Monthly Archives: November 2013

Countries should not dictate to Sri Lanka

Countries should not dictate to Sri Lanka

   A defiant President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday once again rejected demands for an international inquiry into alleged war crimes during the military campaign against the LTTE, saying countries should not “dictate” to Sri Lanka. A day after British Prime Minister David Cameron gave an …

Commonwealth leaders focus on post-2015 development: Chinese makes its presence felt at CHOGM

Commonwealth leaders focus on post-2015 development: Chinese makes its presence felt at CHOGM

    The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) was preceded by three other conferences. The Commonwealth People’s Forum and Youth Forum were successfully completed this week, with Sri Lanka agreeing to host a secretariat to represent 1.2 billion young people who are part of …

Commonwealth heads meeting adopt “Colombo Declaration”

Commonwealth heads meeting adopt “Colombo Declaration”

   Commonwealth heads meeting in Sri Lanka on Sunday(17) adopted the ‘Colombo Declaration’ on sustainable, inclusive and equitable development. Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 15-17 November 2013  We, the Commonwealth Heads of Government, recognise that accelerating growth has become central to  policy efforts globally. …

President Rajapaksa rejects Cameron’s ultimatum for inquiry

President Rajapaksa rejects Cameron’s ultimatum for inquiry

    In an apparent rejection of a move for an international inquiry into alleged human rights violations and war crimes in Sri Lanka, President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday said independent panels set up in the country would credibly investigate the charges at their own …

Colombo rejects Britain’s call for human rights probe

Colombo rejects Britain’s call for human rights probe

     Sri Lanka says there’s no need for an international probe into its human rights record as proposed by British Prime Minister David Cameron. Sri Lanka’s Head of Parliament and Cabinet Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva emphasised Saturday that his country is a sovereign …

Tony Abbott urges Commonwealth leaders to engage and not isolate Sri Lanka

Tony Abbott urges Commonwealth leaders to engage and not isolate Sri Lanka

     Prime Minister Tony Abbott has urged Commonwealth leaders to engage and not isolate countries such as Sri Lanka as they emerge from civil strife. Mr Abbott, Prince Charles and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa delivered opening ceremony addresses to kick off the Commonwealth …

Maldives polls: Defeat for ex-president Mohamed Nasheed

Maldives polls: Defeat for ex-president Mohamed Nasheed

    Abdulla Yameen, half-brother of former autocratic ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, on Saturday clinched an unexpected victory in the presidential run-off elections by defeating former president Mohamed Nasheed, who had led in two recent aborted polls. The winning candidate, a 54-year economist also known as …

Malaysia to give significant input on direction of Chogm

Malaysia to give significant input on direction of Chogm

    Malaysia will give significant input to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which intends to play a role in determining the Post Development 2015, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said. Najib, during the two CHOGM 2013 retreat sessions Saturday, said the …

The Commonwealth: What is it for?

The Commonwealth: What is it for?

   The biggest achievement of the Commonwealth, its admirers say, is the fact of its unlikely existence. That so many former British colonies and dominions should be content to co-exist in a club which has the queen as its head is remarkable. However this is a …

Sri Lanka’s retreat into language of conspiracy

Sri Lanka’s retreat into language of conspiracy

     The last time I came to Sri Lanka the journey from the international airport into the capital, Colombo, took more than three hours. The taxi pulled out into a late monsoon downpour, its windscreen wipers feebly slapping at the sheet of water. With …