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Jettison LTTE agenda, Diaspora told
hindu, Feb 25. COLOMBO: The International Crisis Group (ICG) has urged the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora to jettison the failed Tamil Eelam agenda of the LTTE. Instead, they should pursue the quest for a just peace in a united Sri Lanka. The Brussels-based independent NGO has a branch here.

In its 29-page report titled “The Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora after the LTTE”, the ICG is blunt in its assertion that after 26 years of exhaustion from the war, an overwhelming majority of Sri Lankan Tamils has no stomach for return to militant politics. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Feb 24 21:42:25 EST 2010

Sri Lanka crackdown shreds hopes of reconciliation
sify, feb 25. In the afterglow of his thumping re-election last month, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse promised to build a strong and unified country that would consign its 37-year civil war to the past.

Instead, his government launched a sweeping crackdown that has seen the man he defeated at the polls, former army chief Sarath Fonseka, taken into military custody, and other opposition figures and senior journalists arrested.

The clampdown disappointed those who had hoped Rajapakse would be magnanimous in victory, with the opposition labelling it a purge against anyone deemed to have supported Fonseka's challenge for the presidency.

Accusations of coup plots and other conspiracies have fuelled a belief among some observers that Rajapakse, despite routing his rival at the ballot box, remains paranoid about dissent and intent on augmenting his already substantial executive powers. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Feb 24 21:40:30 EST 2010 Back to the top

Miliband addresses Global Tamil Forum, Lanka fumes
HT, Feb 25. A new chill settled on the diplomatic relation between Sri Lanka and Britain as British Foreign Secretary David Miliband addressed a Parliament meeting of the Global Tamil Forum on Wednesday. The forum is known to campaign for a separate Tamil nation in Sri Lanka.

In Colombo, Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama summoned acting British High Commissioner Mark Gooding to lodge its “strong protest” against Miliband’s participation at the meeting.

Bogollagama alleged that the Global Tamil Forum was an umbrella organisation of the p Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). He added that any Foreign Secretary’s physical presence at such a forum would give legitimacy to an organisation with a separatist agenda for Sri Lanka. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Feb 24 21:37:58 EST 2010 Back to the top

Lanka resettles over 1,000 Tamils in north
PTI, Feb 25. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has resettled over 1,000 displaced Tamils in their towns and village in the country's war-torn northern region... Back to the top

Restored library in Sri Lanka signals hope for Tamil minority
CSM, Feb 25. Decades of civil strife have left their mark on Jaffna, the heartland of Sri Lanka’s Tamil minority... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger defeat could lead to bombings here, report says
NationalPost, Feb 25. Canadian security officials are concerned that last year's defeat of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels could trigger attacks like the 1985 Air India bombings, says a new report... Back to the top

UNP fails to woo Fonseka; Lanka polls to witness 3-cornered fight
DNA, Feb 24. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's main opposition UNP has failed in its last-ditch effort to convince detained ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka to contest the April 8 parliamentary poll under the front led by it, setting the stage for a three-cornered fight also involving a JVP-dominated alliance and the ruling UPFA... Back to the top

Sink or swim for Lankan opposition
HT, Feb 24. Time is running out for the beleaguered opposition in Sri Lanka as it readies for the April 8 general election... Back to the top

The dangers of triumphalism -Opinion
Dawn, Feb 24. Sri Lanka had barely recovered from the bruising presidential election that saw the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa win with a landslide that it finds itself preparing for the general elections on April 8... Back to the top

Fonseka's wife to campaign in Sri Lankan election
NewKerala, Feb 24. Colombo, Feb 24 : The wife of Sri Lanka's detained former army general and defeated presidential candidate Sarath Fonseka will campaign in the forthcoming parliamentary election on behalf of her husband, Xinhua reported Tuesday... Back to the top

The Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora after the LTTE
Alertnet, Feb 24. Colombo/Brussels, 23 February 2010: Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora groups should move away, once and for all, from the failed agenda of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and instead put their energies into the quest for a sustainable and just peace in a united Sri Lanka... Back to the top

Anti-Sonia Sri Lankan Tamils party formed
ens, feb 24. COLOMBO: Some former members of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) headed by N Srikantha, have formed a new anti-Sonia Gandhi Tamil party called Tamil National Liberation Alliance (TNLA) to contest the April 8 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections... Back to the top

Miliband risks Sri Lanka’s wrath to support Global Tamil Forum
Times, Feb 24. Relations between Britain and Sri Lanka are likely to hit a new low after David Miliband addresses a meeting of Tamil activists from around the world at the Houses of Parliament today... Back to the top

Stroke of Genius: Sri Lankan student grows into prolific artist
DailySkiff, feb 24. In a sun-bright studio, surrounded by paintings saturated in vibrant colors, a lone artist stoops to pour acrylic paint into opaque blobs on a white canvas... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court refuses to free Fonseka
afp, Feb 23. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's Supreme Court refused Tuesday to order the release of detained opposition leader and former army chief Sarath Fonseka as it deliberates a petition challenging his arrest by the military... Back to the top

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