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Joint Statement of Visiting Indian Officials & Govt of Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

Mr. M.K. Narayanan, National Security Advisor and Mr. S. Menon, Foreign Secretary of India visited Sri Lanka on 20 and 21 May. They called on His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka and met with senior officials, including Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, MP, Mr. Lalith Weeratunga, Secretary to the President and Defence Secretary, Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa. They also interacted with a number of political parties in Sri Lanka.

Article Source: 
Office of the President of Sri Lanka

War's end: Sri Lankans relieved but Tamils worried

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

The ice cream man went to work with dread every day at Colombo's main rail station, a prime target for suicide bombers who once killed several teenage baseball players on a platform in front of his stand.

With the defeat of the Tamil Tigers, the vendor and many other Sri Lankans say they no longer live in terror of the next blast — a welcome change after more than two decades of suicide attacks by the rebels.

Article Author: 
Arthur Max
Article Source: 
Associated Press

Red Cross Barred From Sri Lankan Refugee Camp

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

"The restrictions have led to a temporary standstill in the distribution of aid to the camp," Zanarelli said. "The ICRC and other humanitarian aid agencies deplore this unacceptable situation, in particular because it is having a severe effect on the thousands of newly arrived displaced people who until very recently had to endure unimaginable hardship merely to survive in the conflict zone in the north-east."

Article Author: 
Emily Wax
Article Source: 
Washington Post

Sri Lanka plans to resettle refugees in six months

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon and National Security Advisor M.K. Narayan met President Mahinda Rajapaksa, after Sri Lanka declared total victory in a 25-year war over the Tamil Tigers in which India's role has always loomed large...

"The Government of Sri Lanka indicated that it was their intention to dismantle the relief camps at the earliest and outlined a 180-day plan to resettle the bulk of (refugees) to their original places of habitation," a joint statement said.

Article Source: 
Reuters

On Sri Lanka, of Human Rights, Victors and Doctors Still Detained, Ban to the Zone

Article Date: 
20 May 2009

Wednesday in the UN, the main political adviser of a Security Council Permanent Member which supports Colombo's moves told Inner City Press, “Why are you going? The government has already won.”

When Inner City Press countered that the UN should be concerned about hundreds of thousands of IDP, now being denied basic aid, he replied that of course the government must screen for the LTTE. But are the NGOs whose vehicles are now barred from the camps accused of being LTTE? To this, he had no answer.

Article Author: 
Matthew Russell Lee
Article Source: 
Inner City Press

U.N. Presses to Enter Sri Lankan War Zone

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

In his strongest public comments since the war's end, outgoing U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake said the United States supports an investigation into alleged human rights abuses during the final phase of the conflict. Foreign ministers of the European Union have asked for an independent inquiry into allegations that both the Tamil rebels and government forces violated international human rights agreements.

Article Author: 
Emily Wax
Article Source: 
Washington Post

Sri Lanka's humanitarian challenge

Article Date: 
20 May 2009

People have been celebrating on the streets of Colombo - flags hoisted, fire crackers going off. But those who fled the fighting in the north-east face an uncertain future after months of trauma. Tony Senewiratne, national director for Habitat for Humanity in Sri Lanka, has just returned from a camp for displaced people and describes the humanitarian challenges ahead.

Article Source: 
BBC

Activist seized from lawyer's car in Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
20 May 2009

The abduction of activists and relief workers has undercut the message of compromise and reconciliation from the president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, rights groups said yesterday.

Article Source: 
Guardian

Battle begins to establish UN Sri Lankan war crimes investigation

Article Date: 
21 May 2009

European Union nations have so far secured the backing of only 17 countries on the 47-member council for a text calling for investigations of atrocities...

Sri Lanka is lobbying hard among allies in the Non-Aligned Movement, including Cuba.

The 17 nations have agreed to condemn attacks on civilians and the alleged use of “human shields” by the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Article Source: 
Times of London

Aid Agencies Denied Access To IDP Camps In Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
20 May 2009

U.N. aid agencies say they are being denied access to some camps for displaced people in northern Sri Lanka, hindering their ability to help Tamil civilians displaced by the recent fighting between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels.

The U.N. refugee agency says the number of civilians who have fled the fighting in northern Sri Lanka over the last few months has now reached 280,000. This includes an estimated 80,000 people who have left the former combat zone in the last three days.

Article Source: 
Voice of America
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