Monthly Archives: April 2013

Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group Holds Press Conference

Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group Holds Press Conference

    The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) held its 39th meeting yesterday (26).The meeting was Chaired Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister, Dr Dipu Moni, and reviewed developments of the only nation on the CMAG agenda, Fiji. At a news conference after the meeting yesterday the Commonwealth …

Australia rejects calls to boycott summit

Australia rejects calls to boycott summit

       Australia has vowed not to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Sri Lanka over allegations of human rights violations, despite mounting calls not to attend. Foreign Minister Bob Carr says he will not boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government …

No discussion on Sri Lanka at Commonwealth ministerial meeting: Harper government still poised to boycott Commonwealth summit

No discussion on Sri Lanka at Commonwealth ministerial meeting: Harper government still poised to boycott Commonwealth summit

    The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), did not discuss Sri Lanka on its formal agenda. Sri Lanka is due to head the 54-nation body and host its major summit in Colombo in November, but it stands accused by two UN reports of war …

UNP delegation refused access to a High Security Zone, wants international observers for polls

UNP delegation refused access to a High Security Zone, wants international observers for polls

   The leader of Sri Lanka’s main opposition party Ranil Wickremesinghe called for the deployment of international observers to monitor the provincial council elections in September in the Northern Province. “There has to be a group of international and Commonwealth election observers at the elections. …

Commonwealth’s democratic values on test

Commonwealth’s democratic values on test

     On Friday a group of Foreign Ministers from the Commonwealth known as the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, will meet in London chaired by Bangladesh. This group is charged with enforcing human rights and democratic principles. Though they don’t have Sri Lanka on their official …

Human Rights Watch calls for shifting CHOGM

Human Rights Watch calls for shifting CHOGM

    The Human Rights Watch said Thursday that a senior Commonwealth advisory group should recommend the organisation shift the venue of its November 2013 Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from Sri Lanka. It should be done unless the Sri Lankan government makes prompt, measurable, …

India assures safety of Sri Lankan visitors

India assures safety of Sri Lankan visitors

     India on Thursday assured Sri Lanka it would continue to take all possible measures to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sri Lankan visitors to India, including to the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The outgoing Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka …

DMK tells CMAG members to keep out of Sri Lanka

    A delegation of Members of Parliament of the DMK on Tuesday gave a memorandum to several member countries of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) in Delhi urging them to not hold the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo slated …

It’s Time For U.S. Policy Toward Sri Lanka To Be More Symmetrical – Ajith Nivard Cabraal

It’s Time For U.S. Policy Toward Sri Lanka To Be More Symmetrical – Ajith Nivard Cabraal

    Sri Lanka’s economy is growing at about a 7.5% annual clip, with low inflation and a per capita income of US$ 2,923. We are striving towards a per capita income of over $4,000 by 2016 and are on track to surpass the United Nations …

Pavithra lying

Pavithra lying

Former Minister of Power – Champika Ranawaka denied media reports quoting the Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi that the proposal to increase electricity tariffs, was proposed by him.The former power minister said that the electricity tariff and petroleum price hike should not be done …