Sirisena slams ties ex leader had with Gaddafi

President Maithripala Sirisena today criticized the relationship some former Sri Lankan leaders had with former Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi.Speaking to reporters in Colombo today, the President recalled how Gaddafi was seen in photographs with his arm around one former Sri Lankan leader. Former President Mahinda Rajapakse openly maintained a strong relationship with Muammar Gaddafi despite western global powers accusing him of being a dictator until his death. Meanwhile President Maithripala Sirisena also slammed the behavior of some politicians of the former regime for slinging mud at the UN.He recalled how some politicians staged protests outside the UN office in Colombo when the human rights issue was discussed in Geneva. The President also noted that countries like India, China and the US assisted Sri Lanka to defeat the LTTE.He said that the new Sri Lankan Government has been able to unite the UN Human Rights Council, which was earlier divided on the Sri Lankan issue. (Colombo Gazette) Sirisena did not mention Rajapaksa and his relationship with Gaddafi but the photograph he mentioned was that of Rajapaksa and Gaddafi in Libya. read more

Security Council assumes foster care for injured African elephant rescued from trap

“The Security Council has become a parent today,” Ambassador Jeremy Greenstock of the United Kingdom told reporters, explaining that the 15-member body was the “foster parent” of the elephant, which was rescued by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi after being caught by a snare.The elephant, whose ear had been “practically torn off” by the trap, was now doing very well, according to Ambassador Greenstock. “So it’s not just peace and security in Africa, it’s also wildlife the Security Council is at least temporarily showing its concern for,” he said.”There was a very touching look of parental affection on the faces of the members of around the Council,” he observed. “I think they wondered for a moment what the UK mission was doing, but I think they then got the point.””I hope the young elephant will also be a sign of the long memory of the Security Council for things that go both right and wrong in Africa,” he added. read more