Power sharing a sine qua non – Hasan Ali

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka which led to the creation of provincial councils as well as making Sinhala and Tamil as official languages with English as the link language was passed in parliament on 14 November 1987. Since then, this amendment has been a vexed issue with its implementation being mired in [...]

Indian Govt Shouldn’t Have Dealt Directly With TNA – Udaya Gammanpila

The Sri Lankan government was expecting the new BJP government to respond positively towards Sri Lanka government’s policies, especially towards Tamil national issue of the country. However, the recent statement of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the full implementation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of Sri Lanka has clouded those hopes of the [...]

Peace May Be Prolonged – Dr. D. Suba Chandran

Director, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, India, Dr. D. Suba Chandran, stressed the need for Sri Lanka to engage all parties in the reconciliation process, while minimizing military engagement and establishing civil mechanism at the earliest. In an interview with The Sunday Leader on the sidelines of the Defence Seminar held at [...]

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

China 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 [...]

President Doing Much For The North – Subramanian Swamy

There were reports of protests staged in India against the leader of the Bharatha Janatha Pasrty (BJP), Subramanian Swamy’s recent visit to Sri Lanka to participate at the Defence Seminar held in Colombo last week. In an interview conducted on the sidelines of the seminar, Swamy told reporters that such petty acts would undoubtedly impact [...]

We Will Resist This Pressure – Arif Ayub

Pakistan has been a long standing and steadfast friend to Sri Lanka during the most trying times, and Pakistan will continue to support Sri Lanka against any pressure being brought on the country by the west, the President of the Institute of Regional Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan, Arif Ayub, a former high commissioner, assured. In an [...]

Syria Death Toll ‘Over 191,000’

More than 191,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict up to April, the UN human rights chief says. Navi Pillay said the figure was “probably an underestimate” and criticised what she called “international paralysis” on the issue. The figure is more than double the UN estimate given a year ago. Opposition groups in [...]

India For A Political Solution Within A United Sri Lanka – Y. K. Sinha

As India celebrated its independence anniversary last week, the Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Y. K. Sinha noted that India remains committed to assist Sri Lanka in its endeavours of rehabilitation, reconstruction and reconciliation. Speaking Exclusively to The Sunday Leader, Sinha said that the need for national reconciliation through a political settlement has been reiterated by [...]

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

Executive 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: Q: Your report justifies a full investigation which you maintain will provide more detailed information on how, when and for what [...]

UN And Lanka Probe Must Cooperate – Amnesty International

As the Government and the United Nations proceed with their respective investigations on the war in Sri Lanka, the London based human rights group, Amnesty International’s (AI) Yolanda Foster from the Asia Programme of AI, feels both should cooperate in order to establish the truth over the war. – Excerpts of the interview: By Easwaran Ratnam Q: The [...]

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