Monthly Archives: January 2014

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

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

     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 …

GTF and its leadership have gradually lost their way

GTF and its leadership have gradually lost their way

   We are aware that there is some confusion among Tamils regarding British Tamils Forum’s participation in Global Tamil Forum (GTF). By releasing this statement, we hope to fulfil our duty towards the Tamil people by clarifying the facts. When the war in the island …

House of Commons debates FCO report on Sri Lanka

House of Commons debates FCO report on Sri Lanka

   We will use our position on the UN Human Rights Council to work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and call for an international investigation. We will play an active role in building international support for that approach ahead of the March …

Pawns of Peace

Pawns of Peace

    By Shamindra Ferdinando. In the wake of the then Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe and LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran agreeing for direct negotiations under Norwegian facilitation in February, 2002, Norway launched a major NGO initiative to support the peace process.The expensive NGO project was meant to …

Ambassador Sison’s Remarks at Nagakovil

Ambassador Sison’s Remarks at Nagakovil

  Kaalai Vannakam! Honorable Secretary to the Governor of the Northern Province, Mr. Ilangovan; Honorable  Divisional Secretary, Mr. N. Linganathan; Honorable Secretary of Fisheries for the Northern Province, Mr. R. Varatheswaran; Honorable Chairman of Sevalanka, my good friend Dr. Harsha Navaratne; Sevalanka Director of Special …

Secretary Weeratunga briefs Geneva diplomats on progress in national reconciliation

Secretary Weeratunga briefs Geneva diplomats on progress in national reconciliation

   Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga who briefed Permanent Representatives to the United Nations in Geneva at the Palais des Nations on Tuesday (21st January 2014) on ‘Progress in the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka’, has said the Government of Sri Lanka has done …

US Government gives $1.5 Million USD Grant to revive the fishery community in Jaffna.

US Government gives $1.5 Million USD Grant to revive the fishery community in Jaffna.

   The United States Embassy in Colombo, through its development arm, the U.S. Agency for International Development, announced a new program to revive the fishery community in the Maradankerny Division of Jaffna.   This initiative is part of a significant USAID livelihoods project worth $1.5 million …

International legal experts reiterate need for accountability

International legal experts reiterate need for accountability

  Panelists at a discussion hosted by the American Society of International Law and American University Washington College of Law UNROW Human Rights Impact Litigation Clinic hosted an event on accountability in Sri Lanka that criticized the on-going impunity, and stressed the need for justice and accountability. …

TN Fishermen Have No Right to Katchatheevu

TN Fishermen Have No Right to Katchatheevu

      The Centre today informed the Madras High Court that the sovereignty of Sri Lanka over the islet of Katchatheevu in the Palk Straits is a settled matter and Indian fishermen do not enjoy any right to fish in the region. The Indian …

Maldives rejects military pact with US

Maldives rejects military pact with US

   The Maldives has decided not to take part in a proposed military cooperation pact with the United States over fears that it could upset the regional power India, senior officials said Wednesday. Speaking on a visit to Sri Lanka, the atoll nation’s new President …