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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 76

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Musharraf & Benazir

A Significant Change in US Position on Sri Lanka: US now wants Political Voice of Moderates Strengthened

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune Commentary

In a press release issues by the United States Department of State following a 45-minute meeting between Under Secretary Nicholas Burns and Sri Lanka’s foreign minister Rohitha Bogallagama on October 04 in Washington, the Department stated that Burns urged Sri Lanka “to progress on a power-sharing proposal that will give a political voice to all moderate Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese.” The press statement does not state that the Government of Sri Lanka should renew dialogue with separatist Tamil Tiger terrorist outfit, a significant departure from the State Department’s previously rigid position that dictated most of the American government’s and Congress’ dealings on Sri Lanka issue.

ASEAN Backs Neither U.S. nor China over Burma

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which Burma (Myanmar) is a member, is refusing to see eye-to-eye either with the United States or China on how the international community should deal with the ongoing crisis in the politically-troubled military-run country. Speaking as chair of ASEAN, Ambassador Vanu Gopala Menon of Singapore told the Security Council Friday the military repression in Burma "cannot just be an internal matter" -- a view diametrically opposed to that of China.

Sri Lanka Calls for Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural Understanding

Prasad KariyawasamAddressing the UN General Assembly Friday, Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam said that the High-Level Dialogue on Inter-religious and Inter-cultural Understanding and Cooperation for Peace is taking place at an opportune moment. The decision by the General Assembly to convene this event is a manifestation of the interest of the international community and the United Nations to promote a dialogue on this important issue. Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the delegations of Pakistan and the Philippines for spearheading the adoption of the GA Resolution 61/211 which paved the way for this event.

Refugee International says UN Security Council Must Condemn Burma Violence

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune

In an atmosphere in which China and India, as done before, endeavor to prevent the United Nations Security Council adopting stronger attitude toward the military junta in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, the Washington-based Refugee International wants the Council not only to condemn Burma violence but also a strong UN action against ongoing crackdown to promote regional peace and security. Refugees International urged the UN Security Council October 05 to promote peace and security in Southeast Asia by condemning the Burmese military regime's violent and oppressive actions against peaceful demonstrators in the country.

Sri Lankan Refugees in Tamil Nadu voluntarily returning back

P.M.AmzaThe refugees’ arrivals in Tamil Nadu have now decreased dramatically. The present trend is that Sri Lankan Refugees in Tamil Nadu are voluntarily beginning to return to the country. With the clearance of the Eastern Province, the refugees from the Eastern Province especially those who came as refugees from the Trincomalee district, are now returning to Sri Lanka said P.M.Amza Sri Lankas Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai. Deputy High Commissioner Amza speaking to Asian Tribune said, “The relaxation of fishing in the Eastern seas, the introduction of budget airline, and the completion of Tsunami related projects in the East are added reasons for such return. “

Dick Grigson of Hemtours elected President, SLAITO

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Dick Grigson of Hemtours (Pte) Ltd was re-elected as President, Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) at its 27th AGM held at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce auditorium for the year 2007/2008. The other office bearers: Vice President, Chandra Wickremasinghe, Connaissance Holdings Ltd; Secretary: Ramesh Dassanayake, Sunway Holidays and Treasurer: Gulam Abdulhussein, Pan Lanka Travels & Tours Ltd. Commerce. SLAITO is the apex body for inbound tourism and the membership of SLAITO consists of Destination Management Companies who service tourists in Sri Lanka while Foreign Travel companies and charter operators who are principals of the local members are admitted as associate members. Currently there are 89 member companies in the Association.

Launch of the annual European Day against the Death Penalty

In Lisbon, the Council of Europe will officially declare a "European Day against the Death Penalty", to be marked annually on 10 October by various events in member states. Following the decision taken on 26 September by Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe will officially declare, in Lisbon, a "European Day against the Death Penalty", to be held annually on 10 October, through various events in member states. This is consequent to Lisbon’s EU leadership and the European Commission plan to stage a major conference October 09 in the Portuguese capital to launch the European day Against the Death Penalty a day later.

Celebrating people factor in business growth

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

The Association of Human Resource Professionals (HRP) is organizing the ‘HRM Awards 2007 – Super 10” to be held in early February 2008 and this year its format has been changed to a HRM Study – “Celebrating the people factor in business growth”. A Press Conference was held at the Trans Asia Hotel last week to explain the modalities of the competition. This year HRP is partnering with Hewitt Associates, an expert on human capital issues with more than 65 years experience. Hewitt has consulted with more than 2,300 organizations, administering human resources health care, payroll and retirement programmes for them. Hewitt is in 35 countries employing around 24,000 associates.

Pakistan's floundering democracy gets ready for elections

By M. Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi

Musharraf & BenazirThe Presidential election taking place in Pakistan on October 6 is unusual in many respects. Musharraf is still the army chief. He is getting elected by lame duck parliament and provincial assemblies. This vote is more or less a formality with Benazir Bhutto inking her own life saving deal with the General Then, Pakistan is different. The democracy practiced in Pakistan is not the Westminster variety either. It is a feudal –military oligarchy with the external trappings of democracy. Virtually all parties in the country are either dynastic in nature (PPP of Benazir Bhutto) or are propped up by the establishment (Nawaz Sharif's PML). Enrolment of voters, qualifications for candidates, polling process, counting of votes and proceedings in a legislature are all designed to maintain status quo. Transition to a durable democracy therefore remains a mirage.

Rohitha Bogollagama with Nicholas Burns

Prasad Kariyawasam


Inbound Tour

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs told of the significant improvement in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka

Rohitha Bogollagama with Nicholas Burns Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has said there has been a significant improvement in the human rights situation in Sri Lanka over the past few months and that the Government was vigorously pursuing action against alleged human rights abusers with a view to bringing the perpetrators to justice. The Minister also added that the All Party Representative Conference (APRC), which is tasked with finding a Southern consensus to solve the conflict in Sri Lanka is expected to complete the process shortly. The Minister made these observations in reviewing developments in Sri Lanka at a meeting with US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, held at the State Department in Washington D.C. on Thursday (04 October 2007).