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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2278

Thais ready with peace task forces

Sunday Times

Balasingham wants to return to the Wanniby new route via Kerala after talks. Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinwatra's Government has given high priority for the upcoming peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE in the Sattahip Naval complex on the outskirts of the Pattaya beach resort.

Norway seeks world aid to rebuild Lanka

Sunday Times

Ottawa,Canada, Saturday (Reuters) - Peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE will stand a better chance of success if international donors act now to help rebuild the war-damaged island, a senior Norwegian official said on Friday.

March for peace tomorrow

The Sunday Leader

The United National Party (UNP) is expecting unprecedented crowds to attend the Jana Bala Meheyuma tomorrow, September 9. The walk has been organised to propagate solidarity for peace and democracy in the country.

Local polls in NE on Sept. 25”

The Sunday Leader

While the government has already decided to hold local government elections in the north and east, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is planning to request Prime Minister Ranil Wickr- emesinghe to postpone the elections further.

I will marry them for you

A fellow is getting ready to tee-off on the first hole when
a second fellow approaches and asks if he can join him. The
first says that he usually plays alone but agrees to let the
second guy join him.

LTTE to remain in US list of terrorists

PTI News

Friday , September 06, 2002 Colombo: The United States on Friday said LTTE would remain in its list of terrorist organisations until it renounced terrorism in "word and deed" but welcomed Sri Lanka's decision to lift the four-year ban on the outfit ahead of historic peace talks in Thailand later this month.

Sri Lankas opposition condemns lifting of ban on Tamil Tigers

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka Fri Sep 6 :- Sri Lanka's opposition condemned on Friday the decision to legalize the Tamil Tiger rebel group ahead of peace talks, with one party threatening a campaign of agitation to try and overthrow the government.

Hakeem to lead delegation meeting Prabhakaran in Vanni

By Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

SLMC leader and Port Development Minister Rauff Hakeem who returned from London on Thursday night after meeting LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham said he would lead a delegation to Vanni to meet LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and also have parallel talks with the government before official peace talks begin in Bangkok.

Israeli military hardware for SL whenever need arises - Ambassador

By Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Israli Ambassador for Colombo David Matnai who is stationed in Bangkok yesterday said that the Israel government would continue to support Sri Lanka on military matters including supplies if and when the need arose as it had been in the past. Ambassador Matnai who is on a visit to Colombo also dismissed allegations made by a former Mossad agent in a book that they had trained LTTE cadres. "The government of Israel will never do something like that and there is no truth in those allegations. These were made by a person who fell out with Mossad," he said.

Govt.- LTTE agreement on sea movements: CBK calls for detailed report from PM

The Island

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has called for a detailed report from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the Government’s agreement with the LTTE regarding LTTE sea movements, a news release from the Presidential secretarial said.

It is possible he could be out there practicing law somewhere

In a murder trial, the defense attorney
was cross-examining a pathologist.

LTTE welcomes de-ban while PA and JVP condemn it

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 6: LTTE today welcomed the lifting of the ban on it as “encouraging” and “helping the journey of peace” while the main opposition People’s Alliance (PA) condemned it as “premature” and the third biggest political party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), vowed to topple the government through mass agitations.

Sri Lanka optimistic ahead of Tiger talks

The Nation

The Sri Lankan Ambassador to Thailand, Hewa Palihakkara, yesterday expressed optimism that the upcoming peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels would produce the much needed confidence to pave the way for further discussions.

World must push for peace in Sri Lanka

Editorial - The Nation

The Sri Lankan government this week lifted a ban on the island's Tamil Tiger rebels, paving the way for peace talks that will be held at Sattahip Naval Base on September 16. As the host, Thailand has an important role to play. The much awaited talks will be the first official meeting between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, whose 19-years of fighting for a separate Tamil homeland has claimed more than 65,000 lives.

Sri Lanka, rebels get ready to talk peace

Editorial - Bangkok Post

For a few days, there were fears that the peace talks set for Sept 16-18 might have to be put on hold. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga cast a cloud last Sunday by voicing her opposition to the government's move to lift the ban against the rebels before the talks began, saying such a step should be conditional on the results. The following day, Buddhist monks staged a rally in Colombo urging the president to take over the defence portfolio in order to prevent the lifting of the ban. On Tuesday, some 5,000 Sinhalese nationalists and Buddhist monks marched through the Sri Lankan capital protesting against the government plan.

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