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Samaraweera had met the GTF in London over the weekend to discuss the immediate needs of the Tamils in the North and East and how the diaspora can help to meet those needs. Weerawansa said that there is only one Government in Sri Lanka and no Provincial Council can be called a Government. (Colombo Gazette) The GTF was listed by the former Government over alleged links with the LTTE and Weerawansa said that Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera must be arrested for meeting the GTF. National Freedom Front (NFF) leader and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa today slammed the meeting the Government had with the Global Tamil Forum (GTF) in London.Weerawansa said that while the opposition has no issued with the Government meeting democratically elected Tamil representatives, it has an issue with the Government meeting banned groups. Weerawansa said that there is now a clear attempt to allow the international community to interfere in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs.The MP also slammed Subinay Nandy, the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations in Sri Lanka, saying, in a statement issued last week he had referred to the Northern Provincial Council as the Northern Province Government. read more

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In a late evening statement to the press, the Council condemned acts of violence against diplomatic and consular representatives. The Council members also commended the Afghan National Security Forces for their effective action. According to media reports, at least four heavily-armed gunmen attacked the diplomatic complex on Friday. Afghan forces and paramilitary Indo-Tibetan Border Police killed the attackers with no injuries reported to anyone inside the consulate.While no group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, the 15-member Council reiterated serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida and other terrorist and extremist groups and illegal armed groups.The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, according to the statement which called terrorism criminal and unjustifiable in all its forms.No terrorist act can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and the international community, the Council said in the statement. Members also urged all Governments to cooperate actively with Afghan authorities in bringing those responsible to account, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions.The attack comes as Afghanistan is preparing for a second round of voting in its presidential election after the 5 April polls. The runoff is scheduled for 14 June.India is also undergoing a change in its leadership. Prime minister-elect Narendra Modi will take his oath of office on Monday. read more

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