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MARCH 13, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 10, NO. 341


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Panel to study cause of conflict in Sri Lanka
Hindu, March 14. COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to appoint a “committee” to study the root cause of the ethnic conflict, lessons learnt since sections of Tamils took to militancy to gain their rights in the mid-seventies and challenges faced since the military defeat of the LTTE in May last year, said Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe here on Friday. Asked if the committee would cover the circumstances leading to the deployment of the IPKF and the 1989 Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) second insurgency, the Minister said: “Yes, it would be a comprehensive study covering all aspects.” More...
Published: Sat Mar 13 21:54:30 EST 2010

Sri Lankan Tamil party to campaign for federal solution
Xinhua, March 14. Sri Lanka's main ethnic Tamil party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in its manifesto for the forthcoming parliamentary election has called for a federal structure as the solution to the island's ethnic issue, sources close to the TNA said on Saturday. The TNA has called for extensive power sharing arrangement within a unit of a merged northern and eastern provinces under a federal structure, saying this arrangement will help to attract direct foreign investment to the two provinces traditionally dominated by Tamils. More...
Published: Sat Mar 13 21:52:35 EST 2010 Back to the top

Canada asks Sri Lanka to start talks with Tamil groups
HT, MArch 12. Canada has asked Sri Lanka to start talks and the reconciliation process with the Tamil groups, saying such a step is crucial for lasting peace in the country.

"After 30 years of war, reconciliation is crucial for lasting peace in Sri Lanka. Canada awaits to see what steps the Government of Sri Lanka will take towards this reconciliation," Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, told Sri Lanka's new High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara during a meeting. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Mar 12 09:52:17 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief charged for politics in uniform
afp, march 12. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's military Thursday announced court martial proceedings against its former chief Sarath Fonseka for engaging in politics while in uniform and violating military procurement laws... Back to the top

2009 Human Rights Report: Sri Lanka
US State Dept, March 11, 2010. Sri Lanka is a constitutional, multiparty republic with a population estimated at 21 million... Back to the top

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