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David Cameron presses Rajapaksa on war crimes
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As an estimated 8000 protestors gathered outside Marlborough House to demonstrate against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, it was reported that inside, British Prime Minister David Cameron also discussed the issue of war crimes with Rajapaksa.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman Craig Oliver told Channel 4 that,
“The Prime Minister raised the issue of making sure that allegations of war crimes in Sri Lanka were properly investigated”.
Earlier, reports from “senior  sources” to The Times indicated that the British Prime Minister would also warn Rajapaksa of potential boycott of the 2013 CHOGM, currently scheduled to be held in Colombo, unless there was speedier action on issues such as demilitarisation and devolving power.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan Presidential spokesperson Bandula Jayasekara told the Daily Mirror that a “cordial” meeting on “development in the country” was held, and told the Colombo Gazette that details of the discussion were not yet available.

 
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TNPF condemns UN plan as ‘mockery of justice’

The Tamil National People’s Front today criticised the UN plan for a purely domestic incquiry, as revealed by Channel 4 News last night.

“To suggest an internal inquiry, [more]

Tamil Guardian 29 July 2015
UN does not see Tamils as partners in accountability process – Tamil Civil Society Forum

The Tamil Civil Society Forum (TCSF) has condemned the plans for a domestic accountability mechanism in Sri Lanka, as detailed in a UN memo obtained by Channel 4. [more]

Tamil Guardian 29 July 2015
Sri Lanka’s most pressing problems are both structural and systemic - Taylor Dibbert
A more subtle war still rages across the historically Tamil northern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka, said Taylor Dibbert, writing in The Diplomat on Tuesday. [more]

Tamil Guardian 29 July 2015
UNP reiterates rejection of federal solution

The UNP rejected the possibility of a federal solution to the long-running ethnic conflict, the latest southern party to do so.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith Perera said the policy of the party and its alliance the UNF was to devolve powers to the provinces in consultation with all concerned and within a united and undivided Sri Lanka, [more]

Tamil Guardian 29 July 2015
Vote for parties that espouse Tamil national principles says NPC councillor
Sri Lankan parties that states they will not share powers with Tamils and the only political solution is a unitary state should be boycotted at the election, said the Northern Provincial Councillor, M K Shivajilingham on Wednesday. [more]

Tamil Guardian 29 July 2015
Sri Lankan army ‘cannot be undermined under any circumstances’ state Buddhist monks

 

The head Buddhist monk of the Asgiriya Chapter gave his blessings to the Sri Lankan army on Friday, [more]

Tamil Guardian 29 July 2015
JVP slams TNA manifesto and opposes federalism

The left wing Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) stated it was opposed to federalism, in response to the manifesto released by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) this week. [more]

Tamil Guardian 29 July 2015
Sri Lanka made ‘minimal progress’ to tackle human trafficking says US State Dept
The US State Department stated that “the Government of Sri Lanka does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking” in its annual ‘Trafficking in Persons Report’. [more]


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