Sri Lanka's president, Maithripala Sirisena this week summoned former military commanders in order to write a 'history' of the end of the armed conflict, the Sunday Times reported. Stating that "no proper historic record" existed, Mr Sirisena made the commanders swear to secrecy about the project, the paper said. The former defence secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the former army commander in May 2009, Sarath Fonseka, were notably absent. Read more here .
Sri Lanka's prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe claimed today that reconciliation was taking place in Sri Lanka as a result of visits by the Sinhala people to the North and Tamil people to the South. “Many Sinhalese from the South are increasingly visiting the North, especially the Nagadeepa Vihara and Naga Vihara, while many from the North are visiting the South particularly to see what Colombo looks like,” Mr Wickremesinghe was quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying at the launch event of a housing scheme in Nuwara Eliya. “These visits are gradually becoming a mode of reconciliation. Northern and Southern people are more reconciled today than in the past,” he added.
Sri Lankan troops who took part in the the US-led Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) navy exercise for the first time, have returned to the island. Sri Lanka was invited to join the exercise, alongside twenty-five other states, despite concerns regarding Sri Lankan troops having committed human rights abuses. During the final phase of the armed conflict tens of thousands of Tamil were massacred by a Sri Lankan military offensive, which saw widespread shelling of civilian centres, including schools and hospitals. To date, there has been no accountability mechanism to deal with the reports of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Sri Lanka’s archaeology department declared that a large swathe of land in Nedunkeni, where a Hindu temple is situated, has now come under their control and warned locals that it is now off limits.
The Sri Lankan army announced that it will supply bus services in Colombo and across the south of the island, as strikes by transport workers continue. The army announced that it had already made 28 military buses available in Colombo and had a further 44 buses on standby.
A navy ship from China’s People’s Liberation Army docked in Colombo this week, taking part in activities organised by the Sri Lankan military. The ship, 'Qian Weichang', reportedly “visited some places of tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and took part in several programmes organized by the Sri Lanka Navy” according to an official military website.
US troops are to begin “combined humanitarian assistance and disaster relief” with the Sri Lankan military next week, as part of an annual joint exercise. ‘Pacific Angel 2018’ is scheduled to take place in and around Anuradhapura from August 13 th – 18 th , reports the US Indo-Pacific Command website.
Sri Lanka’s ‘Joint Opposition’ (JO) has vowed to continue its fight to oust the TNA leader from the post of Leader of the Opposition, Daily Mirror reports. Commenting on Parliamentary Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s announcement that the TNA and ITAK leader R. Sampanthan would remain in the post, JO parliamentarian Bandula Gunawardene said the “speaker’s ruling is not a defeat and it has not ended our struggle.” Another MP, Chandima Weerakody, said the TNA and the JVP could not be considered as opposition parties as they both support the government. “Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe managed to...
Jaffna-based journalist Uthayarasa Shalin has been summoned to Colombo by Sri Lanka’s Terrorism Investigation Department (TID) along with five other residents of a Jaffna suburb. The summons are in relation to the display of a map of Eelam during a Hindu temple festival in Aanaikkottai, Jaffna. Along with the journalist, the five others summoned include members of the temple’s youth forum, administration members and one of the temple’s priests. They have all been summoned to appear individually on different dates. Mr Shalin has questioned his inclusion among the summons, stating that although...
Locals in Eravur, Batticaloa protested on Thursday against the a bottle water factory being built in Periyapullumalai. Protesters expressed concern that the company would take excessive amounts of water from Batticaloa's local water supplies.