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Reconciliation

  • About 11,000 ex-LTTE cadres rehabilitated Only 698 cadres under rehabilitation: Read more >

    About 11,000 ex-LTTE cadres rehabilitated Only 698 cadres under rehabilitation:

    Rehabilitated and visiting South The rehabilitation of ex-LTTE cadres is being carried out successfully. About 11,000 ex-LTTE cadres are already back with their families after completing the rehabilitation programmes conducted by the Army. There are only 698 cadres still under rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Commissioner General Brigadier Darshana Hettiarachchi said. The government has allocated Rs 300 million […]

  • War anniversary: Healing needed Read more >

    War anniversary: Healing needed

    Some years back, a Colombo-based journalist was seated outside a tea boutique near the Naga Vihara in Jaffna waiting to board a bus to the Jaffna airport and take a return flight to Colombo. All the roads were closed as the President was visiting that morning on an election tour which included a visit to […]

  • Govt.-TNA multi-track engagement essential for national progress Read more >

    Govt.-TNA multi-track engagement essential for national progress

    By Jehan PereraWhen assessing the government’s post-war performance it is the issues of accountability on human rights issues and a political solution to the ethnic conflict that take the international centre stage. On both of these counts the Government of Sri Lanka would fare poorly in international estimation. The governmental decision to reject a request […]

  • Former Tiger fighters battle for a normal life Read more >

    Former Tiger fighters battle for a normal life

    Formerfighters receive  training Three years after Sri Lanka’s 26-year civil war ended, thousands of former fighters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) face an uphill battle in re-establishing themselves, despite government efforts to rehabilitate them.“I’m struggling a lot economically. I don’t regret the loss of the LTTE, but I wish there was a […]

  • Why military matters in the North? Read more >

    Why military matters in the North?

     by Col. R. Hariharan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Victory Day speech this year on May 19 was largely a defensive discourse justifying the continued presence large army formations in the North. The sense of triumphalism that had become hallmark of Victory Day speeches was missing this year. This is understandable as the President’s speeches from last […]

  • Reconciliation talks process at a dead end Read more >

    Reconciliation talks process at a dead end

    The move to kick start a “reconciliation process” is headed for failure after the government ignored pre-conditions set by the United National Party (UNP). As a result, there will neither be a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) to formulate a political package to address Tamil grievances nor direct negotiations between the government and the Tamil National […]

  • Three Years on, Reconciliation is getting too late Read more >

    Three Years on, Reconciliation is getting too late

    by Dr Laksiri FernandoWhen the government moved the army decisively against the LTTE in July 2006, it did the right thing, and there was no other viable alternative left. The peace process since February 2002 was not working and the LTTE was making a mockery of the peace effort by amassing arms and ammunition and […]

  • What’s next for General Fonseka? Read more >

    What’s next for General Fonseka?

    Mohamed Hisham”Yet, he will have to manage the charisma, admiration and respect he commands across the country and importantly from every part of the society to maneuver through the rough political terrains in bringing together , the young and old, ambitious and reserved, Northern and Southern, rich and poor, friends and old-friends, young people and […]

  • TNA demands release of fasting prisoners Read more >

    TNA demands release of fasting prisoners

    TNA leader, Trincomalee District MP, R. Sampanthan, making a special statement in Parliament said: “We call upon the government to take immediate steps to release all the Tamil political prisoners since three years have lapsed after the armed conflict ended. We also request that proper responsible assurances be given to the fasting prisoners in this […]

  • President rejects call to withdrw troops form former war zone Read more >

    President rejects call to withdrw troops form former war zone

    Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse on Saturday rejected international calls to withdraw troops from the island’s former war zone as he marked the third anniversary of the Tamil rebels’ defeat.  In a bullish address to the nation, Rajapakse said he could not dismantle military camps in the north because it would undermine national security in […]

  • LLRC was for reconciliation, not to create divisions – President Rajapaksa Read more >

    LLRC was for reconciliation, not to create divisions – President Rajapaksa

    “We are committed to freedom; countries of the world should understand this from the North”We cannot allow this report of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed to bring about reconciliation among people to be used to create divisions among people.The LLRC was appointed with great expectations of bringing about reconciliation among communities. We […]

  • Sri Lanka’s army: In bigger barracks | The Economist Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s army: In bigger barracks | The Economist

    IN THE run-up to Vesak, the holiest day in the Buddhist calendar, which this year coincided with the second anniversary of its victory against the Tamil Tiger rebels, Sri Lanka’s armed forces had plenty to do. The throngs who clogged Colombo’s streets on May 18th for the festival of light marking the Buddha’s birthday were […]

  • Sri Lanka has presented a “serious and comprehensive” plan to US Read more >

    Sri Lanka has presented a “serious and comprehensive” plan to US

    US urges Sri Lankan action on post-civil war reconciliation plan as top diplomats repair tiesWASHINGTON — The United States says Sri Lanka has presented a “serious and comprehensive” plan for reconciliation in the island nation after its quarter-century civil war.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met Friday with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.M. Peiris, seeking […]

  • Winning Sri Lanka’s Peace Read more >

    Winning Sri Lanka’s Peace

    Destrution in Vanni ”Memory of the LTTE will fade. As that happens, chances are the horror of the Sri Lankan army’s actions becomes more widely known, and word of what the International Crisis Group calls “a de facto military occupation” of the Tamil-speaking north will trickle out faster. Public opinion in India’s Tamil Nadu state, […]

  • Sri Lanka’s top leaders hold reconciliation talks Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s top leaders hold reconciliation talks

    Sri Lanka’s top leaders hold reconciliation talks Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday held talks here to resolve differences over opposition’s participation in a parliamentary panel to hammer out a solution to the Tamil issue.Wickremesinghe led a United National Party (UNP) delegation to the ‘Temple Trees’, residence of […]

  • TNA is not for Tamil Ealam – Sumanthiran Read more >

    TNA is not for Tamil Ealam – Sumanthiran

    The Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran has stated that the TNA did not stand for Tamil Eelam, and even the Tamils were against it.  Sumanthiran addressed a Seminar titled `Creating awareness to win the rights of the Tamils through Democratic means’. The Seminar was organized by the TNA at the `Young Artistes Forum ‘Auditorium […]

  • Sri Lanka offers information on war detainees Read more >

    Sri Lanka offers information on war detainees

    Sri Lankan Airforce soldiers march in Colombo, 2011. Sri Lankan authorities released information for the first time about thousands of people held under draconian anti-terror laws despite it being three years since Tamil rebels were crushed.Sri Lankan authorities released information for the first time on Sunday about thousands of people held under draconian anti-terror laws […]

  • TNA believes Govt. is ridiculing Sinhalese Read more >

    TNA believes Govt. is ridiculing Sinhalese

    The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) strongly believes that the government is ridiculing the Sinhalese by alleging that a LTTE flag was brought to a government May Day rally in Jaffna.  T.N.A. MP., Suresh Premachandran told Ceylon Today after the government told the international community that they were able to successfully eradicate terrorism, through this statement […]

  • First meeting of Presidential Task Force on a Trilingual Sri Lanka Read more >

    First meeting of Presidential Task Force on a Trilingual Sri Lanka

    The Presidential Task Force for a Trilingual Sri Lanka headed by the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga held its preliminary discussion at BMICH today. The seven-member Task Force discussed various issues and practicalities about learning a second language. The Task Force included Secretary to the President Mr. Weeratunga, Sunimal Fernando, Advisor to the President, […]

  • Government must keep  promises made in Geneva – Friday Froum Read more >

    Government must keep promises made in Geneva – Friday Froum

     UN building The Resolution No 19/2 on Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka that was  adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on 22nd March 2012 calls upon the government of Sri Lanka to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) that was appointed by the […]

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