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Cristina and Baldi

The dilemma that is India in Sri Lankan politics and the threat to democratic leaders of India and Sri Lanka from the LTTE

By Sudath Gunasekara - President, Senior Citizens Movement, Mahanuwara

I thought it appropriate to pen these few lines on the eve of the Presidents visit to India as once again the Indian ghost of expansionist politics has begun to hover over the Sri Lankan skies. The latest development on this aggressive and comic drama took place when the Indian Foreign Secretary Shiva Shankar Menon met the Sri Lankan President on 23 rd to convey India’s "deep concern and anguish on the deteriorating political situation and violence against Lankan Tamil." It may be noted that these developments took shape on the verge of threats from the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi, Vaiko (MDMK) and S Ramadoss' PMK, (both members of India's ruling coalition) have threatened to topple and perhaps to outset the Dr. Manmohan Sing government unless appropriate steps are taken against the Sri Lankan government for the alleged military action against the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

SL should obtain Indian support to solve ethnic problem - EU spokeswomen

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Brussels

High spokeswoman of the European Parliament , Cristina Gallach , and spokeswoman in the European Union Alexandra Baldi and other spokespersons attached to the EU Institutions have jointly confirmed that the Sri Lankan government should deal with the Indian Authorities to solve ongoing conflict, in the meantime EU parliamentarian Robert Evans said that this decision would create some problems.

Police investigate mobile phone link in Raviraj assassination

Police investigating the murder of the TNA MP Nadarajah Raviraj have uncovered a curious mobile phone trail, leading to the Vanni. The TNA Member of Parliament who was controversially gunned down in the heart of Colombo had received several threatening telephone calls, prior to his assassination. Police investigating this trail had found that the mobile phone trail led to several mobile telephone numbers which had a monthly bill in excess of a million rupees, but was undesignated and were not being charged to any particular person or company.

The rockiness of Rock

From Mallika Wanigasundara

The government of Sri Lanka [GOSL] has written to Radhikha Coomaraswamy, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict requesting her to provide the government with ‘strong and credible evidence’ that the security forces had a hand in the recruitment of children for the breakaway Karuna faction. The statement by Allan Rock , Special Adviser to the UN, Special Representative to Sri Lanka on Children and Armed conflict, that ‘certain elements of the government’s security forces were sometimes participating in abductions and forced recruitment of children in Eastern Batticaloa while supporting the Karuna faction’ has come into a huge political storm and newspaper blizzard.

Share Market Indices slide

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

The HNB Stockbrokers in their market review Indicated that the market shed some weight this week after gaining for 9 consecutive weeks, as indices fell comparing Week on Week (WoW). The All Share Price Index (ASPI) slid quite modestly by 2.1 points compared to last week, closing at 2683.9 points on Friday. However the more sensitive Milanka Price Index (MPI) gained by a notable 30.4 points, to close at 3594.3 points for the week. Most evident during this week was the lack of foreign participation to the scale of what was witnessed during the past couple of weeks.

Solheim in the pay of Tigers: his house in Norway bought with Tiger money - Col. Karuna

In an interview with the Editor of the Ceylon Daily News, Bandula Jayasekera, Col, Karuna, former deputy to Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Tiger leader, has exposed the close political and financial connections of Erik Solheim, the Norwegian Minister for Aid, with the Tigers. Col Karuna states that there is talk in Oslo of the Tigers financing the purchase of Solheim's house in Norway. Karuna also reveals that Solheim gave 16 million kroners to Anton Balasingham soon after the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement in February 2002 and the Tigers bought ammunition with that money and unloaded it within 40 days.

Karuna blasts Prabhakaran’s exploitation of Tamil deaths for his glory.

Col. KarunaCol Karuna, Leader of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, in his Heroes’ Day statement has blasted Velupillai Prabhakaran for exploiting the suffering of the Tamil heroes for his own glory. "The death of the great heroes belongs to history. Their fair name should not be allowed to be sullied by a self- seeking, self-serving individual," says Karuna. He has accused Prabhakaran of sending his children to safe schools in the West while sending the children of poor Tamil parents to fight his selfish war. He has also appealed to the Government of Sri Lanka to provide a solution for the Tamil aspirations.

Vaiko on day-long fast at the sundial; Rajapakse’s ode to HR

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from India

MDMK chief Vaiko has brought his anti-Rajapakse, pro – LTTE campaign to Indian capital’s landmark sundial Jantar Mantar. He and his supporters sat on a day-long fast to protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse, who is away in Dehradun attending some local functions. The Rajapakse engagements here officially start from Tuesday. Besides Vaiko, his party’s Law makers, S Ganesh and N Ramachandran joined the MDMK leaders in the hunger strike. They have a single-point demand: No defence aid to Lanka.

No bus to distant neighbour

By Tushar Charan - Syndicate Features

Forget India’s boundary dispute with China and Pakistan or the absence of a transit treaty with Bangladesh or, for that matter, any other dispute with our sovereign neighbours. India, it appears, is unable to contain eruption of frequent bickering between states within the country over relatively smaller issues. Inter-state sharing river waters and redrawing of boundaries on the basis of language spoken on border territories are serious internal maters that defy solution. Even a matter like the plying of bus spirals out of hand and leads to an inter-state warfare that achieves little except harassing the public.



Robert Evans MEP

Col. Karuna

Col. Karuna

Col. Karuna

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