Monthly Archives: September 2016

Road to Nandikadal

Road to Nandikadal

Battle-hardened soldier Maj. Gen. Kamal Gunaratne, who has shed his Army uniform which he wore for 35 years, yesterday urged political leaders of the country to maintain the hard-earned peace. Maj. Gen. Gunaratne, who is credited for commanding his troops of the 53 Division to …

Victims of conflict cannot wait forever

Victims of conflict cannot wait forever

The UN Chief who was in Sri Lanka for a three-day official visit told journalists in Colombo that the reconciliation will not be accomplished overnight and profound transformations in democratic societies necessarily take time. “It is a complex process that requires continuous nurturing.” He said …

More can and should be done to address the legacy of the past

More can and should be done to address the legacy of the past

In his first visit to Sri Lanka since the end of its civil war seven years ago, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the country’s steps towards peace and reconciliation, while also highlighting the importance of and need for more progress with human rights and …

Devolution is not partition

Devolution is not partition

In a brief telephone interview with the Sunday Observer, the Opposition Leader expressed his views on the extent of further devolution to be negotiated and the TNA’s meeting with the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. While sticking to the basic Tamil political position for ‘greater …

Ban fails to commit himself explicitly to having foreign judges

Ban fails to commit himself explicitly to having foreign judges

The visiting UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has not committed himself explicitly to the UN Human Rights Council’s demand that Sri Lanka should incorporate foreign judges in the Judicial Mechanism to be set up to try war crimes cases. Asked pointedly on his stand on …

Prime Minister meets Biswal

Prime Minister meets Biswal

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday met US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal in Singapore where they discussed about current political, economic and social developments in the South Asian region. They have also discussed about the current situation in …

Geneva resolution must be implemented

Geneva resolution must be implemented

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in a meeting on Friday in Jaffna that he fully realises the Tamil people’s expectation of justice and that it must include international involvement, the TNA’s spokesperson, M A Sumanthiran told reporters …

Ban backs foreign expertise on transnational justice

Ban backs foreign expertise on transnational justice

Extending warm praise to the Government’s efforts to foster reconciliation, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday nonetheless backed infusion of foreign expertise into Sri Lanka’s transitional justice process to bring closure to thousands affected by the three decade war. Ban, on a three-day official …

Sri Lankas Lingering War Legacy

Sri Lankas Lingering War Legacy

Disappearances, resettlement and detentions under the country’s draconian anti-terror legislation – all lingering issues from a 26 year civil war – took centre stage yesterday as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited the formerly embattled Northern Province for the first time since 2009. During his …

Lanka needs to do more

Lanka needs to do more

UN chief Ban Ki-moon today said the Sri Lankan government needs to do much more to redress the “wrongs of the past” and to restore the “legitimacy and accountability” of key institutions such as the judiciary and security services after decades of bloodshed with the …