Sri Lanka

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UN rights council divided over Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
26 May 2009

If a compromise is not found, Sri Lanka's draft resolution would be submitted for adoption by the Council since it was tabled before the Swiss version.

Article Source: 
AFP

Sri Lanka rejects Tigers' offer

Article Date: 
26 May 2009

In an interview with the BBC, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said the LTTE rebels could not be trusted to give up "terrorism".

The rebels had said they would give up violence after their leader was killed in recent fighting in the north-east.

Article Source: 
BBC

UN faces fierce clash over call for Sri Lanka war crimes inquiry

Article Date: 
26 May 2009

The division sets the stage for a session today that will test the very purpose of the Human Rights Council. Israel, which had an investigation into its Gaza offensive forced on to it by the Council, is furious at the prospect of Sri Lanka escaping the same fate.

Article Author: 
Catherine Philp
Article Source: 
Times of London

Joint Statement by Govt of Sri Lanka & United Nations

Article Date: 
24 May 2009

President Rajapaksa and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discussed a series of areas in which the United Nations will assist the ongoing efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka in addressing the future challenges and opportunities.

Article Source: 
news.lk

Sri Lanka Wants Partners Not Monitors of Post-War Aid

Article Date: 
25 May 2009

Assistance must be “according to the wishes of the people of Sri Lanka,” Basil Rajapaksa, senior presidential adviser, said, according to the government’s Web site. “We don’t want ‘monitors,’ we need partners...”

“The international community must understand that it is we, the people of this country, who had to endure this problem” of terrorism, Basil Rajapaksa said in an interview. “There is nobody else who understands the repercussions and the sufferings.”

Article Author: 
Paul Tighe, Jay Shankar
Article Source: 
Bloomberg

Scorched earth, craters mark Sri Lanka's war zone

Article Date: 
24 May 2009

Civilians who escaped the zone said they came under intense shelling from both the rebels and the government.

"We ran for our lives from the shelling in the north," said one man who gave his name as Krishnathurai. "It was coming from both sides, the Tamil Tigers and the military, and we were stuck in the middle."

Article Author: 
John Heilprin
Article Source: 
Associated Press

200,000 Tamil civilians imprisoned in Sri Lankan Manik Farm camp

Article Date: 
25 May 2009

Camp is not the word its inmates use for it. A prison and a concentration camp were two of the descriptions The Times heard on a rare visit to the camp on the sidelines of the visit by Ban Ki Moon, the United Nations Secretary-General.

Squalor is less the defining feature of Manik Farm than militarism. The presence of armed soldiers around the camp and its perimeter is overwhelming. New armoured patrol vehicles sit at the entrance to the side of a sandbagged bunker.

Article Author: 
Catherine Philp
Article Source: 
Times of London

Tamil Tiger rebels confirm leader's death

Article Date: 
24 May 2009

The defeated Tamil Tiger rebels confirmed Sunday that their supreme leader was killed in the group's final battle against Sri Lankan troops.

Article Author: 
Arthur Max
Article Source: 
Associated Press

Quarter of a million Sri Lankans face two years in camps

Article Date: 
20 May 2009

A UN spokesman, Gordon Weiss, said he was "shocked" at the revelation, which ran counter to previous government assurances.

"It was our understanding that the government was to return 80% of the people to their homes by the end of the year, or at least try to," said Weiss.

Article Author: 
Gethin Chamberlain
Article Source: 
Guardian

Prabhakaran's death and fall of LTTE lead to street celebrations in Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
18 May 2009

State television interrupted its regular programmes to announce the death. Just to make sure everyone knew, the government's information department sent a text message to mobile phones across the country confirming that he was killed along with his top deputies.

Soon after the announcement people set off firecrackers at street junctions in celebration, holding up traffic briefly while others shook hands with soldiers on sentry duty. In many towns there was dancing and singing in the streets, with crowds waving Sri Lanka's flag of a yellow lion holding a sword against a red background.

Article Source: 
Guardian
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