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APRIL 11, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 5


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'Respect mandate' world urged
BBC, April 11, 2010. The US and India were first among to congratulate the Sri Lankan government on election victory while the government urged the international community to recognise and respect the peoples mandate for ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

The government spokesman Dulles Alahapperuma told BBC Sandeshaya that there have been attempts by “certain international forces” to discredit the government ignoring the scope of people’s mandate.

Now that the voters in Sri Lanka have clearly spoken in the presidential and parliamentary elections, he said, the government “invites” the world to recognise it.

'Listen and respect'

President Mahinda Rajapaksa secured a sweeping victory over his main rival, Gen Sarath Fonse,p. More...
Published: Sun Apr 11 17:29:38 EDT 2010

A worldwide boycott of Sri Lanka
Guardian, April 11, 2010. David Miliband, the foreign secretary, said in his speech at the Global Tamil Forum conference in February: "It [political reconciliation] will require you to speak up for a vision of a decent Sri Lanka that respects all its people and it will require you to speak up for a spirit that recognises that if people can not find a way to live together they will drift apart."

However, Sri Lanka's president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, at one of his election campaign rallies in the north of Sri Lanka – which is part of the Tamil homeland – raised his voice in anger last week and shouted in Sinhala: "We are Sinhalese and I am Sinhalese – you listen Tamils!", as the crowd hooted at him to express their frustration and despair about his policies.

The tone and the words used shows the president's attitude towards a community that he claims to represent. Imagine a similar utterance by America's Barack Obama, Britain's Gordon Brown – or for that matter, India's Manmohan Singh – against a ethnic minority community in their respective countries. More...
Published: Sun Apr 11 14:14:52 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan leader promises peace after poll win
AP, April 10. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose party cemented his political dominance by winning a majority in parliamentary elections, promised Saturday to bring peace and prosperity to a nation battered by decades of civil war.

Rajapaksa said in a statement that his party's victory in Thursday's elections encourages the government's policies on "peace and reconciliation, reconstruction, greater infrastructure development." More...Discuss this story
Published: Sat Apr 10 09:57:45 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka president pledges reconciliation, development
REuters, April 10, 2010. By C. Bryson Hull

COLOMBO, April 10 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa promised progress toward reconciliation and development on Saturday, the day after his ruling alliance won a legislative majority that leaves him firmly in control of the nation... Back to the top

S.Lanka ruling party celebrates election landslide
afp, April 10. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's ruling party on Saturday celebrated its landslide victory in the country's first peacetime parliamentary polls since crushing separatist Tamil rebels, but the opposition cried foul... Back to the top

Sri Lanka elections buoy ruling party; Tamils sidelined
CSM, April 10. New Delhi – Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition holds a strong lead in Thursday’s parliamentary elections, buoying a government that aims to prioritize economic development over political reconciliation following decades of civil war... Back to the top

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