27 February, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 05/26/2009
SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka increases military power and excludes Tigers from democratic life
by Melani Manel Perera
Gen. Fonseka announces recruitment drive to increase army from 200 thousand to 300 thousand. Army remains on alert for suicide attacks by Tamil Tigers still at large.

Colombo (AsiaNews) – The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) commander general Sarath Fonseka, has announced a recruitment drive to increase the number of soldiers in the army to 300 thousand as a measure to avoid the reorganisation of the Tamil Tiger rebels.  Meanwhile the Minister for Defence Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has rejected the LTTE survivor’s statement of their intention to enter into the political life of the nation.

The new campaign would result in their being one soldier for every 66 people, police excluded.  Gen. Fonseka says he expects young people to enrole.  Despite having eliminated the LTTE supreme leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran, and crushed LTTE’s armed wing, its political and administrative system, the army is still on maximum alert.

Fonseka says some 22,000 rebel fighters were killed in the last phase of fighting, and adds that since 2006 another 9,000 rebel fighters have surrendered to the army. But the SLA says that one of the LTTE top leaders still remains at large Selvarasa Pathmanathan. Rebel cells are also hiding out in the jungle and the army fears they will be aided by LTTE exiles and sympathisers abroad.  Gen. Fonseka adds that there is a high risk of suicide attacks on Sinhalese majority cities in the south of the island.

Meanwhile, in an interview with the BBC,  Defence Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa  has rejected the Tamil Tigers offer to enter a democratic process, saying the rebels could not be trusted to give up terrorism “after years of their violent activities.” G. Rajapaksa maintains that the rights of the Tamil population are already represented by democratic Tamil political parties present in parliament. The Ministers comments follow a BBC interview of May 24th in which Selvarasa Pathmanathan, said the Tamil Tigers would now use non-violent methods to fight for the rights of the Tamils and had agreed to enter a democratic process to archive their aims.


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
01/08/2010 SRI LANKA
The United Nations: "The video is of tamil executions is authentic"
by Melani Manel Perera
05/16/2008 SRI LANKA
The state must also protect the lives and rights of the minorities
by Melani Manel Perera
03/02/2009 SRI LANKA
Government plans "villages" for the 200,000 refugees of Vanni
by Melani Manel Perera
05/24/2011 SRI LANKA
Seminar on fight against terrorism in Colombo
by Melani Manel Perera
04/28/2008 SRI LANKA
Army gives Madhu shrine back to diocese

Editor's choices
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
It looks like someone is trying to shout us down
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiunThe widespread optimism concerning the dialogue between the Holy See and China is largely groundless. Some Chinese bishops unable to speak freely are asked "leading" questions. The key issues remain unresolved, namely episcopal appointments and the fate of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics, also cited by Pope Francis, provides guidelines. No agreement is better than a bad agreement. What happened to Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang and Msgr. James Su Zhimin? Hong Kong's bishop emeritus, champion of religious freedom in China, delivers a vibrant reflection.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.