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Colombo steps up fight against defamation - The Hindu
google.com, 2010-12-23 03:32:44 EST. Sri Lanka has stepped up efforts to counter the propaganda war unleashed by the Tamil diaspora about the condition of their brethren on the island and allegations of war crimes. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared on Tuesday that the battle against LTTE elements abroad would continue. The same day, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris invited U.S. Ambassador Patricia Butenis to meet him in the context of news reports that several United States Senators and Members of Congress had written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the condition of Tamils in Sri Lanka. More...
Published: Wed Dec 22 19:06:36 EST 2010

Sri Lanka apologises over false claim on Nepal peace - Himalayan Times
google.com, 2010-12-22 14:11:08 EST. KATHMANDU: A Sri Lankan minister has apologised to the Nepal government over the false claims that the President of the Himalayan Republic has invited his Sri Lankan counterpart to help build peace in Nepal‚ a Sri Lankan news site reported on Wednesday. Earlier‚ Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris had time and again claimed that President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav sought help from Mahinda Rajapakse asking him to take up the role of a peace mediator in Nepal during their tête-à-tête in Beijing a few weeks ago. More...
Published: Wed Dec 22 07:07:39 EST 2010 Back to the top

Sri Lanka warns US over allegations in WikiLeaks - AFP
google.com, 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 Back to the top

Rahul concerned over plight of Lankan Tamils
IBN, DEc 22. Chennai: Voicing concern over Sri Lanka government "not doing enough" for the Tamils there, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said he would ensure that they get justice... Back to the top

Necklace makes Tamil woman suspect in Canada - Sify
google.com, 2010-12-22 09:17:16 EST. Toronto, Dec 22 (IANS) Canadian authorities say that a Sri Lankan Tamil woman who entered the country aboard the smuggling ship MV Sun Sea in August is linked to the Tamil Tigers... Back to the top

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... Back to the top

What's on the UN panels Sri Lanka visit agenda? - Hindustan Times
google.com, 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... Back to the top

UN panel might meet LLRC outside Lanka - Express Buzz
google.com, 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
google.com, 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
google.com, 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
google.com, 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

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