Sri Lanka Brief


  • Direct discussions between President Rajapaksa and TNA leader Sampanthan to revive talks end in failure

    D.B.S. JeyarajDirect discussions beween Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Tamil National Alliance(TNA) leader Rajavarothayam Sampanthan to revive stalled talks between the ruling regime and the TNA ended in failure. A one to one meeting without aides held at “Temple Trees” on Tuesday February 21st between the President and the senior TNA Trincomalee district MP […]

  • Statement on Reconciliation by Muslim Civil Society Individuals

    “However, on the ground specific problems that hamper the transition from war to a sustainable and meaningful peace are left unaddressed. In particular, the challenge of reconciliation remains. Our failure to act now will result in all communities losing a historic opportunity to address the conflict and its impact.” Sri Lanka today faces a range of […]

  • Does Govt Have The Political Will to Implement the LLRC Recommendations?

    Fr. Sarath IddamalgodaThe report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on ‘Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation’ when taken as a whole is rather weak because of its inherent limitations, but some of the recommendations made in the report by the commission are quite positive and therefore can be used as a constructive tool to move in […]

  • Satisfied with displaced Sri Lankan Tamils’ rehabilitation : EU

     The European Union (EU) has expressed satisfaction with the resettlement process in Sri Lanka three years after the war between the Sri Lankan military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended.  The Sri Lankan government should be commended for the efforts it took to resettle most of the war displaced people, Xinhua quoted […]

  • National Reconciliation Policy to be presented shortly .

    A draft towards a National Reconciliation Policy is currently being prepared and will be presented shortly for public discussion by Presidential Advisor on Reconciliation and MP Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha.  “I hope that this is looked at seriously, adjusted as necessary, and then adopted and implemented expeditiously,” Prof. Wijesinha told the Daily Mirror yesterday.Commenting on the […]

  • The litmus test in Sri Lanka

    Ahilan KadirgamarIf President Rajapaksa is serious about a political solution to the Tamil question, he should outline his vision and a timetable for constitutional change.Soon after meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa last month, Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna disclosed to the media, “The President assured me that he stands by his commitment to pursuing […]

  • Indian-organised international delegation visits Jaffna

    Around 60 diplomats belonging to African, Latin American, West Asian and European countries, based in New Delhi were brought to Jaffna on Sunday to showcase them on ‘development’ and ‘reconciliation’ taking place in the country of Eezham Tamils occupied by genocidal Sri Lanka. The exercise was organised and fully backed by the Establishment in New […]

  • “Tamils are a distinct people entitled to certain rights like Self-Determination in International law”

    MA.Sumanthiran MP Interviewed by Namini Wijedasa The Tamil National Alliance can bring even radical Tamil diaspora groups like the Global Tamil Forum and the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam on board provided the government offers a ‘proper solution’ to the ethnic conflict, said M. Sumanthiran, TNA parliamentarian, in an interview last week. Excerpts: Namini Wijedasa: Will […]

  • Poor response to President’s call to nominate reps for PSC

    Key player TNA’s participation subject to Govt. fulfilling pledges made at bilateral talks President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s decision to call a meeting of all political party representatives to persuade them to nominate members for the proposed Parliamentary Select committee (PSC) to find a solution to the national problem has not been received with much enthusiasm by […]

  • Clinton invites GL to Washington to discuss LLRC follow up

    The US government has decided to grant space and opportunity to Sri Lanka to come up with concrete proposals on reconciliation and accountability issues. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has invited External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Pieris to visit Washington in March to discuss Sri Lanka’s plans to “move ahead on reconciliation and accountability issues […]

  • TNA demands finance as prerequisites to sit on the proposed PSC

    The Tamil National Alliance yesterday insisted that land, police and finance powers be included in the devolution discussions with the government and all three had to be prerequisite for the party to sit on the proposed Parliamentary Select Committee to hammer out a final solution “We initiated the dialog with the government on the proposed […]

  • TNA welcomes international mediation for future negotiations

    In the backdrop of a deadlock in talks between the government and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the TNA said yesterday that they would welcome an international mediation at this time to facilitate future negotiations. At a recent meeting with Dr. Alyssa Ayres, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian affairs, […]

  • Ensure Sri Lanka Delivers

    The visit by an Indian External Affairs Minister to Sri Lanka is always an important affair. Sri Lankans of all communities and political leanings watch it carefully. They listen to the statements and read between the lines. To many, especially for the Sri Lankan Tamils and the committed democratic sections of the Sri Lankan andIndian […]

  • Thirteen Plus means ‘setting up a senate’

    “The president assured me that he stands by his commitment to pursuing the Thirteen Plus approach” SM Krishna Government Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told journalists in Colombo on Thursday that the government expects to establish a senate to ‘represent minority groups and for consultation’. However, Minister Rambukwella said that Thirteen Plus does not include devolving […]

  • Sri Lanka must devolve powers in ‘very visible manner’: SM Krishna

    India today underlined the need for Sri Lanka to devolve powers to Tamil-dominated provinces envisaged under a key constitutional amendment in a “very visible manner” to fulfill the political aspirations of the minority ethnic community.Wrapping up his four-day visit to Sri Lanka during which he visited the war-ravaged North and Southern parts of the country, […]

  • Ex-LTTE Rebels Warned by Military

    The Sri Lankan Army has warned ex-LTTE rebels that joining any groups looking to destabilise the country will result in their arrest.  Commissioner General of Rehabilitation Major General Chandana Rajaguru, speaking to The Sunday Leader, explained that any former LTTE cadre who is found to be involved with groups looking to destabilise the country will […]

  • Tiger fascism is no more but Sinhala supremacism has made a triumphant return

    Tiger fascism and Sinhala supremacism: two inimical but mutually sustaining extremisms which have been the bane of post-independence Ceylon/Sri Lanka. Sinhala supremacism created a language issue, prevented its resolution and enabled its metamorphosis into an ethnic problem.  Tiger fascism rendered a negotiated settlement of the war impossible and murdered many Sinhala and Tamil moderates who […]

  • Government-TNA talks: Breaking the deadlock

     Javid Yusuf  – With the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009, space has opened up for consideration, in an open and dispassionate manner, of the core issues that gave rise to the conflict. However, realisation has dawned on most people that this is not merely an opportunity for such an exercise, but also that, […]

  • LLRC report: Decisive action now required.- Canada

    Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement on the final report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission: “Canada notes the public release of the report of Sri Lanka’s Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. Although we are still studying the report, the commission has addressed and provided recommendations in some areas […]

  • LLRC report follow up – Reconciliation ministry mooted in Sri Lanka

    An advisor to the Sri Lankan president has suggested setting up a temporary ministry to fast-track the reconciliation process following the end of the dragging ethnic conflict. Rajiva Wijesinha, the advisor on reconciliation to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, said a separate ministry for reconciliation, with responsibilities of implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt […]

  • “Rethink policy to empower Sri Lankan Tamils economically”

    In the present-day world where politics is invariably trumped by economics, India has to have a drastic rethinking of its policy in favour of economically empowering the Tamils in Sri Lanka as a sustainable solution for their rehabilitation, former diplomat G. Parthasarathy said on Sunday.In a lecture on ‘Personal Recollections of Relations with Sri Lanka […]

  • LLRC Report vital in reconciliation process – Minister Wimal Weerawansa

    Uditha Kumarasinghe – Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities Minister Wimal Weerawansa said the approach adopted by the LLRC Report is of paramount importance for the Government’s reconciliation process. The Minister told the Sunday Observer that the need of the hour is to strengthen bilateral relations with friendly countries and also to win over […]

  • LLRC report covers all relevant ground – Australian MP

    (Disna MUDALIGE ) The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) report sets the framework for practical reconciliation in Sri Lanka, said Australian Member of Parliament Telmo Languiller who is on a brief visit to look into the ground situation in post war Sri Lanka. Addressing a media conference in Colombo yesterday he welcomed both the […]

  • President going back on his word: TNA

    (B.M. MURSHIDEEN ) The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has expressed its disappointment over the statement by the President Mahinda Rajapaksa on the devolution of power.  TNA National List Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran now on an overseas visit told the Daily Mirror yesterday over the phone that President Rajapaksa was obviously going back on his words.“After the […]

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