The Lanka Academic

JULY 9, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 94


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US, EU and others condemn Sri Lanka over UN spat
Reuters, July 9. COLOMBO, July 9 (Reuters) - The European Union and nine countries on Friday warned Sri Lanka that a protest against a U.N. war crimes panel that blocked the world body's office could harm its international reputation. "We are deeply dismayed by the blockade of the UN-compound this week in Colombo and the role played in it by a government minister," a joint statement said."Peaceful protest is part of any democracy, but blocking access to the United Nations ... as well as intimidating and harassing U.N. personnel is a breach of international norms and harmful to Sri Lanka's reputation in the world," it said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Fri Jul 9 12:20:08 EDT 2010

Fasting Sri Lanka minister quits in protest of UN inquiry - Summary
dpa, July 9. Colombo - A cabinet minister on hunger strike to protest a UN inquiry into alleged human rights abuses at the end of SriLanka's civil war tendered his resignation Friday, his spokesman said. Construction and Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa vowed Thursday not to eat until the UN investigation into reports of abuses by government troops was withdrawn. More...
Published: Fri Jul 9 08:49:13 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lankan president rejects death fasting minister's resignation
Xinhua, July 9. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapksa here Friday rejected the resignation of his minister who is on a death fast opposite the UN compound in Colombo, a spokesman of the minister said. Wimal Weerawansa, the minister of Engineering Services resigned his ministerial job on Friday as he lay on a mat inside a temporary enclosure. More...
Published: Fri Jul 9 08:51:47 EDT 2010 Back to the top

UNDP closes regional office, not country office in Sri Lanka: UN
xinhua, July 9. The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka clarified on Friday that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has closed regional office, not the country office in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

UN chief shuts Sri Lanka office, recalls official
AP, July 8. UNITED NATIONS Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon closed the main U... Back to the top

Sri Lankan exports to drop over 10 pct after losing EU's trade facility
xinhua, July 9. Sri Lankan exports would suffer over 10 percent slump in volume as a result of losing a European Union (EU) trade concession, industry sources said on Thursday... Back to the top

US says Sri Lanka should work with UN
afp, July 9. The United States said Thursday that it was in Sri Lanka's own interest to cooperate with the United Nations, which closed down its Colombo office after angry protests over a war crimes panel... Back to the top

Tamil delegation from Sri Lanka meets S M Krishna in New Delhi
sify, July 7. S M Krishna, India's Foreign Minister met the parliamentary delegation from Sri Lanka's Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in New Delhi... Back to the top

Sri Lanka minister on hunger strike over war crimes probe - Update
DPA, July 8. Colombo -A Sri Lanka cabinet minister and other protestors went on indefinite hunger strike Thursday outside the UN offices in Sri Lanka to protest an enquiry into alleged war crimes... Back to the top

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