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British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, in a written statement to the British House of Commons, urged President Mahinda Rajapakse to use his new mandate to make real progress on national reconciliation.

The British Foreign office, in a statement today said that Miliband had noted that since the end of the fighting last May between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE there has been a unique opportunity for the government to work with all communities in Sri Lanka to achieve lasting peace through genuine national reconciliation.

Meanwhile the British Foreign office said that Miliband will be addressing the forthcoming London conference of the Global Tamil Forum to encourage a forward-looking, constructive approach.

Some British websites say the move is likely to create a further rift between the Sri Lankan government and Miliband as the Global Tamil Forum is believed to be a movement which advocates a separate state in Sri Lanka.

The British Foreign office said the President has made some positive comments about the need to focus on the concerns of Tamils and to discuss the devolution of powers and setting out his plans for political reform would be a welcome next step.

Britain is also encouraging the government to address concerns over the recent Presidential polls by conducting thorough investigations into any allegations and to encourage an atmosphere of calm by reaching out to those who did not support the President.  (Daily Mirror online)
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  • Wednesday, 24 February 2010 04:54 AM

    Miliband is going to fall in trouble............... We also understand that there is a need on global tamil forum but it should call into being thru Sri Lankan government. If not it will wrought as terrorist concept.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 05:09 AM

    Comeon Miliband, resolve your issues first. Your leader needs all the support he can get with the coming elections.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 05:15 AM

    I am sure the usual UK bashing will follow this comment, although there is much truth in what Miliband has said.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 05:16 AM

    Why are you buggers so worried about Iraq and Afghanistan? Do you think by always mentioning these countries you can get away with any human rights violations?

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 07:17 PM

    Attacking any critic (Miliband, UN, AI, etc.) is simply a diversionary tactic. Of course 'knocking' the minority, in SL, is all the fashion, but beware that eventually ANYONE can become a target!

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 01:40 AM

    We are no more a British Colony.We will take care of are own problems. Let him settle the new Fakland issue with Argentina.



    Sarath Dassanaike

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 01:58 AM

    Jokers and Clowns are urging Sri Lankan Govt. Yeah, we need then to keep the momentum running.
    Spectators will laugh at them and they are there to be laughed.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 02:15 AM

    Ask him to beg some money from his pay masters in the diaspora to buy a pram for his child without robbing British tax payers monies on the sly. Shame on you mili banda !

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 02:24 AM

    You must be joking Mandate will be used to suppress tamils more and to use Sate terrorism more vigourously as it has been doen from 1956 to 1983 the pre LTTE arena

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 02:33 AM

    Please don't waste space by publishing the statements of this man. Tamil Global Forum is a pro LTTE organisation and Miliband indirectly supporting EALAM by planning to make a speach.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 02:46 AM

    HEY MILIBAND HOW ABOUT ADDRESSING REAL PROGRESS IN YOUR BACK YARD BEFORE PREACHING TO SRI LANKA?

    REMEMBER IF PRESIDENT RAJAPAKSE LISTENED TO YOU DURING THE LAST STAGES OF THE WAR, THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO PROGRESS AT ALL.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 02:51 AM

    Do you accept the mandate MR got as a genuine mandate. We feel it is a hyjacked mandate.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 10:25 AM

    Why is Milliband singing a different tune now? Does he want another free trip to this beautiful country?

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 02:58 AM

    Hey Mr Sillyband, you have surfaced again with your stupid comments/ sugestions on my motherland.You do what ever you wants to do in England.But not in Sri Lanka. We dont have to address concerns of the recently concluded Presidential election. General public knows, it was a fair & Free election.If you want to contact directly on concerns come again to Sri lanka & talk to our SoD. Have a good day

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 03:01 AM

    Doesn't this guy have any other work?

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 03:03 AM

    I agree what Mr. David Miliband said, SL strugle long outstanding Tamil problem for more than 65 years

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 10:29 AM

    This time around you are talking some sense, Mr Milliband.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 03:09 AM

    Real progress, are you sure? The real progress should start from Iraq which British and American went and displaced 3 million Iraqis, have you settle them? Under Saddam not a single suicide bomber existed and now after you invaded on bogus pretext - have made any progress to stop that bloddbath? Progress should start their mate!

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 03:18 AM

    why cant this man still understand that this is not their colony anymore???

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 03:26 AM

    Who cares about this tosser!

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 03:29 AM

    Licking wounds...ha, Mr Miliband? Still suffering from d humiliation n determined to take revenge?

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 03:47 AM

    What is he talking about- mandate? A win after various frauds and rigging is not called a mandate.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 04:26 AM

    Look who is talking..... First "Robber" Blake & now Davib "Rubberband"
    Dont they have problems in their own countries.


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