Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cameron calls for war crimes inquiry in Sri Lanka

Cameron calls for war crimes inquiry in Sri Lanka

     UK Prime Minister David Cameron has called on the government of Sri Lanka to set up an independent inquiry on alleged war crimes during the final stages of the country’s civil war against the Tamil Tiger rebels. David-Cameron-Cameron, who is attending a summit …

Commonwealth charity staff complain

Commonwealth charity staff complain

     The charitable arm of the Commonwealth has been involved in a row at the heads of government meeting, after staff complained of being intimidated by Sri Lankan officials angered by a British minister who raised human rights concerns on the island. Sources at …

David Cameron surrounded by Tamil protesters

David Cameron surrounded by Tamil protesters

    David Cameron was surrounded by Tamil protesters as he visited the north of Sri Lanka to meet victims of the country’s civil war. Around 200 protesters, mainly women, surrounded the Prime Minister’s car and held up pictures of dead or disappeared relatives.    Mr Cameron, …

Sri Lanka lashes out at rights criticism

Sri Lanka lashes out at rights criticism

  CNN’s Fred Pleitgen, in for Christiane Amanpour, speaks with Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK Chris Nonis      

Prince Charles urges Commonwealth to bring “touch of healing” to world’s troubles

Prince Charles urges Commonwealth to bring “touch of healing” to world’s troubles

    The Prince of Wales has urged the Commonwealth to bring a “touch of healing” to the world’s troubles. Declaring the opening of the summit in Sri Lanka, he told prime ministers and presidents from across the globe that the Queen had a deep …

CHOGM 2013: Commonwealth Secretary-General’s speech

CHOGM 2013: Commonwealth Secretary-General’s speech

   Your Royal Highness, President Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Abbot, distinguished Heads of Government, representatives from the Commonwealth family, and guests: a warm welcome and greetings! It is very good to see CHOGM back in Asia, home to three-quarters of the people of the Commonwealth. The …

Rajiv Gandhi assassination: CBI still awaiting to quiz KP

Rajiv Gandhi assassination: CBI still awaiting to quiz KP

    The CBI is still waiting for an official response from the Sri Lankan government on the formal questioning of Kumaran Padmanathan alias KP, who was once the chief arms procurer for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), in connection with the Rajiv …

President Rajapaksa: “We must also collectively guard against bilateral agendas being introduced into the Organisation”

President Rajapaksa: “We must also collectively guard against bilateral agendas being introduced into the Organisation”

      President Mahinda Rajapaksa officially declared open 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Performance Theatre in Colombo.  In his speech the President urged all member countries to work together to overcome the multitudes of global challenges being faced …

U.K., India for continued engagement with Colombo on ‘rights abuses’

U.K., India for continued engagement with Colombo on ‘rights abuses’

  India and Britain on Thursday agreed that they had the same approach towards Sri Lanka but differed on attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), beginning in Colombo on Friday. At a meeting here, Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and David Cameron agreed that it …

AdvanFort avoiding high-crime Sri Lanka waters

AdvanFort avoiding high-crime Sri Lanka waters

    In order to better serve our clients, AdvanFort International is now using a location in the western Malacca Strait as the point for disembarkation of its privately-contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) from eastbound transits, and as an embarkation point for westbound transits. The announcement …