Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tamil diaspora activists protest against TNA MP

Tamil diaspora activists protest against TNA MP

Tamil diaspora activists condemned TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran for his video call to halt the protest organised by the Tamil Coordinating Committee and the British Tamil Forum in front of Westminster Abbey, London. In his call Mr, Sumanthiran said; “Tamil community’s vote up and down …

Historic opportunity’ at hand for reconciliation, cooperation in Sri Lanka, says UN political chief

Historic opportunity’ at hand for reconciliation, cooperation in Sri Lanka, says UN political chief

Following elections, a historic opportunity has now presented itself for Sri Lanka to set up a domestic process that is credible, accountable and up to par with international norms and standards for the benefit of the country’s people, with the help of the wider international …

Sri Lanka UK leaders discuss plans to build lasting reconciliation

Sri Lanka UK leaders discuss plans to build lasting reconciliation

President Maithripala Sirisena met British Prime Minister David Cameron in London on 10 March 2015. A spokesperson from the Prime Ministers office said they discussed President Sirisena’s “clear plans to build lasting reconciliation across Sri Lanka, both through supporting the ongoing UN investigation and by establishing …

Tamil leader urges Modi to fix ethnic issue permanently

Tamil leader urges Modi to fix ethnic issue permanently

Vocal Lankan Tamil leader and Northern Province Councillor MK Sivajilingam on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will be visiting Sri Lanka in a few days, to take steps for a permanent political solution to the ethnic issue jointly facilitated, mediated, and underwritten by …

US declares Venezuela a national security threat

US declares Venezuela a national security threat

The United States declared Venezuela a national security threat on Monday and ordered sanctions against seven officials from the oil-rich country in the worst bilateral diplomatic dispute since socialist President Nicolas Maduro took office in 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama signed and issued the executive …

ITAK condemns attacks on TNA leaders

ITAK condemns attacks on TNA leaders

The Illankai Tamil Arasu Katchchi (ITAK) leader and the General Secretary of the Tamil National Alliance Mavai S. Senathiraja while criticizing the burning of the effigies of TNA Parliamentarians Sumanthiran and Sampanthan has said that it was a highly irresponsible act at this political juncture …

Sritharan: Ranil Wickremasinghe played a key role in making Karuna turn against our struggle

Sritharan: Ranil Wickremasinghe played a key role in making Karuna turn against our struggle

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP, S Sritharan said no one amongst the Sinhalese had the courage to give Tamils a solution, criticising Prime minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe’s statements that he seeks a solution with the Tamil people, as false. “In Ranil Wickremasinghe’s view if we …

UN accuses Australia of systematically violating torture convention

UN accuses Australia of systematically violating torture convention

Australia is systematically violating the international Convention Against Torture by detaining children in immigration detention, and holding asylum seekers in dangerous and violent conditions on Manus Island, a United Nations report has found. But the prime minister, Tony Abbott, reacted angrily to the scathing findings, …

I am a very influential external affairs minister- Swaraj

I am a very influential external affairs minister- Swaraj

India has made its objection known to Sri Lanka over Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s recent statement on shooting of “intruders” (Indian fishermen), the government told Rajya Sabha on Monday while informing that an interim arrangement was being put in place to deal with the problems …

UK looks forward to supporting the new Sri Lankan Government

UK looks forward to supporting the new Sri Lankan Government

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the United Kingdom expects to see progress on accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. They discussed reinvigorating the UK-Sri Lanka relationship, and how the UK could support the new Sri Lankan Government’s reforms and to deliver on its commitments to …