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July 18, 2009

The Guardian – What really happened in Sri Lanka?

The Moscow Trial Was Fair wrote the British lawyer and MP Dennis Pritt, who was subsequently awarded the International Stalin Peace prize, having been expelled from the Labour party in the interim for backing the Soviet invasion of Finland.

The government of Sri Lanka must be hoping for a similarly credulous reaction to its decision last week to parade the five doctors who witnessed the bloody climax of the country’s civil war in May and now claim that they deliberately overestimated the number of civilian casualties.

Time Magazine – Q&A with Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa

In a meeting room at Temple Trees, the stately British-colonial residence that now makes up the President’s official compound, Mahinda Rajapaksa sat next to a framed 14th century temple painting and spoke with TIME’s Jyoti Thottam about winning the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Daily Mirror – UNICEF says TMVP still has child soldiers

The UN Children’s agency UNICEF has informed the Thamil Makkal Viduthalai Pullikal (TMVP) that there are more than 100 child soldiers still believed to be with the party, a claim the TMVP firmly denies.

 UNICEF officials told Daily Mirror according to the latest UNICEF database as of May 31 there are 107 outstanding cases of child soldiers with the TMVP of which 30 are under the age of 18 and 77 were underage at the time they were recruited but are now adults.

News Today – No plan to send refugees to Lanka

The Tamilnadu government today clarified that it had no intention of sending Tamil refugees back to Sri Lanka.

Replying to demands for grants for Public and Tamil Development departments at the Assembly on behalf of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, Finance Minister K Anbazhagan said a doubt was raised in the House as to whether the refugees would be sent back to their nation. 

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