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UN advisory panel is not fact-finding body: spokesman
Xinhua, june 25. The UN Advisory Panel of Experts is not required to visit Sri Lanka and the panel "is not a fact-finding or investigative body," a UN spokesman said on Thursday. Martin Nesirky, the spokesman for the secretary-general, made the statement in response to a question at a daily news briefing. Asked how the Advisory Panel of Experts dealing with Sri Lanka would be affected by a denial of visas to enter the island country, the spokesman said that it would be up to the panel to determine how they intend to go about their work. "They will decide whether they need to visit Sri Lanka or not," Nesirky said. More...
Published: Thu Jun 24 23:22:35 EDT 2010

Sri Lanka rejects EU offer
Hindu, june 25. The Sri Lankan government on Thursday rejected the conditional offer made by the European Union (EU) for extension of GSP+ tariff concessions for a limited period and said that the conditions imposed by the EU amounted to interference into the internal affairs of the island nation. Addressing a news conference here, Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris maintained that 15 conditions imposed by the EU on GSP+ tariff concessions amounting to $150 million undermined the sovereignty of Sri Lanka and were not acceptable. “It is the view of the government that the position taken by the Commission involves the imposition of a series of conditions, the cumulative effect of which is clearly inconsistent with Sri Lanka's sovereignty,” said the Minister. More...
Published: Thu Jun 24 23:19:14 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka soldiers adapt to post-war pastimes
afp, june 25. MANKULAM, Sri Lanka — In a wooden shelter in north Sri Lanka a soldier has swapped his gun for a pair of scissors, trimming hair and beards of civilians who now travel through what was a war zone until last year. Business is brisk at the army-run salon, which also offers scalp and foot massages by battle-hardened soldiers. Next door is the "Military Cafe", where veterans of the government's long civil war against the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels now serve up tea and snacks to passing domestic tourists. More...
Published: Thu Jun 24 23:20:36 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka rules out visas for UN war crimes panel
Reuters, June 24. COLOMBO, June 24 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Thursday ruled out giving visas to members of a U... Back to the top

Blast wounds nine in Sri Lanka capital
afp, june 24. COLOMBO — An explosion ripped through a commercial area of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo on Thursday, wounding at least nine people, police said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka rejects UN's war crime advisory panel
Reuters, June 23. COLOMBO, June 23 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Wednesday blasted the U... Back to the top

In Sri Lanka, war victor may be a loser
New Straight Times, june 24. SRI Lanka has entered the world record books in spheres that range from politics to sport... Back to the top

Women in power: Gillard joins burgeoning club
yahoo, june 24. Julia Gillard made history today as she became Australia's first female Prime Minister, joining a roll call of female world leaders that stretches back 50 years... Back to the top

Lankan visa unlikely for UN probe panel
HT, June 24. Sri Lanka has lashed out at the United Nations secretary general’s rare decision to appoint a three-member panel to look into alleged war crimes committed in Sri Lanka as the 26-year-old civil unrest came to an end in May last year... Back to the top

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