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US wants Sri Lanka to follow rule of land in Sarath Fonseka's arrest
toi, feb 23. WASHINGTON: A top Obama Administration official said the US is not satisfied with the manner in which the Rajapaksa government has handled the issue former Sri Lankan Army chief General Fonseka's arrest and hoped that Colombo would follow the rules of the land in this case.

"So far I think it has been less than we might have hoped for, but we have certainly encouraged the government of Sri Lanka to ensure that he is charged promptly, as you said, and that everything is handled in accordance with Sri Lankan law as they move forward," the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake told BBC.

Blake, who was the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka earlier, refrained to make any comment on the charges against General Fonseka saying that he has not seen them.

"We have encouraged the government to make public as quickly as possible what those charges are," he said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 22 22:19:09 EST 2010

SRI LANKA: Post-Election Protests Fail to Get Wide Support
IPS, Feb 23. COLOMBO, Feb 22, 2010 (IPS) - Street protests that erupted in Colombo and other cities following the Feb. 8 arrest of defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka have yet to gain wider support from non-political groups.

The protests did in fact begin on a fiery tone when around 2,500 pro- Fonseka protestors chased down by pro-government supporters braved tear gas and water cannons to hold their first rally near the country’s highest court on Feb. 10. They vowed to continue the movement until the former Army commander is released.

Fonseka was arrested on charges of corruption and attempts to topple the government while he was in public office.

The government has maintained that there is no political motivation behind the arrest of Fonseka. "We have repeatedly said that there is no political motive behind this. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 22 20:22:18 EST 2010 Back to the top

US can't afford to disengage with Lanka
rediff, feb 23. A leading Washington, DC-based think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, notwithstanding the arrest of retired Sri Lankan Army General Sarath Fonseka who challenged President Mahinda Rajapakse [ Images ] at the recent elections, and the country's poor record on human rights and its treatment of several thousand internally displaced persons, has said that the United States cannot afford to disengage with the island nation.

In a paper titled 'Sri Lanka's Election: A Clear Mandate,' the CSIS South Asia bureau, which is headed by former diplomat Teresita Schaffer, who served for nearly three decades in South Asian capitals, including a stint as US ambassador to Sri Lanka, said, Rajapakse's recent victory -- which has been called into question in certain quarters with Fonseka alleging it was rigged 'presents an opportunity to rebuild a nation devastated by a protracted, separatist war.' More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Feb 22 20:20:37 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sarath Fonseka to lead new alliance
hindu, feb 23. Defeated opposition presidential candidate General (retired) Sarath Fonseka was on Monday named the leader of the newly floated Democratic National Alliance (DNA), of which the ultra-nationalist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna would be a key constituent... Back to the top

A valuable insight into Sri Lanka’s peace process -Book Review
ThaiIndian, Feb 23. The book, “A Powderkeg in Paradise”, is not a historical account of the Tamil separatist campaign that bled Sri Lanka for a quarter century before the military finally decimated the Tamil Tigers in May 2009... Back to the top

Fonseka to contest Lanka parliamentary polls
Rediff, Feb 22. Defeated opposition presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka, currently under army custody, will lead the Democratic National Alliance in the April 8 parliamentary polls and contest from capital Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's opposition invites Fonseka to contest polls
new kerala, feb 23. Colombo, Feb 22 : Sri Lanka's main opposition party United National Party (UNP) said Monday that the door is still open for the defeated presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka to join it in the parliamentary elections April 8... Back to the top

Probe into Fonseka’s poll funds
dpa, feb 22. Sri Lanka is investigating whether foreign sources funded the campaign of defeated opposition presidential candidate General Sarath Fonseka, a newspaper report said yesterday... Back to the top

CBI requests more evidence on Prabhakaran's death from Colombo
HT, Feb 22. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has asked the Sri Lanka government to provide documentary evidence about the death of Tamil Tiger chief, V Prabhakaran, prime accused in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case of 1991... Back to the top

Sri Lanka fast becoming dangerous place for journalists, 02/22/2010. In Sri Lanka, after the defeat of the Tamil Tigers last year, some saw an opportunity for a renewed commitment to democratic reforms in the country, but the government took months to release thousands of refugees from the conflict zone... Back to the top

Rise of Sri Lankan President’s son Namal Rajapaksa sparks concern
times, feb 22. Modesty is apparently not a strong point for Namal Rajapaksa, the 23-year-old son of the Sri Lankan President and scion of Asia’s newest political dynasty... Back to the top

Rajapaksa Actions Politicise Sri Lanka Army
com, February 21. Since his re-election for a second term, President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa is clearly on a 'purging spree'... Back to the top

Lanka Tea Output to Rise as Rain Eases Dry Weather, Board Says, feb 22. Feb. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Tea production in Sri Lanka, the world’s fourth-biggest grower, may rise this year as rain in the main growing areas eases dry weather that damaged the crop last season, according to the nation’s tea board. Output may exceed 300 million kilograms, compared with 290 million kilograms in 2009, said Lalith Hettiarachchi, chairman of the Sri Lanka Tea Board... Back to the top

Tamil newspaper’s Scarborough office attacked
star, feb 22. The front window of Uthayan newspaper’s office looked like a “vehicle drove right through it” when Kula Sellathurai arrived at the scene... Back to the top

Judicial system to be reestablished in former LTTE-held towns
PTI, feb 23. COLOMBO: Over a year after liberating Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu from the LTTE, Sri Lanka will reestablish judicial system in the two districts from next month replacing two decades of 'Kangaroo Courts' run by the now vanquished Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

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