Monthly Archives: March 2015

Cables reveal Sri Lanka hyped up Tamil Tiger postwar threat

Cables reveal Sri Lanka hyped up Tamil Tiger postwar threat

In November 2010, a Sri Lankan member of Parliament expressed his dismay when a small statue of a leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was erected on private property in a Paris suburb. It was an alarming sign, said Sarath Weerasekara, a …

IMF rules out fresh bailout for Sri Lanka

IMF rules out fresh bailout for Sri Lanka

The IMF on Wednesday (Mar 4) ruled out a fresh bail-out for Sri Lanka, which had hoped to secure loans of more than US$4.0 billion to restructure expensive debt taken on by the previous regime. Much of the country’s post-war infrastructure under the administration of …

Concerns of the Tamil people will be addressed

Concerns of the Tamil people will be addressed

Addressing the Coordinating Committee of the Jaffna District, on Tuesday 03 March President Maithripala Sirisena stated ‘Our government is determined to address the concerns of the Tamil community and effect redress. We have taken initial steps in that direction to resolve the problem of land acquisition …

Politicians have fanned the embers of communalism

Politicians have fanned the embers of communalism

The Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C V Wigneswaran told the President at the Northern Province Coordinating Committee meeting in Jaffna on 03 March 2015, that whilst there was a need for adequate devolution across the island, the problems facing the North-East were different to the …

UN urges release of Tamil prisoners ahead of war probe

UN urges release of Tamil prisoners ahead of war probe

A top UN official HAS urged Sri Lanka’s new government to immediately release Tamil detainees and demilitarise former conflict areas to build confidence ahead of a fresh probe into alleged war crimes. Jeffrey Feltman, the UN’s under secretary general for political affairs, said the government …

UN official urges Sri Lanka to seize ‘historic moment’ for reconciliation

UN official urges Sri Lanka to seize ‘historic moment’ for reconciliation

The United Nations will stand with the people and leaders of Sri Lanka as the country forges ahead along the path to reconciliation, the Organization’s top political official said today, as he voiced encouragement at the Government’s ongoing commitment to promote accountability and human rights …

Scandal surrounding HSBC’s Swiss bank

Scandal surrounding HSBC’s Swiss bank

Pressure on HSBC mounted on Wednesday when prosecutors in Switzerland announced a money-laundering investigation into its Geneva-based private banking subsidiary and raided its offices in the city. Prosecutors said the investigation into “suspected aggravated money laundering” was prompted by “the recent published revelations” about the …

TNA Invited to form the Government in the East

TNA Invited to form the Government in the East

Ten members of the United People’s Freedom Alliance ( UPFA) who supported the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress invited  the Tamil National Alliance to form the Government Administration in the East. They had announced that they have withdrawn the support to the SLMC. The UPFA members had …

OISL report will be released in Sept

OISL report will be released in Sept

The UN Under-Secretary General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, assured the North’s chief minister, C V Wigneswaran during the meeting in Jaffna on 02 March 2015, that the OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka would definitely be released in September. The Chief Minister Mr. C.V. Wigneswaran, expressing …

Kerry hails UNHRC on Sri Lanka

Kerry hails UNHRC on Sri Lanka

Addressing the High Level segment of the 28th session of the UNHRC, which began on 02 March 2015, US Secretary of State John Kerry,  hailed the role played by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Sri Lanka. Mr Kerry noted that there is an opportunity …