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Can the LTTE wage another war?

By Ranjith Gunaratna

In addition to the sporadic attacks on the security forces, bomb explosions, suicide attacks, and killing of civilians, threatening rhetoric of the LTTE leaders have imprinted a reasonable fear among the general public in Sri Lanka. Today, the public's perception is that at any moment the country would plunge into another costly and bloody war. The two dominant paradigms: outbreak of war after every failed peace negotiation in the past; and strengthening of the LTTE's military capabilities during the period of peace are supporting this belief. It is also natural to have such feelings as the LTTE has never ever displayed any genuine interest in resolving the conflict through negotiation. Therefore, based on its track records, no sensible human being is prepared to trust them. Yet, in the highly unpredictable environment of today, it is very unlikely that the LTTE would willingly resort to a full scale war. This appears to be rather controversial hypothesis, but there are evidences to arrive at this conclusion.

Defence Secretary in Washington for bilateral consultations

Secretary, Ministry of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa paid an official visit to Washington D.C. on 27 – 28 June 2006 for consultations with the U.S. administration. During his stay in Washington, Secretary Rajapakse met with the U.S. Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, the U.S. Under-Secretary of Defence Eric S. Edelman and the Vice Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chief of Staff Admiral Edmund Giambastiani.

For leadership and team work take a cue from geese flying

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Top executives in managerial level should lead from the top and engage in teamwork and the best example of leadership and team work in the way the geese flying hundreds of miles for winter and summer as they fly in perfect formation and when it is time to change leaders the geese manage the task in mid-flight, said Gamini Karunaratne, President, Chartered Management Institute –UK Sri Lanka Branch (CMI) at its Annual General Meeting held at the Galle Face Hotel, last week.

Mahindha gets leadership of the SLFP

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

MahindaMahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka who is from the ruling Sri lanka Freedom party has been elected as the new President of the Party. The party sources said the executive committee of the SLFP and the All Ceylon Select Committee of the Party unanimously agreed in this regard. The agreement to appoint president Rajapakse as the President of the SLFP was finalized at the Party gathering at the Temple Trees.

‘Boston Globe’: On a solution to the issues of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

‘Boston Globe’ in its editorial has advocated for a political solution to put an end to the Sri Lanka’s long drawn out ethnic conflict. The American daily newspaper has pointed out that the political solution must have to include a constitutional arrangement that frees Tamils in the northeast from submission to the Sinhalese-dominated central government. The editorial appraered on the 29 June issue of the 'Boston Globe' reminded a solution of this kind offered by Richard Boucher, US assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs, this month in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, where he emphasized: “Though we reject the methods that the Tamil Tigers have used, there are legitimate issues raised by the Tamil community and they have a very legitimate desire, as anybody would, to control their own lives, to rule their own destinies, and to govern themselves in their homeland, in the areas they've traditionally inhabited."

Sri Lankan President must convert 'All Party Conference' into a credible mechanism of the peace process – AITUF

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Akhila Ilankai Tamil United Front (AITUF), a newly formed political party consisting of some top notch Tamil politicians, has written to President Mahinda Rajapakse urging him to take steps to restructure the 'All Parties Conference and its Committees' by converting them into Credible Mechanisms of the Peace Process.

Special UN envoy to probe LTTE's child recruitments

Ms. CoomaraswamyWarning that the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are continuing to recruit and use child soldiers in Sri Lanka and highlighting allegations of grave violations against children by all parties in the conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, United Nations Special Representative for Children affected by armed conflict said today that she was appointing a Special Adviser to undertake a fact-finding mission to the island.

Sri Lanka regrets inaction of U.S. and West to take stringent actions Against LTTE front organizations

GoonetillekeDaya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the United States Bernard Goonetilleke, in a major policy statement, on behalf of his government, to an influential policy studies institute here in Washington, told the international community loud and clear that their vacillation in dealing with terrorism have the effect of feeding terrorism. Terrorism, Ambassador Goonetilleke had in mind, been that of the Tamil Tiger (LTTE) terrorism in his South Asian nation of Sri Lanka.

Anton ("incredibly stupid") Balasingham's apology to India backfires and LTTE blocks phone calls to his house

BalasinghamLeft without any allies abroad LTTE's latest attempt to win back India with a confession and an apology offered by Anton Balasingham for killing Rajiv Gandhi has met with hostile reaction from India. Faced with a blunt Indian rejection LTTE media and its spokespersons have shifted into reverse gear hoping to control the damage caused by the apology tendered by Anton Balasingham who told NDTV (New Delhi Television Ltd) - one of India's leading TV stations - that the killing of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 at Sriperampudhur was a "monumental tragedy for which we regret."

No takers in India as yet for LTTE confession cum olive branch

By M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

Even a day after the LTTE came out with stunning confessional cum olive branch, there is skepticism here in New Delhi and in Chennai, the headquarters of India's Dravidian parties, who are known for their sympathetic leaning towards the fellow ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka across the Palk Straits. Justice Milap Chand Jain, who had inquired the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, has however termed the Anton Balasingham's apology as 'meaningless'. He said if any one should confess to the crime, it is Velupillai Pirabhakaran. "This regret should have come from Pirabhakaran mouth, why from Balasingham," the retired judge who constituted the one man probe body said. He reiterated what he had said in his report - Indian government should also probe any international conspiracy behind the assassination.

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