The Lanka Academic

MAY 28, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 52


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U.S.'s Clinton presses Sri Lanka on rights panel
Reuters, May 29. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Sri Lanka on Friday to ensure a new panel investigating possible rights abuses be given powers to probe any allegations of war crimes during its long civil conflict. Clinton said the United States firmly backed Sri Lanka's move to set up the new committee, but that it was crucial that the panel have both the money and the mandate to dig deep into the history of the government's almost three decade-long war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). "We expect that it will be given a broad enough mandate with the resources necessary to be able to follow the trail of any evidence that is presented," Clinton said following a meeting with Sri Lankan External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris. More...
Published: Fri May 28 14:14:07 EDT 2010

Remarks With Sri Lankan Minister of External Affairs
Newsblaze, May 28. SECRETARY CLINTON: I am delighted to welcome Dr. Peiris here to the State Department. I first met him 15 years ago when I was in Colombo, Sri Lanka. And it is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to discuss Sri Lanka's efforts to rebuild after more than two decades of violence and terrorist activity that have deprived the Sri Lankan people of the progress they deserve. Dr. Peiris is a capable, experienced public servant whose leadership is helping to move Sri Lanka toward renewal and reconciliation and, we hope, to greater peace, prosperity, and security for the future. More...
Published: Fri May 28 22:23:07 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan reconciliation panel holds promise: Hillary
afp, May 28. WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday the Sri Lankan post-war reconciliation panel “holds promise”, hoping it will have a broad mandate and resources to pursue claims of wartime atrocities. “I think this commission holds promise and we hope and expect that it will fulfill that promise,” Hillary said during a press briefing with new Sri Lankan Foreign Minister GL Peiris. “We expect it will be given a broad enough mandate with the resources necessary to be able to follow the trail of any evidence presented,” the chief US diplomat said. More...
Published: Fri May 28 22:23:57 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Impress upon Sri Lankan President need for a joint rebuilding mechanism
Hindu, May 28. Civil rights activists have urged the Union Government to impress upon Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, due to visit India on June 8, the imperative of constituting an Indo-Sri Lankan joint mechanism for meaningful rebuilding of lives of Sri Lankan Tamils... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's war displaced civilians waiting to go home
Xinhua, May 28. COLOMBO, May 27 (Xinhua)-- Sellamma Nithyaraja doesn't want to leave the welfare center in Vavuniya in northern Sri Lanka... Back to the top

UNICEF helping renovate hospitals in former LTTE areas
Zee, May 28. Colombo: A year after the defeat of the LTTE, the United Nations children's fund is actively assisting in reviving the hospitals and health facilities in the war ravaged areas of northern Sri Lanka once dominated by the Tiger rebels... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: New Panel Doesn’t Satisfy US Concerns
HRW, May 28. (New York, May 27, 2010) – Sri Lanka's new Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, to look into the armed conflict that ended last year, falls far short of minimum standards sought by the United States, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton... Back to the top

Main Buddhist festival celebrated in Sri Lanka Tamil region
Xinhua, May 28. COLOMBO, May 27 (Xinhua) -- For the first time in several decades the main Buddhist religious festival of Wesak is celebrated Thursday in the northern city of Jaffna, government officials said... Back to the top

India to Assist Lanka in Development of Air Base in Jaffna
PTI, May 28. COLOMBO - India will assist Sri Lanka in the development of the crucial Palaly air base and the Kanakesanthurai port in Jaffna peninsula, as the country works to rebuild the war-torn Tamil-dominated North... Back to the top

Sri Lanka joins opposition to Howard
Heraldsun, May 28. FORMER PM John Howard's bid for the ICC presidency has taken another hit with Sri Lanka's cricket chief declaring he would not support it... Back to the top

Can America Catch the Cricket Bug?
WSJ, May 28. For a team sport to succeed in the United States, it usually needs to have been born there... Back to the top

Sri Lankan Minister Leaves National Press Club Without Addressing Journalists
AHN, May 27. Washington, DC, United States (AHN) - Sri Lanka's minister for external affairs, G... Back to the top

Interview with Sri Lanka's FM
Politico, May 27. Almost exactly a year ago, Sri Lanka's government declared victory in its brutal 25-year long civil war against the separatist Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

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