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Murali Reddy evaluates the Ram-Rajapaksa Conversation in July 2009

B. Muralidhar Reddy in Frontline, Volume 26 – Issue 15 :: Jul. 18-31, 2009, where the title is “Sri Lanka — A New Dawn? ... emphasis is the hand of The editor, Thuppahi

“The fast-moving developments in the country since the end of the war seem to show that the President’s strategy is working.”

redyy-on-mr-and-gsl-plans-july-2009President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake at the all-party meeting called by the governmentPic by Eranga Jaywardena

THE pieces of the jigsaw puzzle of what could be the future of post-Prabakaran Sri Lanka appear to be falling into place. A three-hour, no-holds-barred interview of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief of The Hindu group of publications, on the evening of June 30 appears to throw up several pieces that could fit into the puzzle.

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After Nandikadal: A Deteriorating Road towards Creeping Federalism

Dayan Jayatilleka, whose preferred choice of title is “The Road from Nandikadal: A New Revivalism”  ... likely to draw interesting comments in Colombo Telegraph when it appears

The TNA-Tamil Diaspora-UNP project is a frail, minimalist State with a weak centre. Would India have allowed Ban Ki moon to travel to Kashmir and have a political dialogue with strident Kashmiri nationalists?  The Sri Lankan Government permitted and facilitated a meeting between the UNSG with the Northern Provincial Council and its Chief Minister. Every parent knows that you do not reward bad behaviour with a gift. Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran presented the infamous Genocide Resolution to the Northern Provincial Council and then handed it over to a visiting senior UN political official. He was rewarded for that move with the kind of meeting that no Sovereign State arranges between the UN Secretary General and the Chief Minister of a restive border province, in which a truculent separatist psyche is far from dead.

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Dayan Jayatilleka dissects Sambanthans’ Approach and the Issues of Devolution

Dayan Jayatilleka, courtesy of Colombo Telegraph , where the title reads “Weakening The Center Through Covert Federalism: Reading Sampanthan’s Spin,” https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/weakening-the-center-through-covert-federalism-reading-sampanthans-spin/……… and where many comments will be found. Also see https://www.facebook.com/pages/DrDayan-Jayatilleka/550235091746278

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What Mr. Sampanthan did not say in Matara recently was as important as what he did say. What he said was as follows: “…This Constitution is going to be framed one with the framework of a united, undivided and indivisible Sri Lanka…We do not want this country to be divided. But the people want power to be devolved within the regions. The power that is required to maintain the unity and territorial integrity of the country, Defence, the Army, Navy and the Air Force will be under the control of the Central Government. Foreign Affairs Currency and Finance, Immigration and Emigration to be under the central government. These powers need to be kept at the Centre to ensure the unity and the indivisibility of the country. Other powers will be devolved…The Southern Province will have their Provincial Council with enhanced powers. The Sabaragamuwa, Central Province will have their Provincial regions with extraneous enhanced powers. Similarly the North, East and Central Provinces will have their own areas with enhanced powers.” Continue reading

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Ban Ki-Moon faces Thalif Deen on Eve of Sri Lankan Visit

Thalif Deen, courtesy of The Sunday Times, 28 August 2016, and … where the title is  “UN Chief non-committal on international judges for war crimes probe here”

In an exclusive interview, UN Chief Ban Ki Moon talks to Thalif Deen at the United Nations, ahead of his visit to Sri Lanka on Wednesday

NEW YORK—UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who will be on an official three-day visit beginning Wednesday, singled out the “ tremendous progress” made by Sri Lanka in overcoming development challenges, including in the health and development sectors. “Successive Governments have promoted strong growth policies that have reduced poverty and increased living standards throughout the country,” he noted. In an exclusive interview with the SundayTimes, Ban spoke of the peaks and valleys in the UN’s politically-fluctuating relationship with Sri Lanka, while at the same time, lamenting the slow movement towards implementing “transitional justice and reconciliation.”

SRILANKA-UNREST-UN-BAN...U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (r)  is greeted by IDPs (Internaly Displaced Percons) as he visits Manik Farm in Sri Lanka on May 23, 2009.   Just days after Colombo declared victory over Tamil Tiger, he toured the sprawling Menik Farm camp, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Colombo, which was jammed with civilians who had fled the war zone.    AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

SRILANKA-UNREST-UN-BAN…U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (r) is greeted by IDPs (Internaly Displaced Percons) as he visits Manik Farm in Sri Lanka on May 23, 2009. Just days after Colombo declared victory over Tamil Tiger, he toured the sprawling Menik Farm camp, 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Colombo, which was jammed with civilians who had fled the war zone. = AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR ... in May 2009

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Incursions. Beginning of International War Crimes Probe?

The Island Editorial, Friday, 18th August 2016, with this title Beginning of international war crimes probe?”

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) is making the most of the increasing impotency of the state to run a parallel government of sorts in the northern parts of the country; it is also working overtime to annex the Eastern Province to the North. Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran and others of his ilk are all out to gain legitimacy for their political project with the help of foreign powers. Hardly a day passes without a foreign dignitary visiting the North and entertaining appeals from the NPC members and doing a Dixit.

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Missing Persons: Institutionalization of Fact Finding via OMP

ONE. Mangala Samaraweera: “OMP, a mechanism to help truth finding,” http://www.dailynews.lk/?q=2016/08/12/local/90327

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is not a judicial process and it cannot punish anybody, Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. He was addressing a press conference at the Parliamentary Complex yesterday following the passage of the OMP Bill. He reiterated the OMP is just a mechanism to help the truth finding and that would in no way betray war heroes.

MANGALA Samaraweera said in reality, the OMP would be helpful to find information on the missing persons in the tri-forces too. “We will in fact protect the war heroes and will reinforce their reputation internationally,” he said. The minister said as the next step, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission would be appointed, adding that its legal framework would be finished by September. He said the public opinion for the TRC are now being taken. Continue reading

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Chief Minister Wigneswaran in Outspoken Q and A with Daily Mirror

Northern Province Chief Minister and former Judge of the Supreme Court C.V. Vigneswaran spoke to the Dailymirror at his official residence in Jaffna. on the 27th July 2016.  During the interview, he spoke of the recent clash at the Jaffna University, the personal and the political and much more. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/113285/……cv vIG www.adaderana.lk Pic from www.adaderana.lk
This isn’t a question of tit-for tat — stresses Vigneswaran. 

An interesting interview. Sri Lanka has a long way to go to settle down as one Nation according to the Chief Minister of Northern Province retired Supreme Court Judge Vigneswaran. This video is 37 minutes long.

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