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Israel-Hamas war: JVP backs UN Chief’s stand

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Former JVP MP Bimal Ratnayake addressing the media yesterday. His colleague Dr Nalinda Jayatissa looks on

By Saman Indrajith

The JVP yesterday said that it would stand by the position taken by the UN General Secretary António Guterres’ on the ongoing war between Israel and Palestine and the need of the hour was not to ascertain who started the latest round of atrocities but to find means to end the war immediately.

Addressing the media at the party headquarters in Pelawatte, former JVP MP Dr Nalinda Jayatissa lauded the Foreign Ministry of taking a similar stand on the matter and insisted that Sri Lanka should not take sides in the conflict, which had already claimed more than 8,000 lives of men, women and children on both sides.

“Sri Lanka has always been a nation that stood by just and fair principles whenever there was a war of this nature. Despite the fact that we have become one of the poorest nations, we as a nation still command respect from others, thanks to principle of not taking sides. It is for this very same reason of preventing wars the United Nations was formed. We as a party stand by the UN’s

decision and UN Secretary General Guterres’ statement that rather than finding out the names of the belligerents who commenced this round of atrocities, the urgent need is to put an immediate end to violence and atrocities. The need of the hour is nothing but an immediate ceasefire,” Dr Jayatissa said.

Former MP Bimal Ratnayake said: “We believe that there should be free Israel as well as free Palestine. Brazil, who is currently holding the UN Security Council’s presidency, should intervene more meaningfully to bring about an immediate ceasefire. Both Israel and Palestine should be compelled to stop the war and commence exchanging prisoners. We may be a small nation but our standpoint pertaining to conflicts of this nature has always been lauded by the civilized nations around the world. Our position is that a solution accepted by both Israel and Palestine should be evolved for this crisis. We also express our condolences to the family members of Lankans serving in the war zone and also those of Anula Ratnayake, who was a victim of this war,” former MP Ratnayake said.



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“Operation ‘Yukthiya’ will persist despite pressure” – Minister of Public Security

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Minister of Public Security, Mr. Tiran Alles, attending a news conference held at the Presidential Media Centre today (21) under the theme ‘Collective Path to a Stable Country’.emphasized his unwavering commitment to continue operations aimed at suppressing drugs, tackling the underworld and preventing violence against women and children, regardless of any pressure encountered.

Furthermore, Minister Alles disclosed that operation ‘Yukthiya’, which commenced on December 17, has resulted in the seizure of narcotics valued at Rs. 7.8 billion and assets including vehicles and buildings confiscated by law enforcement amount to Rs. 725 million. . A total of 58,562 raids have been conducted, leading to the arrest of 58,234 individuals involved in illicit activities.

 

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SLNS Samudura leaves for Maldives to take part in Exercise Dosti – XVI

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Sri Lanka Naval Ship (SLNS) Samudura left for the Maldives from the port of Colombo on Tuesday (20)  to take part in Exercise Dosti – XVI. The trilateral exercise ‘Dosti’ is scheduled to be held in Male from 22nd to 25th February.

The trilateral exercise ‘Dosti’ aims to enhance cooperation, strengthen friendship, improve mutual operational capability, and develop interoperability among the Coast Guard personnel of India, Maldives and Sri Lanka.

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“Sri Lankan unity paves the way for rapid national development” – President

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Sri Lanka’s Chief Scout, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his address at the 10th National Scout Jamboree held at the Koneswara Hindu Vidyalaya Stadium in Trincomalee this morning (21), underscored the potential of Sri Lankans to steer the nation towards rapid development and fortify its security for future generations through unified efforts.

The President highlighted that participation in the National Scout Jamboree transcends divisions of caste and religion. He articulated that unity among Sri Lankans, spanning from the North to the South and from Colombo to Trincomalee, is pivotal in accomplishing shared objectives.

President Wickremesinghe pledged his support for the expansion of the Scout Association, noting its role in nurturing responsible citizens essential for the country. Furthermore, he announced the plans to facilitate collaboration between the Scout Association and the Ministry of Technology, underscoring the importance of leveraging interactions across sectors for national development.

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