Monthly Archives: July 2014

Swire meets Biswal in Washington, talks on Sri Lanka

Swire meets Biswal in Washington, talks on Sri Lanka

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) minister, Hugo Swire met with the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Nisha Biswal in Washington on Tuesday, for discussion on South Asia, as well as “detailed talks” on Sri Lanka. “South Asia including …

France says reconciliation  is a major issue

France says reconciliation is a major issue

The French Government says the most important issue for Sri Lanka is reconciliation between the country’s communities. Jean-Paul Monchau, the Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka, says France and the European Union are very attentive to this issue because as friends of the Sri Lankan …

Australia may have breached key element of refugee convention in return of Sri Lankans intercepted at sea: UNHCR

Australia may have breached key element of refugee convention in return of Sri Lankans intercepted at sea: UNHCR

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed alarm that Australia may have breached a cornerstone of the refugee convention by returning a group of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka after intercepting their boat at sea. Volker Turk, Director of International Protection, United Nations High Commissioner …

Vaiko urges Modi to ensure well-being of Tamils in Sri Lanka

Vaiko urges Modi to ensure well-being of Tamils in Sri Lanka

Deploring the status of minority Tamils in Sri Lanka, NDA constituent MDMK, on Tuesday, urged the Modi Government to take ‘appropriate steps’ to ensure their well-being and opposed deepening commercial and economic relations between India and Sri Lanka. Party founder Vaiko in a letter to …

Pakistan must learn from LTTE’s defeat, says officer

Pakistan must learn from LTTE’s defeat, says officer

Pakistan may not be able to replicate Sri Lanka’s success vis-a-vis the LTTE but needs to learn from it to overcome Islamist militants, a Pakistani police officer has said. “The Sri Lankan strategy shows that with military might and popular support the state can defeat …

Karunanidhi gets four weeks to respond to Centre’s stand

Karunanidhi gets four weeks to respond to Centre’s stand

The Supreme Court on Monday granted four weeks’ time to DMK president M. Karunanidhi and the Tamil Nadu government to file their response to the Centre’s reply that Katchatheevu could not be retrieved from Sri Lanka. A Bench of Justices H.L. Dattu and Arun Mishra …

US Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka

US Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka

The U.S. Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka held a hearing on July 9 in Washington, D.C. The caucus, created in 2013, is co-chaired by Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) and Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio). It remains to be seen how effective …

I have never said anything about resigning – C M Vigneswaran

I have never said anything about resigning – C M Vigneswaran

Responding to the recent news reports published by several Media in Colombo, the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, Justice Canagasabapathy Visuvalingam Vigneswaran, says that he never said anything about resigning at any stage while revealing the agenda behind those reports. “I have never said …

Tamil civil society forum call on Pope to visit North-East

Tamil civil society forum call on Pope to visit North-East

In a letter addressed to his holiness the Pope on 13 July 2013, a network of Tamil civil society groups from the North-East called on the Pope to ensure his upcoming trip to the island includes a visit to the North-East. “While we welcome your …

Allow UN team to stay in Chennai to conduct probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka: PMK

Allow UN team to stay in Chennai to conduct probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka: PMK

PMK chief S Ramadoss on Sunday said India’s decision not to extend support to a UN probe into the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka is shocking. The PMK is an ally of the ruling BJP. Ramadoss said India should allow the UNHRC team to …