22 March 2018
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China’s Engagement In SL Shouldn’t Be An Issue For India – Dr. Wang Weihua

Ma-WeihuaChina will definitely pay more attention to the Indian Ocean area. However, China’s military presence in the Indian Ocean is almost zero, the Assistant Director of the Institute for Foreign Policy Studies in China, Dr. Wang Weihua, said. In an exclusive interview with The Sunday Leader on the sidelines of the Defence Seminar held in Colombo, he said China needs to work together with the Indian Ocean countries and the relevant stakeholders to ensure peace and stability in the most busy water area in the world. – Excerpts of the interview: By Camelia Nathaniel Read more...

Have you heard of the Seychelles Strategy?

harshadesilva-1An interview with  Dr. Harsha de Silva  by Maheen Senanayake
The Seychelles now has a Sri Lanka High Commission. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, declared it open during a state visit there on June 28. Seychelles has 90,400 people. And Mihin Lanka flies direct to the Seychelles. Does that make sense to you? Read more...

“Call a spade a spade”: Eran

eran-wickramaratneQ: What are your remarks on the recent COPE interim report?

A: In our last annual report we had a proposal to issue quarterly reports. Because when the report comes out it is outdated and there is no point even discussing it. Therefore to include timeliness we proposed releasing quarterly reports. Chairman D.E.W. Gunasekera has assured the next report will be out in September. That is a good development and it means we are catching up. Read more...

Credible Assessment Of Causalities Must Precede Evaluation Of Govt’s Actions – Jeevan Thiyagarajah

jeevan theyagarajhExecutive Director, Consortium for Humanitarian Agencies (CHA), Dr. Jeevan Thiyagarajah, speaks to The Sunday Leader on the newly issued report that deals extensively with the on-going discussion on a war crimes investigation.

Excerpts of the interview:

It is against international law and practice to intervene in countries before domestic efforts - Prasad Kariyawasam


prasad kariyawasamIn a satellite photo of the Indian Ocean, the nation of Sri Lanka looks like a mere dot southeast of India. But to the extent that geography can be destiny, this nation of 21 million has a key position in international politics. More than two-thirds of the world’s petroleum pass through these waters, as does an increasing share of the Western world’s trade with a dynamic Asia.

Sri Lanka is now the fastest growing economy in South Asia, but its path to recent prosperity has been anything but easy. In 2009, the government prevailed in a 6-year civil war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). While the U.S. and other governments had labeled the LTTE a terrorist group, it joined other Western governments and human rights groups seeking an investigation into allegations that the army killed, rather than captured, rebel leaders’ as the conflict ended.


We Won’t Be Suppressed For Long — Suresh Premachandran


suresh premachandraThe Tamil National Alliance (TNA) warns the Government of a Tamil democratic uprising in the future to win the rights of Tamils in the country if the Government continues to fail addressing the burning issues of the Tamil people in Sri Lanka.


An interview with the president Barack Obama on foreign policy


obama-05AS HE prepares to host a summit in Washington, DC, that will bring together leaders from across Africa, how does Barack Obama see the continent's future ? Does he feel let down by Vladimir Putin? Could he have designed a more elegant health-care law? And why don't more business leaders admit that they have lunch with him?


UN Probe is only one part of the solution -Paul Newman

Paul1 - Now UN has already started Investigation about war crimes in last leg  of the war. so, as a Tamil activist and intellectual  what is your opinion of this new situation ?

The UN investigation is a long overdue one. It should have started as a process of fixing accountability. It is a well known fact that all International laws were violated. The massacre of thousands of civilians need to be investigated and those who suffered need to be properly compensated. The UN Panel of experts comprising Darusman Marzuki, Yasmeen Sooka and Prof.Stephen Ratner fixed the number of dead as 40,000. The Charles Petrie commission speaks of more than 70,000. Read more...

Rudra rejects local war crimes probe


ruydrakumarFormer LTTE member and peace negotiator and now head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) Visvanathan Rudrakumaran has rejected the war crimes investigation to be conducted by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry, saying he has more faith in a UN led probe than a domestic probe.


Chaos theory--- connecting the dots - Upul Jayasuriya


upul jayasuriya good"No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another." - Thomas Jefferson

I found Mr. Upul Jayasuriya, incumbent head of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, getting ready for the customary BASL meeting on the last Saturday of the month yesterday morning. Over breakfast I threw at him all I had – question-wise!


More Questions Than Answers’ – Suren Surendiran


suren sumandiranWhile the Government feels it has achieved something more by expanding the mandate of the Missing Persons Commission to investigate war crimes and appointing three foreign experts to oversee the probe, the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) feels it is not enough. GTF spokesman Suren Surendiran says more questions than answers have surfaced following the Government announcement. He also notes that historically such Sri Lankan commissions have failed to meet the expectations of the families of the victims and the international community.


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