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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 83

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Open warfare between Karuna and his deputy Pillaiyan: split due to money and command structure issues

The Karuna Group in the east which broke away from the Vanni-led LTTE has split into two groups, according to sources in Colombo. The deputy leader Pillaiyan of the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal military wing, has broken away from his leader, Murlitharan alias Colonel Karuna. Sources revealed that the falling out has occurred over issues of "money and the command structure". "Asian Tribune" reliably learnt that Pillaiyan had also resented the "remote control" approach of Karuna while Pillaiyan was in the field moving with his cadres. The split ocurred after the two sides engaged in open warfare. Recently, Pillaiyan who was in Vaharai was summoned to Colombo for a meeting and was ordered to stay in a particular hotel in Colombo. Accordingly Pillaiyan went to Colombo for the meeting.

California judge withdraws her own judgment favoring PKK and LTTE in a 16 page verdict

By Walter Jayawardhana

A federal judge in Los Angeles, California has withdrawn her own judgment favoring Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Partiya Karkeran Kurdistan (PKK) terrorist group in Turkey delivered last November. The ruling highly criticized by section of the press and legal quarters and US justice department was withdrawn by the judge on Friday may 4 in a 16 page order,

Pesident Mbeki assures S. African cooperation in promoting peace in Sri Lanka

President Thabo Mbeki assured two of the mainstream Tamil political party leaders -- Minister Douglas Devananda MP, who is also the Secretary General of the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party and veteran leader and V.Anandasangaree, leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front - that of South Africa will never provide base for terrorists organizations from any country. He emphasised that his country would only support efforts for any political solution through negotiation. President Mbeki gave this assurance when he met the two Tamil political leaders in S. Africa. They visited S. Africa on the invitation of the S. African government. The mission of Douglas Devananda and Anandsangaree was to convey the concerns of the Tamils for a negotiated settlement, to strengthen the peace process. and to promote the political aspirations of the Tamil-speaking people.

UN accused of “shielding LTTE’s criminal actions” in Sri Lanka

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Rohitha Bogollagama summoned Jeff Taft Dick, Representative and Director of World Food Programme and Acting Resident Humanitarian Coordinator yesterday and ticked him off for attempting to “shield the LTTE’s criminal actions” in Sri Lanka. This is the latest development in the on-going saga of LTTE abducting two UN staffers. S. P. Tamilselvan, head of the Political Wing of the LTTE, had told UN that they had released one worker but the release of the other is under “review”. The LTTE had abducted the two UN workers accusing them of releasing the internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were being used as human shields by the LTTE.

NGOs Warn of World Bank "Fundamentalists"

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When the United States tried to water down a longstanding policy on reproductive health and family planning at the World Bank last month, there was a storm of protests from population experts and activist groups worldwide. The protests came from several non-governmental organizations, including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Bretton Woods Project, CARE International UK, Global Population Education, Action Aid and the Centre for Health and Gender Equity. All of them complained that a proposed draft strategy on population, backed by the United States, did not acknowledge women's sexual health and reproductive rights.

Government of Sri Lanka directly accuses SLMM for breaching its mandate

Accusing Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) directly for the first time, the Government of Sri Lanka accused the SLMM of going beyond its mandate by making comments on the government's air raids and spy plane activities on Kilinochchi on May 7. The GoSL was responding to the latest SLMM situation report. The report said "In Kilinochchi the situation remains very tense, mostly because of above mentioned air strikes, some of which have taken place close to Kilinochchi town. Reports of significantly increased UAV and manned Spy plane activity over Vanni have been received. SLMM can verify several of these."

MuayThai Seminar, Workshop held at Imphal

MFI MuayThai Seminar and Workshop have been successfully organized from May 4 to 5, 2007 at Imphal Hotel and Krishtina Hotel in Imphal. The Manipur Amateur MuayThai Council, MAMC, a Unit of the MuayThai Federation of India, MFI, has organized the events. The President of the MFI Oken Jeet Sandham, MFI Vice President O Manglemjao, host of MFI Executive Members and MAMC leaders attended the program. Inaugurating the Seminar, MFI President Oken Jeet Sandham explained as to how International Federation of MuayThai Amateur, IFMA, the only International Amateur MuayThai Governing Body in the world, came into being and its recognition by Olympic Council of Asia, OCA and General Association of International Sports Federation, GAISF.

Democracy in exile

By Allabaksh - Syndicate Features

Democracy in India may be flawed on many accounts but it survives despite being sandwiched by two countries, Bangladesh to its east and Pakistan to its left, that are perfecting a new form of silencing dissent by dispatching the principal critics to distant shores apparently without inviting opprobrium from the sole leader of the ‘free’ world. The politics of exile in these two countries is blessed by their powerful patrons overseas, who are otherwise ever eager to dispatch their armies and fighter planes to any part of the world they perceive as groaning under dictatorship of an unfriendly ruler. And it will remain a bit of a mystery how or why the exiled leaders, accused of amassing ill-gotten wealth and other crimes, are easily accepted as honoured guests and allowed to live comfortably with the same ill-gotten wealth.

Tamils arrested in Australia under Howard’s draconian “anti-terrorism” laws

In a series of federal and state police raids in Sydney and Melbourne, two prominent members of Australia’s Tamil community were arrested on May 1 on “terrorism” charges, with the police publicly declaring that more arrests were likely to follow.
The operation follows a wave of similar arrests in the United States and France of alleged supporters of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka. Last year President Mahinda Rajapakse plunged the country back into civil war by ordering military offensives against the LTTE in flagrant violation of a 2002 ceasefire. Led by Washington, which has tacitly backed Rajapakse, the Western powers are now seeking to cripple the LTTE’s support network among Tamils living in exile.

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US State Department’s Richard Boucher in Sri Lanka to talk on unit of devolution, human rights and IDPs

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

Richard BoucherRichard Boucher, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs in the United States Department of State undertakes his third visit to Sri Lanka May 8 through 10. According to the American Embassy press release, “he will discuss the peace process, humanitarian issues, and human rights with President Rajapaksa, government ministers, senior military officials, and civil society leaders in Colombo and Jaffna.”