Monthly Archives: January 2015

EU Considers Lifting Sri Lanka’s Fish Import Ban

EU Considers Lifting Sri Lanka’s Fish Import Ban

The European Commission has offered Sri Lanka assistance to meet regulatory requirements to enable early lifting of a ban on fish imported from Sri Lanka to the EU. Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry on Thursday said the decision was made following talks held between Sri …

UN is trying to verify how Sri Lanka will cooperate: UN spokesman

UN is trying to verify how Sri Lanka will cooperate: UN spokesman

Stéphane Dujarric Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on 29 January 2015 answering a question about Sri Lanka’s intention to  launch a domestic investigation during the daily Press Briefing said that the UN is trying to verify how Sri Lanka will cooperate with the UN on the investigation. …

Government plans fresh probe

Government plans fresh probe

Sri Lanka is planning an investigation into accusations of human rights abuses in the final stages of a 26-year civil war amid international frustration at the failure to look into numerous civilian deaths, a government spokesman said on Thursday. Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was …

Suspend UNHRC Probe On Sri Lanka

Suspend UNHRC Probe On Sri Lanka

By Teresita C. Schaffer.                                                           Maithripala Sirisena, sworn in as Sri Lanka’s president soon after his stunning …

UK MPs call for Sri Lanka to co-operate with UN inquiry or face sanctions

UK MPs call for Sri Lanka to co-operate with UN inquiry or face sanctions

A number of British MPs, speaking at the House of Commons debate ‘Tamils in Sri Lanka’ on 28 January 2015 highlighted the failures of the international community to protect Tamils and the need of the new government of Sri Lanka to take concrete steps to reconcile …

CM asks PM to defer repatriation  of refugees

CM asks PM to defer repatriation of refugees

Chief Minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday urged PM Narendra Modi to defer the inter-ministerial meeting in New Delhi on Friday on voluntary repatriation of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu as the “conditions in Northern and Eastern provinces in Lanka are still not conducive …

Biswal to visit Sri Lanka

Biswal to visit Sri Lanka

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal is to visit Sri Lanka  from 31 January – 02 February 2015. Assistant Secretary Biswal is to meet with Sri Lankan officials to discuss a range of bilateral issues, including post-conflict reconciliation, justice and accountability issues. …

Hugo Swire to visit Sri Lanka

Hugo Swire to visit Sri Lanka

The British High Commission in Sri Lanka said, Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire is to pay a second visit to Sri Lanka from 28-30 January 2015. As part of a broad visit Mr Swire will call on senior ministers including Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to discuss the …

President Obama says India could play a “positive” role in the region from Burma to Sri Lanka

President Obama says India could play a “positive” role in the region from Burma to Sri Lanka

The US president, Barack Obama, speaking at the Siri Fort Auditorium New Delhi, on 27 January 2015, said India could play a “positive” role in the region from Burma to Sri Lanka, reiterating “that with power comes responsibility I believe that if we’re going to be true …

The Lanka question

The Lanka question

By Kuldip Nayar.                                                                     New Delhi has lots to explain when Mahinda Rajapaksa …