Sri Lanka Brief


  • No compensation for dead LTTE members

    The government has rejected a recommendation by the LLRC to pay compensation in lieu of dead LTTE members, ‘Divaina’ reports.’Quoting highly placed government sources, the newspaper noted that no country in the world had compensated for the terrorists. The recommendation, which is an act of overstepping of limits by the LLRC, is also a violation […]

  • No LTTE camps in India: Chidambaram

    New Delhi: Centre on Tuesday termed as “completely baseless” a Sri Lankan newspaper report about existence of LTTE camps in Tamil Nadu, saying there was no such facility anywhere in the country.  “It is completely baseless. There is no LTTE camp anywhere in India, including Tamil Nadu,” Home Minister P Chidambaram told a press conference […]

  • This is the time to repair and re-launch USA – Sri Lanka Relations

    Teresita SchafferTeresita Schaffer, a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, was U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka from 1992-1995.  The meeting in Geneva is over, leaving a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. It’s time to put Sri Lanka’s political rebuilding on track, and repair US-Sri Lanka relations in the process.Despite the dark conspiracies […]

  • Sushma Swaraj to lead all-party team to Sri Lanka next month

    The Indian government is planning to send an all-party delegation, led by Lok Sabha opposition leader Sushma Swaraj, to Sri Lanka next month.  According to PTI, the aim of their tour is to press for stopping all atrocities against Lankan Tamils and also look into their living conditions after the end of the LTTE.Swaraj has […]

  • War displaced stopped from cultivating

    The people in the former war-torn areas will not be able to enjoy the hard won freedom after decades of war if the government does not settle them back in their ancestral lands, says a provincial minister from the ruling party in Sri Lanka.Wimalaweera Dissanayake, the land minister of the eastern province, made these remarks […]

  • Canada to send Three-Member Delegation to Sri Lanka on Fact Finding Mission

    The Harper government is dispatching a delegation to Sri Lanka as it presses the country to launch a post-war reconciliation with its Tamil minority.  Sending the delegation to Sri Lanka, which has sometimes restricted access for foreign officials, is intended to underline Ottawa’s keen interest, which includes lobbying other nations to back a United Nations […]

  • Sri Lanka’s North: Recipe for Renewed Conflict

    International Crisis Group, The Sri Lankan military’s control over the political and economic life of the Northern Province is deepening the alienation and anger of northern Tamils and threatening sustainable peace.Sri Lanka’s North I: The Denial of Minority Rights and Sri Lanka’s North II: Rebuilding under the Military, the two latest reports from the International […]

  • BROKEN PROMISES: TNA response to the position of the Government of Sri Lanka at the 19th session of the UN Human Rights Council

    Full statement release by TNA below:14 March 20121.0 The Government of Sri Lanka has serious issues with regard to telling the truth and keeping its promises1.1. In response to Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe’s statement to the 18th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council [UNHRC] on 12 September 2011, the Tamil National Alliance [TNA] issued […]

  • GTF proposes two-pronged strategy for reconciliation

    The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) yesterday proposed a two-pronged strategy to facilitate national reconciliation process.  GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran said that implementation of positive recommendations made by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) should be prioritized, while accountability issues addressed through an international investigative mechanism.A true international effort, with the backing of key regional […]

  • 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, […]

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