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Cry for Self-Rule by Sri Lanka’s Tamils Is Muffled by Reality
NYT, Feb 8. JAFFNA, Sri Lanka — Jaffna is a city of ruins. Some are physical, like the overgrown jumbles of mold-streaked concrete where graceful buildings used to stand. But perhaps the biggest ruin of the Tamil Tiger insurgency against the Sri Lankan government is the very thing the Tigers wanted most: any hope of self-rule. After 26 years of war that ended with a decisive government assault last May, Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority seems no closer to winning a measure of autonomy in a Sinhalese-dominated nation, and Tamil nationalism, the cri de coeur of the Tamil Tiger insurgency, seems all but dead.

“All of this armed struggle, so many dead and wounded, for what?” said P. Balasundarampillai, who leads the Citizen Committee in this city on the claw-shaped peninsula of the northern Tamil heartland. “In many spheres of public life our role is very much reduced. Economically we are weak, and politically we are weak.” More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 7 22:36:50 EST 2010

Lanka not to allow even UN to probe war crimes
ENS, Feb 7. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa told a foreign news channel that his country would not allow even the United Nations (UN) to investigate the alleged war crimes committed during the last phase of the Eelam war.

“I will not allow any investigation by the UN or any other country. There is nothing wrong happening in this country. I am the Secretary of Defense. Take it from me, we will not allow any investigation,” Gotabaya told the Asia Today programme. He pointed out that the Sri Lankan public did not want any investigation, as there was no reason to have one.

ACTION AGAINST FONSEKA UNDER ARMY ACT: Gotabaya denied that the government was itching to arrest the former Army Commander and joint Opposition candidate, Gen Sarath Fonseka, out of political vendetta. If Fonseka was talking of arrest, it was his “imagination” he said.

“He (Fonseka) has made many mistakes. He has divulged certain sensitive information to the public and spoken about them in public meetings. He has accused me of doing certain things. This is very wrong. Action might be taken against him for this under the laws of the country. There is the Army Act or other penal laws (which can be invoked,” Gotabaya added. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 7 22:35:48 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan Parliament likely to be dissolved soon
hindu, feb 7. COLOMBO: Following the extension of emergency laws by another month on Friday, the Sri Lankan Parliament is all set to be dissolved in the next few days and the general election is scheduled to be held in the first half of April.

“A formal announcement on dissolution of Parliament constituted in 2004 would be made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa next week after his return from his first official trip on his re-election to Russia beginning today [Saturday],” Minister of Constitutional Affairs and National Integration, D.E.W. Gunasekara told The Hindu.

Asked about the fate of the emergency laws, Mr. Gunasekara said, “The President has the discretion to extend them through an executive order which needs to be ratified within a month by the new Parliament. It is entirely up to the President to make a determination on whether to go for an executive order to keep alive the emergency laws or let them lapse and wait for the new Parliament to take the necessary action.” More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Feb 7 13:14:30 EST 2010 Back to the top

Should India Bat for Tamils in Sri Lanka?
Forbes, Feb 8. With Tamils in Sri Lanka beaten on all fronts, the time has come for India to intervene decisively Somebody once said democracy is the right to choose your dictator... Back to the top

ens, Feb 8. COIMBATORE: The World Tamils Protection Conference has threatened to send one lakh youth from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka to agitate if the island nation fails to resettle the 3.50 lakh Lankan Tamils from Mulveli camp at their respective villages within 100 days... Back to the top

Sri Lanka army denies plan to arrest former chief
AP, Feb 7. Sri Lanka's military denied Sunday a newspaper report that former army chief and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka will be tried in a military court for allegedly planning to assassinate the president and take power... Back to the top

Media persons may be quizzed over 'coup plot' by Fonseka
HT, Feb 7. Sri Lankan authorities are likely to question several media persons, who were present at a Colombo hotel during defeated opposition presidential candidate Gen Sartah Fonseka's stay there, over the alleged plot by him to stage a coup and assassinate incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa... Back to the top

'Court martial' looms for S.Lanka's defeated candidate
AFP, feb 7. COLOMBO (AFP) – Defeated Sri Lankan presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka could be hauled before a court martial to answer charges of plotting a coup to topple the government, a press report said Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka under fire after extends emergency rule
AFP, Feb 6. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka faced criticism Saturday for extending a state of emergency giving sweeping powers to security forces to detain suspects ahead of parliamentary elections due by April... Back to the top

Russia to lend post-war Sri Lanka $300 mln for arms
Reuters, feb 6. COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa left on Saturday for Moscow, where he will sign a $300 million (192 million pound) loan to buy military equipment from Russia, despite an end to his country's quarter-century civil war... Back to the top

Sri Lankan poll observer calls for more minority votes
new kerala, Feb 6. Colombo, Feb 6 : A Sri Lankan election monitoring group Saturday urged the political parties to encourage more people from the minority population to vote in the upcoming parliamentary polls... Back to the top

Lankan forces bust Prabhakaran's hideout, recover weapons
ht, feb 6. Sri Lankan security forces have busted a hideout used by slain LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran during the last phase of the 30-year-old civil war and recovered weapons and files containing "classified information" from it... Back to the top

International community should up the pressure on Sri Lanka, experts say
dw, feb 6. Sri Lanka's president Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday he acted in his country's best interests by rejecting international accusations of human rights abuses towards the end of the quarter-century civil war with Tamil Tiger separatists... Back to the top

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