“The Conflict was also internationalized, and the issue has been in the international domain. Several resolutions were adopted at the United Nations Human Rights Council and the resolution adopted in October 2015 comes up for review in February /March 2017. Our Neighbour and parent Country India offered its good offices to resolve the issue which Sri Lanka accepted in 1983. An Indo Sri Lanka agreement was signed on 29th July 1987 between Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi of India and President J R Jayawardene of Sri Lanka which laid down vital contours for a political resolution,” he said. Sampanthan says issues relating to transitional justice in respect of which resolutions have been adopted at the Human Right Council also need to be addressed.He says these are also issues of urgent public importance in respect of which the Country needs to be kept informed.“While we on our part will extend the maximum co-operation to the satisfactory conclusion of these processes and to the non – recurrence of violence, it is absolutely essential that these processes be taken forward in a genuine and purposeful manner, so as to ensure permanent peace with justice and equality to all citizens,” he said. He also noted that there were also several domestic efforts to finally resolve the conflict and the efforts were made after the enactment of the 13th amendment to the Constitution.“With the assumption of office of the new Government, Parliament has constituted itself as a Constitutional Assembly, a Steering Committee, comprising of representatives of all political parties in Parliament has been appointed, under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister, various Sub – Committees representing different political parties have been appointed, and work is in progress for the evolution of a Constitution to resolve the conflict within a united, undivided and indivisible Sri Lanka, with the maximum possible consensus,” he said. He also said it is fundamental that all extend their cooperation to enable the successful conclusion of these processes. (Colombo Gazette) He said the armed conflict by Tamil youth emerged only after several decades of ethnic violence against the Tamil people. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has warned that ethnic violence against Tamils is an imminent danger until there is a political resolution to the conflict.TNA leader R. Sampanthan told Parliament today that ethnic violence was unleashed against the Tamil people when they made political demands that would enable them to live as equal citizens in the Country.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Iditarod officials have cleared a four-time champion of any wrongdoing in a dog-doping scandal that followed the sled dog race last year.Officials for the 1,000-mile (1,610 kilometre) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race issued a statement this week absolving musher Dallas Seavey of any involvement in the drugging of his dogs, the Anchorage Daily News reported .Four of Seavey’s dogs tested positive for the opioid painkiller tramadol, a banned substance, following his second-place finish in March 2017.“We met with him multiple times and there was (sufficient) evidence to conclude he didn’t have anything to do with it,” said Mike Mills, president of Iditarod’s board of directors.Mills declined to say what that evidence was.“It’s a hard situation to untangle, but we’re comfortable that we made the right decision,” Mills said.Seavey said he presented a “very compelling case” to the race board. After the test results were made public last year, he had suggested that someone sabotaged his team.“I can’t prove what did happen, but we can strongly prove what didn’t happen,” Seavey said.Seavey said he can’t share of all the information about the case, but he noted that one of his arguments dealt with the timing of the drug tests. The dogs had high levels of the drug immediately before test, which he knew was coming.“It does not look like something someone was trying to get away with. It’s very blatant,” Seavey said.While Mills said Seavey did not have knowledge of the doping, officials have not determined who was responsible for it.“We’re convinced we’re never going to figure that out,” Mills said.Seavey raced in Norway instead of running the Iditarod this year. He hasn’t decided where he will race next year.“I’m not entirely sure which way we’re going, but I’m training dogs,” Seavey said. “This whole situation over a whole year-and-a-half has been tiresome, to say the least. I’m focused on having fun with the dog team. The simple side of it.”___Information from: Anchorage Daily News, http://www.adn.comThe Associated Press