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TNA ready to resume talks with the Government, says TNA leader M A Sumanthiran: The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian M. A. Sumanthiran said on August 28 that TNA was ready to resume talks with the Government in search of a lasting solution to the ethnic crisis based on power devolution within a united Sri Lanka. He said, "The Government is now saying it cannot hold talks with the TNA because we are representatives of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Government is trying to evade resolving the Tamil issue citing these false claims. We do not have any hidden agenda." Daily Mirror, August 29, 2014.

'LTTE runs Madrassa type Indoctrination Schools in Europe', says Sri Lankan Diplomat: Sri Lanka's Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Ravinatha Aryasinha, revealed that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are running "Madrassa type" indoctrination schools in European Union (EU) countries in which there is a substantial population of Tamils from Sri Lanka. He said that the LTTE has established "Madrassa-type" schools called "Tamil Cholai" to "ferment the radicalisation of Tamil youth, and glorify terrorism and martyrdom.". Indian Express, August 23, 2014.

'Government will not allow anyone to use its soil for terrorist acts against India', says External Affairs Minister G L Peiris: External Affairs Minister G L Peiris on August 19 said that the Government will not allow anyone to use its soil for terror elements to plan anti-India activities. Peiris said, "We have constantly assured India that under no circumstances will Sri Lankan soil be used for any acts against India." Indian authorities recently uncovered an alleged plot by a Pakistan-based terror group to carry out suicide attacks on United States (US) and Israeli consulates in south India. Colombo Page, August 20, 2014.

Sri Lanka will not allow UN team entry to probe alleged war crimes, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa: President Mahinda Rajapaksa on August 19 said that Sri Lanka will not allow the United Nations (UN) team investigating alleged war crimes committed during the last seven years of the three-decade long armed conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). He said the team of UN investigators appointed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will not be allowed into the country. Colombo Page, August 20, 2014.

Blacklisted persons can apply for removal of their names, says Sri Lanka Defense Ministry: Sri Lanka Defense Ministry spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that the persons and organizations that have been blacklisted under a special gazette notification by Sri Lanka Government can apply for clearance. Sri Lankan Government designated 424 individuals and 16 organizations, including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), as terrorists under the United Nations (UN) Act No 45 of 1968 by Extraordinary Gazette No 1854/41 dated March 21st 2014. Colombo Page, August 14, 2014.

Sri Lankan Government removes three names from the terrorist designation list:: Defense Ministry Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said that Sri Lankan Government has removed names of three people from the blacklist of those who are accused of conniving to revive terrorism in the country. The three persons who have been cleared are Karunanithi Thurairathnam alias Thurai who resides in France, Sutharasan Kailayanathan who lives in India and Thanushkody Premani, a resident of Kilinochchi, Northern Province. Colombo Page, August 13, 2014.

OISL begins investigation on Sri Lanka: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Investigation on Sri Lanka (OISL) has begun its investigation on alleged war crimes during the final phases of civil war in Sri Lanka in 2009. It has requested the High Commissioner to present an oral update on the investigation at its 27th session and a comprehensive report on the investigations at its 28th session. Colombo Page, August 5, 2014.

US actions seriously hampering reconciliation efforts in Sri Lanka, claims Government: Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry, while responding to a statement expressing concerns on media freedom in Sri Lanka issued by the United States (US) Embassy in Colombo, on July 28 charged that the actions of the US targeting a specific community in the island can seriously hamper the fragile reconciliation process. "Given the sensitivities involved when the country is going through a sensitive process of national reconciliation, restrictively targeting a specific group of people from a particular community or region can lead to a perpetuation of mistrust among communities, seriously hampering reconciliation efforts," the External Affairs Ministry said. Colombo Page, August 1, 2014.

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