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JUNE 7, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 62


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Sri Lanka, UN duel over wartime investigations
CSM, June 8. Bangkok, Thailand – One year after Sri Lanka’s decisive victory over Tamil insurgents, controversy still swirls over the bloody end to the 26-year civil war.

Sri Lankan officials argue that they defeated an outlawed terrorist group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which had refused to make peace. They insist that their military strategy was legitimate and had popular support. Political leaders have drawn parallels to America's wartime actions and asked why nobody calls Western powers to account for civilian suffering.

Critics say both parties to the conflict violated international humanitarian laws and terrorized trapped civilians. Human rights groups have called for an international inquiry into the war’s final stages, when tens of thousands of civilians may have died during repeated shelling by government forces of designated no-fire zones. More...">More...
Published: Mon Jun 7 21:31:43 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka president meets Tamil political leaders
AP, June 8. COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka's president met ethnic Tamil leaders on Monday and promised a political solution to a protracted ethnic conflict for the first time since his forces ended the country's 25-year civil war last year.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Rajavarothayam Sambanthan, leader of Tamil National Alliance, and asked them to trust him to deliver a solution, the prDiscuss this storyesident's office said in a statement. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 7 22:08:19 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Rajapaksa to brief India on resettlement
Hindu, June 8. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa leaves on a three-day official visit to India on Tuesday for detailed discussions with his interlocutors in New Delhi on the post-war political situation in the island nation.

The visit, first since Mr. Rajapaksa was re-elected President in January, assumes added importance in view of concerns in India about the welfare of the nearly three lakh war displaced Tamil civilians.

Mr. Rajapaksa is expected to brief Indian leaders on the initiatives taken by his government to forge a consensus on a political solution to the ethnic conflict and exchange views on expansion of cooperation in economy and defence. More...Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 7 22:10:20 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan government threatens to execute Sarath Fonseka
Guardian, June 7. The Sri Lankan government is threatening to execute Sarath Fonseka, the army commander who delivered victory over the Tamil Tigers, if he continues to suggest top officials may have ordered war crimes during the final hours of the civil war... Back to the top

ICC says Sri Lanka World Cup venues on track
afp, June 8. COLOMBO (AFP) – Sri Lanka's new venues for next year's World Cup are on track but the refurbishment of an existing stadium is behind schedule, the International Cricket Council said on Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lankan ruling party to offer award to president
Xinhua, june 7. Sri Lanka's ruling party the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) will offer an award to its leader and President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a senior party official said on Sunday... Back to the top

Rajapaksa, Sri Lankan film personalities stay away from IIFA fete
Hindu, June 7. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the island nation's film personalities stayed away from the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards ceremony that went on till the early hours of Sunday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's president to visit India
DPA, June 7. Colombo - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is to begin a three-day visit to India Tuesday and will meet with his counterpart Pratibha Patil and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh... Back to the top

Sri Lankan opposition party to press for Fonseka's release
Xinhua, june 7. An opposition party in Sri Lanka has planned to hold a religious ceremony on Tuesday to demand the release of former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka who is in military custody over allegations of violating the military law while in uniform... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rise in May
Xinhua, june 7. COLOMBO, June 6 (Xinhua) -- Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals continued its upward trend in May with 35,213 foreign visitors in the usually off-season month, officials from Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) said on Sunday... Back to the top

Karuna Amman warns arm groups in the East
Hindustan Times, June 06, 2010. Making it clear that Sri Lankan government will not tolerate any groups in the east carrying arms, former Prabhakaran aide and now a Union minister Karuna Amman asked them to disarm themselves... Back to the top

One Billion Rupees For IIFA Awards 2010
Cebu Chronicle, June 06, 2010. We just heard over at The Sunday Leader that the Sri Lankan Government has spent almost Rs... Back to the top

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