The temperature outside the Serena Hotel in Islamabad last Tuesday afternoon was near zero. The main engagements finished the previous day, President Mahinda Rajapaksa and senior members of his entourage were relaxing at the presidential suite. Later that day, two more dignitaries -- the Defence Minister of Pakistan and the Chairman of that country's Board of Investment were to call on Rajapaksa.
I thought I must write to you because a lot has happened while you were away in Pakistan and Singapore and having orchids named after you and I am almost sure you have no idea about what has been happening in Paradise, because if you did, you wouldn’t have let any of this happen anyway.
In the story of Sri Lanka's changing economic scenarios since independence the change of government in 1994 was very significant. For the first time since independence, despite a change of government, a continuity of economic policies was assured.
These are two fundamental questions that should be directed towards the Presidency downwards. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission's recommendations were, in many respects, a reiteration of the basic duty on the part of the Government to implement the existing law and the Constitution
Virtually all Norwegian media on February 16 carried the Norwegian apology to Sri Lanka for the issuance of LTTE stamps by the Norwegian postal service. The apology termed LTTE images and symbols as illegal and inappropriate.
The recent warning by two high ranking US officials in Colombo, of a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council asserting that Sri Lanka had not done enough to implement the LLRC's recommendations and address accountability issues, does not come as that much of a surprise.
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