US insists no move to establish army camp in Sri Lanka

The United States (US) has rejected claims it was in the process of establishing an army camp in Sri Lanka.The US Embassy in Colombo said that a base had never been a part of the US relationship with Sri Lanka nor have there ever been discussions aimed at establishing one. However, US Embassy Spokesperson Nancy VanHorn told The Sunday Morning that the claims were categorically false.“The US Embassy is aware of erroneous reports that the United States intends to establish a military base in Sri Lanka. These reports are categorically false. While the US-Sri Lanka military partnership has included disaster preparedness and relief, maritime security training, and exercises to enhance interoperability, a base has never been a part of the relationship nor have there ever been discussions aimed at establishing one,” she said. Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara told reporters on Friday that the Government was looking at allowing the US to establish a military base in Sri Lanka. Jayasekara claimed that US Army troops, army equipment, including communication devices were expected to be brought into Sri Lanka. read more

Security Council condemns violent attacks against diplomatic premises

“The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at these attacks recalling that the very nature of diplomatic premises is peaceful and that diplomats have among their core functions the promotion of better understanding across countries and cultures,” the 15-member body said in a statement issued to the press.“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that such acts are unjustifiable regardless of their motivations, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”At least seven people have reportedly been killed amid violent protests that have taken place outside the diplomatic premises of several Western countries across the Middle East in response to a film made in the United States seen as insulting to Islam.The Council called on all authorities to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel, and to respect fully their international obligations in this regard.The President of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, also deplored the recent acts of violence against diplomatic missions in the Middle East and elsewhere.He reiterated his call for refraining from “irresponsible acts of insult against religions and religious symbols,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.He called for an end to all acts of incitement to hatred and discrimination based on faith, race or cultural differences, and for all parties to exercise restraint and calm and abide by international legal obligations. read more