Wigneswaran says has backing of EPDP replies to Sampanthan

Meanwhile TNA sources said that attempts are being made to prevent a split in the TNA over the issue.Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran last week faced calls to step down in a corruption drama involving some members of the Northern Provincial Council. The Chief Minister also said that he replied to a letter sent by Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader R. Sampanthan. The TNA made it known publicly that it was not happy with Wigneswaran.The corruption scandal which rocked the Northern Provincial Council saw 21 members calling for Wigneswaran’s removal.The TNA had earlier accused Wigneswaran of looking to act on four members of the council over the corruption charges without consulting the TNA. The website reported that ITAK is seriously contemplating the removal of Wigneswaran as Chief Minister in the context of the current corruption scandal that has rocked the Northern Province. (Colombo Gazette) Wigneswaran said he responded this morning to the letter he received from Sampanthan yesterday. The official website of the TNA reported that Wigneswaran is likely to be removed from office soon by the Ilankai Thamil Arasuk Katchi (ITAK) which fielded him as the Chief Ministerial candidate of the political formation known as the TNA in September 2013. The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) has extended support to Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran.Wigneswaran told reporters today he received a telephone call from EPDP leader Douglas Devananda extending the support of his party to him over the crisis which had arisen in the North. read more

UN official says recent terror attacks represent exact opposite of values of

“Peace, stability, intercultural harmony and sustainable development are closely interlinked and mutually reinforcing,” said Mr. Al-Nasser in a press statement released today which spoke of new and emerging ideological threats of the 21st century. “They are key factors to accomplishing an environment conducive to prosperity and human rights. Therefore, we need to protect our future and our generations from the forces that fuel tensions, hatred and violence.”The High Representative cited several recent terrorist attacks around the world as an portraying the “exact opposite” of the core values that should prevail among peaceful communities and said increasing religious-based intolerance had led to targeted killings of innocent people from different faiths and the perpetuation of stereotyping, xenophobia and racism.He stressed that such acts violated the purposes and principles of the UN Charter and International Law and ran counter to the values of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, which embraces as its core mission the promotion of cultural diversity, religious tolerance, and inclusiveness.“These values are best promoted through, peaceful and meaningful dialogue in accordance with universally accepted norms and shared values,” he said, adding that existing UN resolutions, along with other international and regional instruments, provide the international community with legal and moral tools to prevent and combat conditions conducive to the spread of extremism, violence and terrorism.“Sadly and despite the efforts made, certain ideological mind-sets continue to project their uncivilized face in our world,” he said, calling for universally agreed parameters to combat hate speech and incitement in all their forms.He added that further efforts to prevent tackle such extremism should range from measures to reform the UN to better adherence to international law.“Preventive action should entail the empowerment and reform of the relevant existing instruments needed by the International Community to respond to and cope with the new and emerging ideological threats, for the sake of our collective security and Human Rights for all,” he said. read more