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Sri Lanka to give priority to constitution drafting over war crimes accountability mechanisms

Colombo, February 8 (The New Indian Express): The Sirisena-Wickremesinge government in Sri Lanka will give priority to drafting a new constitution for the country over setting up war crimes accountability mechanisms like the Judicial Mechanism and the Truth Seeking Commission, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said here on Tuesday. Speaking to the Foreign Correspondents Association, Samaraeera said that the new constitution,...

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China’s state-run newspaper says India working against Beijing’s interests in Sri Lanka

Beijing, Feb 8 (Hindustan Times/Sutirtho Patranobis) - India is working against Chinese interests in Sri Lanka by interfering in a port project funded by Beijing because New Delhi is worried about losing its influence in the Indian Ocean, state media said on Tuesday. Quoting local academics, nationalistic tabloid Global Times said Sri Lanka was made to repeatedly “vow” that China will...

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No Lease Agreement on Trincomalee oil tanks needs to be signed, Indian sources say

Colombo, February 7 (The New Indian Express): In the 2003 tripartite agreement between the Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC), the Sri Lankan government’s Treasury, and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), there was no requirement to sign a “Lease Agreement” on the transfer of the 99 oil tanks in the eastern town of Trincomalee to the LIOC, Express learns from informed...

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Sri Lanka, China congratulate each other on 60th anniversary

BEIJING, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Sri Lankan counterpart Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday exchanged congratulatory messages to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Sri Lanka. In his message to Sirisena, Xi pointed out that since China and Sri Lanka established diplomatic relations 60 years ago, the bilateral ties,...

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Sri Lanka says SAARC must unite to overcome challenges

Colombo, Feb 7 (NIA) - Sri Lanka has called on the SAARC member states to unite in order to overcome and eliminate terrorism from the region. Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary, Karunasena Hettiarachchi said that at a time when the very existence of SAARC might be threatened, President Maithripala Sirisena had emphasized that every country of the SAARC should act with unity.  Hettiarachchi was speaking at...

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