsely in Swiss Employee Fictitious Abduction Case

By Chandani Kirinde UNP MP Eran Wickramaratne has accused the Government of engaging in a witch hunt against professionals – including lawyers, journalists and Police officers – and expressed fears that judicial officials standing up for what is right could be next in line. Speaking during the debate on the Airbus bribery scandal in Parliament on Thursday (20 February), Wickramaratne also expressed dismay at the lack of support from the peers of those who are being unfairly targeted by the Government for doing their job. “We passed the 19th Amendment…

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UNP and Sajith at odds over Shavendra

The official United National Party (UNP) headed by RanilWickremesinghe had last week distanced itself from comments made by the party’s Deputy Leader and Opposition Leader SajithPremadasa on the decision of the US State Department to not issue visas to Army Commander Lt. General Shavendra Silva and his family, The Sunday Morning reliably learnt. Wickremesinghe had on Monday (17) dispatched a message to the US Embassy in Colombo stating that the comments made by Premadasa regarding the travel restrictions imposed on the Army Commander and his family by the US did not in…

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Tamil politics after UNHRC ‘exit’

By N Sathiya Moorthy It would be interesting to know how Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha feels about the UNHRC processes of the past decade. He was there when the nation continued to boycott the resolutions on ‘war-crimes probe’, after Sri Lanka lost the same under his predecessor, and for obvious reasons. That was under the regime of President Mahinda Rajapaksa, now Prime Minister. As Permanent Representative (PR) at Geneva, Ambassador Aryasinha was later tasked by the previous ‘yahapalanaya’ government with coordinating the co-authored resolution with western diplomats. Today, the Government…

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