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MAY 25, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 49


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S.Lanka urges US business focus, not just rights
afp, may 26. WASHINGTON — Sri Lanka's new Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris has urged Washington to seize business and other opportunities in post-war Sri Lanka rather than focus only on alleged human rights abuses there. Visiting Washington after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse won a resounding re-election victory in January, Peiris parried criticism from human rights activists and others as he began a weeklong visit to push for closer ties. More...
Published: Tue May 25 22:30:06 EDT 2010

Rights group wants UN panel on Sri Lanka
ap, may 26. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A human rights group has asked the United Nations not to abandon seeking accountability for alleged abuses in Sri Lanka's civil war. Human Rights Watch said in a statement seen Tuesday that Sri Lanka's recent appointment of a commission apparently to look into the events of the last stages of the country's quarter-century civil war was only an attempt to deflect international attention. More...
Published: Tue May 25 22:34:08 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka steps up pressure against foreign war panel
bbc, may 26. Sri Lanka's government has stepped up diplomatic pressure against UN attempts to investigate its conduct in the against Tamil Tiger rebels. But UN chief Ban Ki-moon says that he is still working on setting up a panel of experts to advise him on Sri Lanka's human rights accountability. Sri Lanka's foreign minister has said it would have no "moral justification". More...
Published: Tue May 25 22:30:55 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka shuts rehab camp for rebel child soldiers
afp, may 26. COLOMBO, May 25 (AFP) - Sri Lanka on Tuesday closed a camp holding former Tamil Tiger child soldiers, but 52 of the youths will stay in government care to complete their education, an official said... Back to the top

Protests in Sri Lanka over proposed trade pact with India
afp, may 26. COLOMBO (AFP) – Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in the capital Colombo Tuesday demanding Sri Lanka's government abandon a proposed trade pact with neighbouring India... Back to the top

Sri Lanka opposes international investigations into civil war
ep, may 26. Colombo – Sri Lanka opposes any international efforts to investigate its conduct in the civil war that ended last year, thegovernment said Tuesday... Back to the top

Worcestershire snap up Sri Lanka's big hitter Sanath Jayasuriya for Friends Provident Twenty20 campaign
mailonline, may 26. Worcestershire have signed veteran Sri Lanka batsman and left-arm spinner Sanath Jayasuriya for part of the forthcoming Friends Provident Twenty20 campaign... Back to the top

South Africa to assist widowed women in North Lanka
pti, may 26. Colombo, May 25 (PTI) The South African government will assist Sri Lanka to uplift the living standards of women widowed during the three-decade-long war between security forces and the LTTE in the Northern Province and help in their children's education... Back to the top

Lanka lauds India's 'brilliant' economic decisions
rediff, may 26. Hailing India'ssuccessful economic policies, Sri Lankan finance minister has said Colombo should take a cue from its neigbour to accelerate growth... Back to the top

LTTE pose threat to Indian VVIPs: India, may 25. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) might be militarily decimated in Sri Lanka but big neighbour India is not taking any chance... Back to the top

EU might not revoke Sri Lanka trade boon-minister
reuters, May 25. UNITED NATIONS, May 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka could still avoid the withdrawal of European Union trade concessions over its human rights record following two rounds of talks with Brussels, the Asian country's foreign minister said on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says Iran May Lend $1.5 Billion to Expand Refinery
Bloomberg, May 25. May 24 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka, which imports all its oil, may get a $1.5 billion loan from Iran to fully fund a project to double capacity at the South Asian island’s only refinery, the petroleum minister said... Back to the top

Key political risks to watch as Sri Lanka mulls reforms
GulfTimes, may 25. Sri Lanka has just celebrated the first anniversary of victory over the Tamil Tiger separatists, which ended a three-decade war and ushered the Indian Ocean nation into the ranks of Asia’s emerging frontier markets... Back to the top

Head off the phantom Tigers’ Canadian base - Editorial
Globe and Mail, May 25. A secessionist Tamil government-in-exile, with the largest bloc made up of Canadian Tamils, will not improve the life of their brethren in Sri Lanka, and will only succeed in impeding that country’s ability to rebuild after its recent bloody history... Back to the top

Vettori: US a success, may 25. New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has declared the drawn two match Twenty20 series in Florida a success, despite concerns over the pitch... Back to the top

No visa rule again from July
The Star, may 25. PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will once again offer transit travellers from Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh a chance to visit the country without the need for a visa... Back to the top

Teen runaway Rifqa Bary now fighting cancer
Orlando Sentinal, may 25. Fathima Rifqa Bary, the Muslim teenager from Columbus, Ohio, who converted to Christianity and ran away to Orlando, is being treated for uterine cancer... Back to the top

Is the U.N. complicit in Sri Lankan war crimes?
Foreign Policy, May 25. Louise Arbour, the head of the International Crisis Group, called for an internal review of the U... Back to the top

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