Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* UK monitoring civil, political rights and land issues in Sri Lanka
Sat, Feb 15, 2014, 09:19 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 15, Colombo: The British government said it will continue to monitor closely civil and political rights as well as land issues in Sri Lanka.

Responding to a question raised during a debate on Sri Lanka in the UK parliament on Thursday, the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire said that the Prime Minister David Cameron during his November meeting with the Sri Lankan President raised the issue of land rights and militarization in the North.

He said the UK has expressed concerns at military involvement in civilian activities in the north and is aware of reports that the military are involved in education.

Welcoming the Northern Provincial Council elections held in September 2013, Swire told the UK parliament that it was the first provincial council election held in the predominantly Tamil north since the 1987 establishment of provincial councils.

"The opposition, Tamil National Alliance, won over 80% of the vote. Local election observers noted that elections were relatively free from violence, though not from intimidation," he told parliament.

Cameron during his meeting with the Sri Lankan President called for a "meaningful political settlement with the north, including demilitarization and full implementation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) recommendations," Swire said.

"We continue to underline to the Sri Lankan authorities the need for a long-term political settlement to address these underlying grievances and will continue to monitor these issues," the Minister reiterated.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lankan Minister's remarks on fishermen's issue 'not helpful', India says
-- [1 hour and 31 minutes ago]
Sri Lankan President enlightens ICRC officials on government's programs
-- [3 hours ago]
Parliamentary committee to record statements from Sri Lanka Central Bank and BOC officials
-- [4 hours ago]
Emergency session of Sri Lanka parliament called to form the Constitutional Council
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka apex court says opposition MP cannot be arrested until June 11th
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's former First Lady summoned by the financial crimes investigation unit
-- [5 hours ago]
Official calls on Sri Lankan government to pass two key bills before dissolving parliament
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lanka former ruling party to discuss nominations for general election with President
-- [5 hours ago]
Sri Lankan government fills diplomatic posts vacated by recall of envoys
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Cricket confirms claims of sexual harassment of women's team members
-- [7 hours ago]

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.