Sri Lanka Brief


  • Welfare of Lankan Tamils top priority:External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna

    Underlining that the welfare of Tamils in Sri Lanka is of utmost importance, India Thursday urged Sri Lanka to pursue a lasting political settlement that provides for harmonious co-existence of all communities, including minorities, in the island-nation.Making a suo moto statement in the Lok Sabha on “The Situation in Sri Lanka”, External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna […]

  • LSSP calls for power devolution

    LSSP leader, minister Prof. Tissa Vitarana says the results of the recent local government polls in the north are an indication that the people are not satisfied by solutions to economic issues only. He was speaking today (Aug. 03) at the swearing in of the newly-elected LG members in Colombo.  The LSSP leader added that the […]

  • Give North self-autonomy – Vasu Read more >

    Give North self-autonomy – Vasu

    The government should think beyond the 13th amendment to the constitution and give self-autonomy for the people of the North, said minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara. He has made the remark to ‘Virakesari’ newspaper which asked him for a response to a resolution adopted by Communist Party of India (Marxist) regarding self-determination for Tamils in Sri Lanka. Minister Nanayakkara […]

  • Existing constitution is enough for unity, says Gotabaya

    Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa says that the existing constitution is more than enough for the people to live unified.He made this comment during an interview with Headlines Today, an Indian network. “We are a sovereign nation, and we have a very good legal system and which has been left by the British. We have the […]

  • Basil Rajapaksa on TNA and political solution

    ”I think a political solution means you have to do a lot of things. We are doing a lot of things. This Constitution of Sri Lanka is far more advanced than any other Constitution in the world. TNA is  trying to bring back the same environment, the same fear psychosis.”Will your government ever produce a […]

  • An interview with TNA leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan Read more >

    An interview with TNA leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan

    by Chandani KirindeTamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentary Group Leader Rajavarothiam Sampanthan spoke to the Sunday Times after his Party secured a landslide victory in the local government elections in the North, despite widespread use of state power by the ruling party that pulled out all stops to secure a win there.Mr. Sampanthan said the Government […]

  • Grievances of people in North:Sangaree volunteers to help govt find solution

    By Manjula FERNANDOA fearless critic of LTTE atrocities, the leader of Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Veerasingham Anandasangaree has spent most of his days, during the LTTE’s bloody years, behind closed doors of his tightly secured house in Colombo.A veteran Tamil politician who took to politics in 1950s and entered Parliament contesting Kilinochchi district in […]

  • Local Elections in the North and East: Rebuking the Regime

    Dr.P.SravanamuttuThe results of the second phase of the 2011 local government elections reveal a north/ south divide with the ruling UPFA winning comfortably outside of the north and east and the TNA capturing the overwhelming majority of local bodies in those areas.  These results need serious analysis by all political parties as an indication of […]

  • No more faith in Colombo’s peace and reconciliation: Indian women

    Prominent women’s rights activists in India in a statement this week said that they had stopped believing in Colombo’s periodic pledges to bring about reconciliation in the country, reports Indian Express. “We no longer believe the empty promises of the Sri Lankan government to bring peace and reconciliation, and strongly demand immediate action that will […]

  • President has a bigger mandate against devolution

    The TNA demands Q:    The Tamil National Alliance(TNA) which secured 18 local councils yesterday insists on the devolution of police and land powers without which they claim a political solution could not be reached, emphasizing that ‘lasting peace, justice and democracy’ in the North depends on such devolution. Then the President has a bigger mandate […]

  • Punish Lankan war criminals, TNCC chief appeals to PM

    NCC president K V Thangkabalu today appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ensure that those responsible for alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka against Tamil civilians during the last phase of the offensive against the LTTE in Sri Lanka faced action. Calling on the Prime Minister at his residence in Delhi, Thangkabalu referred to […]

  • Sri Lanka: Tamil hopes and national unity

    R. K. RadhakrishnanSri Lankan voters walk to polling stations as a policeman stands guard in Jaffna on July 23, 2011. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the umbrella organisation of Tamil political parties, recorded convincing victories in local body elections in Sri Lanka’s north and east.AP Sri Lankan voters walk to polling stations as a policeman […]

  • WHAT THE local council ELECTION RESULTS FORETELL Read more >


    The 65 results disclosed in the mini election reveals a one party domination in the South (UPFA) and the North (ITAK). The call is close only in the constituencies that do not have a Tamil domination where a keen contest was seen between the UPFA and the ITAK. It is not the defeat that should disturb […]

  • Govt.-TNA talks on Monday

    By Kelum BandaraFollowing the local government elections which ensured a victory for the TNA in the North and East, the government will have its next round of talks with the TNA next Monday as part of its plan to evolve a political solution, the party said yesterdayTNA MP Suresh Premachandran told the Daily Mirror that […]

  • TNA insists on police, land powers

    By Sandun A. JayasekeraThe Tamil National Alliance(TNA) which swept the board in Saturday’s local council elections in the North said yesterday it would be impossible to reach a political solution and bring about lasting peace, justice and democracy in the North without the devolution of police and land powers.Jaffna district parliamentarian and TNA spokesman Suresh […]

  • Economistic Thesis invalidated at northern elections

    By Jehan Perera Defeats suffered by the ruling alliance at the local authority elections in the North would have come as a disappointment to the government, which registered its accustomed victories elsewhere in the country. For the past month a formidable array of government ministers, said to be as many as 40, are reported to have […]

  • Hard times in Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged north Read more >

    Hard times in Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged north

    By Charles Haviland/BBC News, KilinochchiThe dirt road leading south-west from Kilinochchi town is pale red, the colour of the soil of the Vanni, the northerly extreme of the Sri Lankan mainland. It is a land that lost all its people. They retreated with the Tamil Tigers as the civil war swept through Kilinochchi more than […]

  • Tamils sceptical of future in Sri Lanka’s north

    By Shihar AneezJAFFNA: Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils say President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s post-war development and infrastructure projects in the former war zone in the island’s north have yet to address their real concerns and have not excluded their participation.Sri Lanka’s northern cities held local polls for the first time in many years on Saturday amid opposition […]

  • Sri Lanka a divided nation, under authoritarian rule- Chandrika

    Former Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga said on Sunday that she still ‘agonizes’ over not using full presidential powers or authoritarian rule to implement the then draft constitution that would have ended dictatorial presidential rule.“I still agonize over this, over and over again as to whether I should have used full presidential powers or authoritarian […]

  • Tamils voted for dignified political settlement-TNA

    Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which won nearly all the local councils in the Northern and Eastern Provinces at the yesterday’s LG election, said that the Tamil people had voted for a dignified political settlement at this election despite intimidations and threats by the ruling UPFA.TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said “we campaigned for a dignified political […]

  • Sri Lankan stability critical to New Delhi’s Indian Ocean ambitions

    A controversial advisory panel report, published by the United Nations in late March 2011, called for a full investigation into the perceived breaches in the Laws of Armed Conflict during the endgame of Sri Lanka’s civil war. This has placed India in a difficult position where it must balance its relations with Sri Lanka while […]

  • Ex-rebel proxies sweep Sri Lanka local elections

    By KRISHAN FRANCIS – Associated Press  A former proxy to Sri Lanka’s defeated separatist Tamil Tiger rebels swept local council elections held in areas ravaged by the country’s 25-year civil war, officials said Sunday, amid reports of intimidation and vote-buying.The Tamil National Alliance won 20 local councils out of the 25 it contested in the […]

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