Skip to Content

Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

Monthly archive

U.N. Sidesteps Military Invasion of Somalia

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan criticised the U.S. military invasion of Iraq as an "illegal" act, he was blasted by right wing neo-conservatives in the United States. Annan was implicitly accusing the administration of President George W. Bush of violating the U.N. charter because it did not receive the authorisation of the Security Council to launch a military strike on Iraq four years ago.

Prof. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole on dealing with a terrorist suspect

Ratnajeevan H. HooleProf. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole writes that he was dealing with a terrorist suspect backed by low class thugs and exam cheats at the on-line news websites run by a few Tamil Diaspora, who used to go under multiple names. He adds that he observed that the person concerned has published articles under one particular name. Once he used that particular name, he presumed that was indeed his name and searched under that name for that person’s writing. Suddenly the person concerned wrote back that he is in another name similar to the Americanized first name middle initial last name style, reveals Prof. Hoole

Italy promises humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Italy's Deputy Foreign Minister has pledged 'maximum possible' humanitarian assistance for civilians in the war torn North and East provinces. During a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Italy's deputy foreign Minister Senator Gianni Vernetti had also emphasized the need for the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebels to immediately cease hostilities and commence peace negotiations. Senator Vernatti had promised humanitarian assistance in the form of food and other basic necessities to the thousands of displaced civilians in the North and East.

Sri Lanka & The SAARC Summit

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Sri Lanka has a singular window of opportunity in its campaign of national resistance against Tiger terrorism. That window is provided by the upcoming SAARC summit in April, which will be chaired by India. SAARC summits have played their part as significant nodal points of the interrelationship between Colombo, Delhi, Chennai (then Madras) and Jaffna (as it were). Prime Minster Rajiv Gandhi arranged for proximity talks between President Jayewardene and Velupillai Prabhakaran at the SAARC summit in Bangalore in November 1986. Prabhakaran was flown by helicopter to the venue, while India officials shuttled between the Sri Lankan side and the Tiger leader. Of course the entire exercise ended in failure.

A Call to Peace and End to Arms

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

The Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies have called for an end to violence that has been created over two decades of conflict and urged it be replaced with a new culture of peace. Humanitarian agencies have urged that lasting peace must be found within the intellectual and moral solidarity of the citizens of Sri Lanka. Agencies pointed out "It is this solidarity that should be our country’s desired goal, driven by its citizens on the basis of wholehearted commitment, vision and strength to achieve a united Sri Lanka where all ethnic and religious groups can live in freedom, equality and dignity."

ZOA Refugee Care denies providing any assistance to LTTE in Sri Lanka

ZOA Refugee Care denied providing any assistance to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, or to any LTTE-related organizations or to the LTTE-hospital in the area. ZOA Refugee Care is an international and Protestant agency, based in the Netherlands, and focuses on relief and rehabilitation among refugees and IDPs. ZOA is the abbreviation in Dutch for Zuid (South) Oost (East) Azie (Asia). Bernard Jaspers Faijer, ZOA Refugee Care’s Country Director, Sri Lanka released a press statement yesterday denying any dealings with LTTE - Sri Lanka’s separatist Tamil rebel outfit.

Sri Lanka: Dr. Palitha Kohona - new Secretary to Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Palitha Kohona - new Foreign SecretarySri Lankan Government's Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP), has now been appointed as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa handed over appointment letters to Dr. Palitha Kohona and two other new Ministry Secretaries yesterday morning at Temple Trees. Dr. Kohona is replacing the position held by H.M.G.S. Palihakkara who is now retired by the end of December 2006. Dr. Kohona is presently the Secretary General of the Secretariat for Coordinating the Peace Process (SCOPP) and also holds the post of Special Advisor to the President on the Peace Process.

US forces carry out provocative raid on Iran’s consulate in northern Iraq

In the early hours of yesterday morning, US forces raided the Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil, detaining at least five employees. The arrests were clearly aimed at reinforcing the bellicose message contained in President Bush’s speech, just hours before that the American military would “interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria” and “seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.”

Prof. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

UN Secretary General Report to Security Council on Sri Lanka situation comes hard on LTTE

Daya Gamage - US Bureau Asian Tribune

The United Nations Secretary General’s Special Report on the conflict situation and child recruitment in Sri Lanka submitted to the Security Council on 11 January was highly critical of the manner in which the separatist Tamil Tigers conduct itself violating all basic norms of human rights, its refusal to completely cease recruitment and use of children for combat and its prevention of the displaced persons from leaving the territory it controls to government-controlled cleared areas.