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DECEMBER 17, 2010 EST, USA
 
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US lawmakers urge Sri Lanka rights probe - AFP
google.com, 2010-12-18 05:45:00 EST. WASHINGTON — Dozens of US lawmakers on Friday urged a global probe into alleged rights violations by Sri Lanka in the last stages of its civil war, saying Colombo's own efforts do not ensure accountability. In letters to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 17 senators and 30 members of the House of Representatives called for the United States to seek a United Nations role investigating last year's finale of the Tamil Tiger insurgency. "We strongly believe that any conclusions reached by the Sri Lankan government's commissions must be verified by a parallel international mechanism" backed by the United Nations, the senators wrote. More...
Published: Fri Dec 17 21:58:29 EST 2010

'Lanka govt allowed paramilitary groups to run sex rackets' - Hindustan Times
google.com, 2010-12-17 18:06:09 EST. Another leaked cable said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) used draconian conscription methods to recruit Tamil civilians to its forces. ... More...
Published: Fri Dec 17 10:35:56 EST 2010 Back to the top

Fox Sri Lanka trip cancelled amid rumours of row with Hague - Politics.co.uk
google.com, 2010-12-17 16:23:04 EST. The defence secretary has cancelled a trip to Sri Lanka amid questions over its human rights record while battling Tamil groups last year. The news comes after an alleged row between Liam Fox and the Foreign Office over the defence secretary's planned visit. Dr Fox was planning to make the visit in a personal capacity to speak at a memorial lecture in honour of one of the country's former foreign ministers. More...
Published: Fri Dec 17 07:34:37 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka 'colluded in killings' - BBC News
google.com, 2010-12-18 04:00:42 EST. Both the Tamil Tigers and Sri Lanka's government have long faced accusations by human rights groups of committing abuses during the 26-year conflict... Back to the top

Sri Lanka can't be complacent on LTTE - Daily News & Analysis
google.com, 2010-12-17 01:27:41 EST. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has been decisively defeated and its top cadres, including it chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran, were killed in the military operations in 2009... Back to the top

US embassy cables: 'Progress' on human rights in Sri Lanka - The Guardian
google.com, 2010-12-17 02:31:48 EST. ccording to Congressional mandates and Administration policy, U... Back to the top

Sri Lanka no more underdeveloped country: World Bank - Sify
google.com, 2010-12-17 19:49:31 EST. Colombo, Dec 17 (IANS) Sri Lanka is no longer an underdeveloped country, having surpassed the per capita income of $2000, a World Bank official said here ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka battles coconut shortage - AFP
google.com, 2010-12-17 12:45:00 EST. COLOMBO Sri Lanka's authorities have been forced to step in to control the spiralling price of coconuts -- a dietary staple -- by setting a ceiling price ... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: 'Trade likely to reach $1b in five years' - The Express Tribune
google.com, 2010-12-17 04:26:08 EST. KARACHI: The value of bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is likely to increase from the existing $252 million to $1 billion by 2015, according to the newly appointed Consul General of Sri Lanka in Karachi, DW Jinadasa... Back to the top

Liam Fox cancels Sri Lanka trip amid claim in cables of war crimes complicity - The Guardian
google.com, 2010-12-17 02:31:48 EST. Liam Fox, the defence secretary, was tonight forced to abandon a private visit to Sri Lanka this weekend after a row with William Hague, who feared that he would upset Britain's carefully balanced approach to Colombo... Back to the top

Sri Lanka: Leaders trumpet coming prosperity - GlobalPost
google.com, 2010-12-16 16:14:21 EST. BANGKOK, Thailand — Leaders in Sri Lanka can claim what much wealthier and better-armed nations cannot: the country’s terrorism movement has been thoroughly vanquished... Back to the top

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