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However some opposition Parliamentarians demanded a debate on the allegation.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe responded saying the Government is prepared to debate the matter in Parliament. However Leader of the House Lakshman Kiriella insisted that there was no such move and that the US Embassy in Colombo had also issued a statement on the matter. Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader Douglas Devananda told Parliament today that it was reported the base was going to be established in Trincomalee. On Sunday the United States had rejected claims it was in the process of establishing an army camp in Sri Lanka.The US Embassy in Colombo had 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.US Embassy Spokesperson Nancy VanHorn said that the claims were categorically false. The Government today insisted that the US has not sought to establish a military base in Trincomalee.The opposition raised concerns in Parliament over alleged moves by the US to establish a military base in Sri Lanka. “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. (Colombo Gazette) read more


first_imgPOLICE IN LONDON have arrested two men because of tweets they sent following a football game in the city on 6 October.The offending tweets made reference to Hitler and gas chambers and were described as being of an anti-Semitic nature.They were sent after West Ham United beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 on 6 October at White Hart Lane.Both men, aged 24 and 22, were arrested that their homes in the city yesterday and are being questioned on suspicion of inciting racial hatred.A third man, aged 48, was detained earlier this month as part of the same investigation.All suspects have been bailed to a date in late January.In a separate investigation that also dealt with anti-Semitic tweets relating to the same match, a 55-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead was arrested and cautioned on 28 November for malicious communications.Before the game, West Ham’s chairman had sent a letter to fans advising them that a zero-tolerance approach would be taken against any discriminatory behaviour.Spurs fans have been known to use the word ‘Yid’ which is seen as derogatory towards Jewish people. However, they see it as solidarity with Jewish supporters who are often targeted by travelling fans.Elsewhere: Limerick man hospitalised with gunshot wounds to the stomachMore: German authorities use ‘Nazi Shazam’ in crackdown on far-right radio stationslast_img read more

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