The Lanka Academic

MAY 29, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 53


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Sri Lanka president rejects war crimes probe
afp, May 29. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has rejected international calls for a war crimes probe into the final offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels last year. In an interview with the Al-Jazeera television news network on Thursday, Rajapakse said he would not tolerate any outside review of a campaign that he insisted was solely aimed at "defeating terrorism". "I don't want my internal matters to be inquired by any other country or any other NGOs. We will look after that," Rajapakse said. More...
Published: Sat May 29 15:26:05 EDT 2010

ADB’s Kuroda Says Sri Lanka Should Cut Deficit to Spur Growth
bloomberg, May 29. May 29 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka should reduce its budget deficit to sustain growth in the island’s economy, which may expand 6 percent this year, Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda said. “Macro-economic stability is crucial for sustained economic growth,” Kuroda told reporters in Colombo yesterday. Sri Lanka plans to nearly halve its budget shortfall in three years as economic growth accelerates following the end of a 26-year civil war in the country, Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera said April 6. The budget gap may narrow to 5 percent of gross domestic product by 2012, from 9.7 percent in 2009 and an estimated 7.5 percent in 2010, he said. More...
Published: Sat May 29 15:25:15 EDT 2010 Back to the top

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 Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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