The Elders criticise the Sri Lankan government.
Sri Lanka announces legal action against the owner and manager of the MT "New Diamond" ship which caught fire last Thursday off the coast of the country. Sri Lankan authorities say the lawsuit will be issued under the nation's law. Neither the owner nor manager of the ship commented on the statement.
Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse and other prominent Sri Lankans protest international calls and the appointment of a United Nations panel to investigate war crimes allegedly committed during the country's civil war with the Tamil Tiger separatists.