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WikiLeaks: David Miliband 'championed aid to Sri Lanka to win votes of Tamils ... -, 2010-12-02 04:49:48 EST. Tim Waite, a Foreign Office team leader on Sri Lanka, was quoted in a leaked US Embassy cable explaining why the then foreign secretary was lavishing so much attention on the island’s plight.

“Waite said that much of (the government) and ministerial attention to Sri Lanka is due to the ‘very vocal’ Tamil diaspora in the UK, numbering over 300,000, who have been protesting in front of parliament since 6 April,” wrote Richard Mills, a political officer at the US Embassy in London.

“He said that with UK elections on the horizon and many Tamils living in Labour constituencies with slim majorities, the government is paying particular attention to Sri Lanka, with Miliband recently remarking to Waite that he was spending 60 per cent of his time at the moment on Sri Lanka.” More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Dec 1 19:14:33 EST 2010

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Cabinet nod for India-Sri Lanka ferry service
The Hindu, 2010-12-02 09:57:00 EST. The Union Cabinet on Wednesday cleared the proposal for a passenger ferry service between India and Sri Lanka that will strengthen economic and cultural ties... Back to the top

War crimes lawyers seek arrest of Sri Lankan president in Oxford - The Guardian, 2010-12-01 01:30:47 EST. Lawyers working for Tamil activists are attempting to obtain a war crimes arrest warrant against Sri Lanka's president and senior member of his entourage who have arrived in Britain... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Army deserter kills self, injures 16 - Sify, 2010-12-01 17:32:34 EST. Colombo, Dec 1 (DPA) An army deserter arrested for possessing cannabis set off a grenade inside a police station in central Sri Lanka, killing himself and injuring 16 people Wednesday, a senior police officer said... Back to the top

grenade injures police in Sri Lanka - CNN International, 2010-12-02 06:06:49 EST. Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- A Sri Lankan army deserter killed himself and injured 16 police officers in a grenade explosion, police told CNN Wednesday... Back to the top

WikiLeaks cables: 'Sri Lankan president responsible for massacre of Tamils' - The Guardian, 2010-12-02 00:10:59 EST. "In Sri Lanka this is further complicated by the fact that responsibility for many of the alleged crimes rests with the country's senior civilian and ... Back to the top

After no-arrest assurance, Lanka prez arrives in UK - Times of India, 2010-12-01 05:34:25 EST. LONDON: After calling off his trip a month ago, Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa is now visiting London on an assurance that he will get diplomatic protection against any attempt to arrest him under the "principle of universal jurisdiction" which applies in respect of war crimes and human rights violations... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Turns Battleground Into Elephant Sanctuary - Treehugger, 2010-12-01 23:14:40 EST. A year and a half after Sri Lanka's quarter-century civil war ended, officials have announced plans to use more than 100000 acres of jungle -- the former ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Hires Public Relations Firm For 2018 Commonwealth Bid -, 2010-11-30 19:22:12 EST. Sri Lanka issued a statement saying it has hired a public relations firm to advise in its bid to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games in southern Hambantota... Back to the top

Wikileaks reaching Lanka; more than 3300 documents from US embassy
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S.Lanka turns rebel hideout into wildlife sanctuary - AFP, 2010-11-30 13:00:00 EST. COLOMBO — Sri Lanka is to turn a vast jungle area that was a base for the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels into a wildlife sanctuary, 18 months after the end of island's bloody civil war, the government said Tuesday... Back to the top

President leaves for home after Sril Lanka's bilateral visit - Associated Press of Pakistan, 2010-11-30 16:36:47 EST. COLOMBO, Nov 30 (APP): President Asif Ali Zardari left here for home on Tuesday at the end of a four-day state visit that is being seen as having far-reaching impact on Pak-Lanka bilateral ties... Back to the top

Terrorist arrested for Sri Lankan team attack
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