Tag Archives: Colombo

BBC Hard Talk on British Intervention in Sri Lanka

BBC’s Hard Talk has an interview with Des Browne, the special envoy for Sri Lanka of the British Government on Britain’s involvement and relations with Sri Lanka during and immediately after the last phase of the military conflict. An interesting conversation.

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Business Prospects after the War

Ajit Gunawardene, Deputy Chairman of John Keells Holdings talks to Bloomberg TV on the business prospects of a post-war Sri Lanka.


[video - English] Sri Lankan President Addresses the Nation

Youtube has the speech given by President Mahinda Rajapakse declaring the victory in the war against the LTTE.  The full speech is available in six parts. 

Part 1:

Part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Video in Sinhala

President Mahinda Rajapakse was given a hero’s welcome as he arrives in the country after the military delcared all civillians have been rescued and the LTTE cornered to a tiny stretch of land.  The streets of Colombo and around Sri Lanka are jubilant with the celebrations of an impending victory and a complete anhiliation of the LTTE.  There is talk that the LTTE leadership will commit mass suicide. The Sri Lankans expect a complete victory in the coming hours.

Update : Aljazera has a report on the celebrations

Prof. Rajiva Wijesingha on the International Interventionism

Rajiva Wijesinghe speaks to Sanchia Brown on the pressure put in by the International community on Sri Lanka.

UN statements on Sri Lanka

First, the official statement by the Security Council President, Vitaly Churkin (Russian Federation). Video is below, UN has the full statement


Miliband other European delegates from the UN Security Council made their own statements. The video for that too, is included below.


SBS Report on the Jaffna Library

Australia’s SBS has a new report on the Jaffna library and the story behind it. The video is below, a transcript is available at the SBS website.