The UN Security Council on Thursday demanded for an end to all foreign support being given to the M23 rebels fighting against the government in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
The statement voiced a “strong condemnation of any and all outside support to the M23 and demand that all support to the M23, including from outside countries, cease immediately.”
Although 'foreign supporters' were not named, the envoy made it clear that it had certain countries in mind. Uganda and its neighbour Rwanda, who recently lost US aid due to allegations of supporting the Congolese rebels, have repeatedly denied accusations of fuelling the unrest in the eastern part of the DRC.
Discussing the Congolese M23 rebels, a UN diplomat said, “these rebels are very well equipped. They’re getting help from somewhere.”
Congo’s government have requested an explanation from Ugandan authorities with regards to persistent rumours that their soldiers are backing the rebels.
A parliamentarian from the Tamil National Alliance, M.A Sumanthiran, speaking to the Sunday Leader, outlined that the government was responsible for the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) calls to abolish the 13 Amendment.
The Sri Lankan government has expressed concern over a recent Memorandum of understanding, signed between the US Embassy in Colombo and the Trincomalee Urban Council, to establish an ‘American Corner’, a public information centre.
A Sri Lankan military soldier is suspected to have perpetrated the rape of a 7 year old girl in Nedunkeni, Vavuniya, reports Uthayan.
The incident led to a protest by local Tamils, demanding that the culprit be arrested.