Monthly Archives: September 2015

Modi Stresses on Deeper Defence Ties with Sri Lanka

Modi Stresses on Deeper Defence Ties with Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday discussed a wide range of issues, including reconciliation of Tamils, defence ties and economic cooperation. In his statement, Modi said Sri Lanka “has voted twice this year for change, reforms, reconciliation and …

America’s Sri Lankan Dilemma

America’s Sri Lankan Dilemma

Mangala Samaraweera, Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister, is a persuasive and very probably sincere man. On Monday, he delivered a keynote speech to the opening session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in which he spoke of reconciliation, hope, and a peaceful future for …

Only India can pull Sri Lanka out of trouble

Only India can pull Sri Lanka out of trouble

Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is neither a stranger to the inner circle of New Delhi politics nor an unfamiliar personality in the North Block. However, during the last one year, his profile has undergone a welcome makeover. This seasoned political leader, known more …

Depreciation alone will not slow vehicle imports

Depreciation alone will not slow vehicle imports

The Sri Lankan rupee depreciation will not be sufficient to slow the demand for vehicles, JB Securities stated in its latest research report. “The primary factor fuelling the demand for vehicles is credit – once the gold bubble burst vehicles was the only remaining collateral …

A South Africa-style truth and reconciliation commission

A South Africa-style truth and reconciliation commission

Sri Lanka’s new government said on Monday it was setting up a South Africa-style truth and reconciliation commission to look into atrocities during its civil war, as it came under renewed pressure to prosecute perpetrators. South Africa, which confronted its own apartheid-era crimes through such …

Bridging the trust deficit

Bridging the trust deficit

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrived in New Delhi yesterday (September 14) on a three-day bilateral visit, his first international visit after taking over as Prime Minister last month. Mr. Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) together with its allies secured a near-majority in the …

Mr. Mangala Samaraweera addresses UN Human Rights Council

Mr. Mangala Samaraweera addresses UN Human Rights Council

Mr. President High Commissioner for Human Rights Excellencies Distinguished delegates I would like to begin by thanking you, and the members of the Council for the trust reposed in Sri Lanka at the 28th Session and agreeing to defer the release of the Report of …

UNHRC Chief says OHCHR findings are of the most serious nature

UNHRC Chief says OHCHR findings are of the most serious nature

In his opening statement at the 30 Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva,  on 14 September 2015, referring to Sri Lanka  Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said, “Six years ago, we were confronted with serious violations and …

Informal meetings on Sri Lanka at UNHRC

Informal meetings on Sri Lanka at UNHRC

Several informal meetings on Sri Lanka have been scheduled at the UN building in Geneva on the sidelines of the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council which begins today. Leading human rights groups Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are among those who …

Tamils on march seeking International Probe

Tamils on march seeking International Probe

A group of radical Tamils led by Northern Provincial Council (NPC) members M.K.Shivaji Lingam and Ananthi Sasitharan are at the tail end of their four day march from Kilinochchi to Jaffna, demanding an international inquiry into the charges of war crimes against the Sri Lankan …