For more than one reason Jaffna turned out to be the focal point of attention this week.
Relations between Colombo and New Delhi reached a flashpoint over the arrest of 112, and later 24 fishermen, for poaching in Sri Lankan waters. Leaders of the main opposition United National Party (UNP) sans their leader, Ranil Wickremesinghe, were in the peninsula to campaign for the local polls on March 17.
I thought I must write to you to wish you well at this moment when you carry the hopes of millions of people, as you try to repeat history and win the World Cup in the only sport which we as a country have reached the top internationally.
The slow and inadequate foreign investment inflow into the country is a disappointment. Much was expected by way of foreign investment after the end of the war and terrorism in May 2009. The tardy inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) was featured at the recent interview with the IMF Resident Representative, Mr. Koshy Mathai who observed that:
The filing and taking forward of war crime suits against former President of the US, George W. Bush (Jnr) in countries such as Switzerland and Spain in reference to, among other illegal acts under international law, the torture of detainees during the wa in Iraq and Afghanistan is, no doubt, long overdue and will be rightly applauded by human rights advocates the world over.