Monthly Archives: February 2018

Political crisis debilitates bilateral ties in the region

Political crisis debilitates bilateral ties in the region

The dramatic defeat of the ruling coalition in the landmark February 10 local bodies’ elections, has had a major impact on the political and economic situation in Sri Lanka.And it is bound to have an impact on Sri Lanka’s bilateral relations with the other countries …

Sri Lanka made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF

Sri Lanka made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF

As part of its on-going review of compliance with the AML/CFT standards, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) said that since November 2017, when Sri Lanka made a high-level political commitment to work with the FATF and APG to strengthen the effectiveness of its AML/CFT …

Forgive, forget spirit at Katchatheevu

Forgive, forget spirit at Katchatheevu

A spirit of forget and forgive, to foster reconciliation and bonhomie between the Tamils and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka marked the two-day annual thanks-giving festival by fishermen and others from both countries at the St Antony’s church in Katchatheevu islet in Palk straits on Saturday. …

Adhere to commitments

Adhere to commitments

The ITAK, in a media release following a meeting of the Central Committee has ‘urged the Government of Sri Lanka to strictly adhere to the commitments it has made to the International community in bringing lasting peace and political solution to the national question’. They …

UN Human Rights Commissioner requests member states to “explore other avenues

UN Human Rights Commissioner requests member states to “explore other avenues

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in his report on Sri Lanka to the 37th session of the Human Rights Council, from 26 February to 23 March 2018, reiterates his appreciation for the constructive engagement of the Government of …

A worried India

A worried India

The fresh political crisis in Sri Lanka should have New Delhi concerned. The strong showing by the opposition Sri Lanka People’s Front, led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, has widened fissures in the ruling coalition between the Sri Lanka Freedom Party, led by President Maithripala …

Karuna says must merge North and East

Karuna says must merge North and East

Leader of Tamil United Freedom Front (TUFF) Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman said he would become an ally of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) and convince former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to merge the North and the East and fully implement the LLRC recommendations, if …

Post-poll manoeuvres

Post-poll manoeuvres

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham/Daily Express: The outcome of last week’s local government elections, one that had elicited unprecedented interest both locally and internationally, sent shock waves through the Sri Lankan polity. And the initial phase of the domino effect it has had on the political front …

Reconfiguring Tamil politics

Reconfiguring Tamil politics

With a banner sporting a picture of Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) founder S.J.V. Chelvanayakam in the background, senior Tamil leader R. Sampanthan made a fervent appeal in an election rally in Jaffna. “Unity”, he said, “is the only weapon we have now.” Days ahead …

Plunging the country into uncertainty

Plunging the country into uncertainty

Sri Lanka is poised to become even more indebted to Beijing with the return of pro-China ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after his newly formed Sri Lanka People’s Front won a landslide victory at Saturday’s local government elections. The victory for the party could see Sri Lanka …