The participation by US ships of the 5th fleet and over 1000 troops in exercises with Sri Lanka's military is significant for many reasons.
The Supreme Court ruling demonstrates is the fragility of constitutional changes, even when underwritten by powerful international actors such as India.
In Sri Lanka a white van without a number plate is a symbol of terror and the disappearances that occurred in all parts of the country. Commissions on Disappearances in the South during the last few years of the 1980s have documented at some length how armed men, travelling in white vans without number plates abducted thousands of people who were never seen again. These reports are available at www.disappearances.org. Now such vans have reappeared and do so frequently in the Jaffna peninsular. A report from one family states "the fear of the white van in the day and specially in the night is...
This is the statement issued by Co-Chairs of the Tokyo Donor Conference - Norway, the European Union, the USA and Japan – following their meeting in Brussels on September 12, 2006.