The Lanka Academic

JULY 10, 2010 EST, USA
VOL. 11, NO. 95


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India will work with TNA: PM
IANS, July 11. COLOMBO: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told a delegation of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that India has decided to work with it to find solutions to the short term and long term problems faced by the Tamils of the island nation. This was revealed by TNA MP, M.A.Sumanthiran, who was a member of the delegation which met the Indian PM in New Delhi on Thursday. Sumanthiran told the Express that Singh went on to ask the TNA to work with other Tamil parties so that a joint Tamil view could be presented to the Sri Lankan government on various issues. More...
Published: Sat Jul 10 18:16:24 EDT 2010

Sri Lankan Minister ends fast
Hindu, July 10. COLOMBO: A Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister who was on a fast unto death outside the United Nations office ended his protest after President Mahinda Rajapaksa visited him. Housing Minister Wimal Weerawansa went on fast on Thursday demanding scrapping of a three-member panel of experts appointed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to advice him on alleged human rights violations during the war between Sri Lankan forces and the LTTE. Mr. Rajapaksa also rejected Mr. Weeawansa's resignation and is believed to have advised him to call off the protest. After Mr. Weerawansa accepted a glass of water from the President, he was taken to hospital. More...
Published: Sat Jul 10 16:42:18 EDT 2010 Back to the top

US "dismayed" at treatment to UN official in Sri Lanka
pti, july 11. Washington: The US on Saturday said it was "deeply dismayed" at the treatment meted out to a top UN official in Sri Lanka and asked the Rajapaksa government to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of UN personnel and premises there. "The United States is deeply dismayed by the harassment and intimidation of UN personnel and we urge the government of Sri Lanka to meet its obligations under the Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated personnel," the state Department spokesman Mark Toner told a news agency on the latest development in Sri Lanka. "We understand that the United Nations has closed its regional centre (in Sri Lanka) and recalled for consultations its resident co-coordinator due to the blockade of the UN compound this week in Colombo and the role played in it by More...
Published: Sat Jul 10 18:51:22 EDT 2010 Back to the top

Ban urges Sri Lanka to 'normalize conditions' at UN compound
afp, July 10. UNITED NATIONS UN chief Ban Ki-moon Friday called Friday on Sri Lanka to "normalize conditions" around the UN office in Colombo after days of angry demonstrations over a UN war crimes panel... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

Sri Lankans scared of holding hands in public
IANS, July 10. Young couples in Sri Lanka are now afraid to even hold hands or kiss in public after police rounded up over 300 people for 'indecent behaviour'... Back to the top

Sri Lanka disappointed over UNDP regional center's closing
Xinhua, July 10. The Sri Lankan government said on Friday that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's decision to close the UNDP Regional Center in Colombo is disappointing, but it will continue to be engaged with the United Nations system... Back to the top

Embassies angry after Sri Lanka protest blocks UN
BBC, July 10. Embassies in Sri Lanka have expressed dismay over an "intimidating" protest which has blockaded the United Nations compound in the capital... Back to the top

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... 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... 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

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