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Sri Lanka warns US over allegations in WikiLeaks - AFP, 2010-12-21 17:30:00 EST. COLOMBO Sri Lanka on Tuesday warned the United States to exercise "circumspection" in diplomatic cables after a message released by WikilLeaks suggested Colombo had colluded with murderous paramilitary groups. External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris told US Ambassador Patricia Butenis that leaked US cables contained "glaring instances of allegations totally unwarranted by the ground reality, being conveyed to Washington." More...
Published: Tue Dec 21 12:16:36 EST 2010

President says "terrorists" defaming Sri Lanka from abroad
M&C, Dec 21. Colombo President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Tuesday that defeated 'terrorist' elements abroad were defaming Sri Lanka. His comments at a military academy came less than two weeks after he cancelled an address at the Oxford Union in London because of protests by the Tamil ethnic minority in London. 'Their latest weapon is to defame our country and throw allegations at our war heroes, accusing them of war crimes, Rajapaksa said in Diyatalawa, 160 kilometres east of Colombo. More...
Published: Tue Dec 21 07:19:36 EST 2010 Back to the top

What's on the UN panels Sri Lanka visit agenda? - Hindustan Times, 2010-12-21 14:48:24 EST. Maybe it was the spirit of the upcoming yuletide. Nobody is still sure about the reason behind the change of heart. But everyone was sure taken by surprise when the government said it would welcome the UN panel on Sri Lanka with open arms and a prized appointment with the government-appointed Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). All arrangements will be made, the foreign ministry said, adding that the three-member panel could make a representation to the eight LLRC members. Though the meeting has all the makings of a warm one, it was not immediately clear which panel will give evidence to whom. More...
Published: Tue Dec 21 07:21:05 EST 2010 Back to the top

UN panel might meet LLRC outside Lanka - Express Buzz, 2010-12-21 19:46:24 EST. COLOMBO: Given the political opposition to its visit to Sri Lanka, the three-member UN panel on the human rights situation in the island nation could well avoid a trip to the island nation, and instead, decide to meet the Lankan Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) in some other country... Back to the top

Drastic measures to crack Sri Lanka's coconut crisis - BBC News, 2010-12-21 17:51:59 EST. The Sri Lankan government has stepped in to try to stem a severe shortage of a national staple - coconuts... Back to the top

UN Sri Lanka panel term extended until end of this month - Deccan Herald, 2010-12-21 10:04:45 EST. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has extended by a fortnight the deadline for his panel of experts to submit their report on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, days after Colombo agreed to facilitate the members' visit to the country... Back to the top

UK determined to send Special Envoy to Lanka - Express Buzz, 2010-12-21 10:15:56 EST. COLOMBO: Despite the strained relations between the two countries, Britain seems to be determined to send Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox to Sri Lanka to press the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to be more accommodative towards international concerns over alleged human rights abuse in the island nation... Back to the top

Lanka to install CCTV system for surveillance of Colombo - MSN India, 2010-12-20 16:39:59 EST. Colombo, Dec 20 (PTI) Sri Lanka''s defence authorities will unveil the country''s first closed-circuit television camera system to maintain surveillance of the capital, police said today... Back to the top

Sri Lanka bans felling coconut trees - AFP, 2010-12-20 16:45:00 EST. COLOMBO Sri Lanka's government on Monday banned the felling of coconut trees as the island battled a severe shortage of nuts -- a dietary staple -- and ordered imports for the first time... Back to the top

India-Lanka to commemorate Lord Buddha''s festival jointly - MSN India, 2010-12-20 20:35:20 EST. Colombo, Dec 20 (PTI) India has commissioned a 16-feet high icon of Lord Buddha, as part of joint activities with Sri Lanka to commemorate 2,600th year or the Sambudda Jayanthi of the Buddhahood, the Indian High commission here said... Back to the top

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