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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2552

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Peace broker says Sri Lanka solution still distant

By Alister Doyle

Oslo, Norway, September 14 (Reuters) - Peace in Sri Lanka is probably years away because Tamil Tiger rebels and government negotiators face enormous hurdles in talks starting on Monday, the chief Norwegian peace broker said on Friday.

Peace Talks draws International media and unwanted elements to Thailand.


Journalist from around the world are expected to cover the peace talks between the Tamil separatists - the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lanka Government, scheduled to be held from 16 – 18 September, in the Sattahip Naval base located in the Chonburi province of Thailand. It is said that more than 250 journalists have registered with the Press Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand for accreditation. Also it is rumored that, unwanted elements too are expected in Thailand during such talks.

Good morning, folks! What an unusual weekend.

Compiled by V.Rajeny

My good friend Billy and his wife hosted a birthday party for their two-year-old daughter Isabel Saturday afternoon. Being a conscientious
God-father I went out Saturday morning to buy her a birthday

Piraba who is fighting to protect the Tamil soil, loses his own

From our Jaffna correspondent

This joke is doing its rounds in Jaffna.The joke is about Sinhala tourists visiting Pirabaharan’s ancestral home in Valvettithurai and taking handfuls of soil from his compound as souvenir. Hundreds of Sinhalese visit the house daily.

Prime Minister leaves for US as Colombo Stock Market surge


Colombo, September 14: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe left on Friday morning to New York to drum up support for the peace process and attract foreign investment, while Colombo stock market surged to a five-year high, trumpeting investor optimism.

Expose the short sighted programme of the Government- Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne.

The social struggle against the government id gathering momentum. The trade unions and mass organizations have got together to halt the social repressive programme of the government which includes privatization , removal of pension schemes , revision of Labour Laws etc. Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, Presidium Member New Left Front made these observations in a press statement released by the New Left Front.

Sri Lanka war grew from ethnic cauldron

Colombo, Sri Lanka- Sri Lanka's 19-year civil war was born of ancient animosity between two ethnic groups with distinct languages, culture and history.

Reply of Defence Minister Marapana to President Kumaratunga : Kumaratunga

The Island

I refer to your letter dated 12th September 2002 addressed to the Hon. Prime Minister on the dangers to national security. As the Prime Minister had only a few hours before he left for New York he instructed me to apprise Your Excellency on certain aspects referred to in the quoted letter.

On charge of improper tender procedure: CBK opposes BoI proposal

by Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga was heading for another confrontation with the government — this time over the disputed privatisation programme — as she prepares to block a BOI proposal to set up a private petroleum refinery and power plant at Sapugaskanda. It would be a part of a major foreign investment aimed at opening the market controlled by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), according to political sources.

First round of talks will focus on agenda for future talks — GL

by Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

Cabinet spokesman Minister G. L. Peiris yesterday said that the first round of talks with the LTTE to commence in Thailand next week would mainly focus on the agenda for future talks between the two parties.

Safety for Colombo-Tuticorin shipping service

by Kalinga Weerakkody - The Island

Experts in the shipping sphere of Sri Lanka have expressed their deep concern over the security arrangements and passenger safety measures which should be considered following the Ceylon Shipping Corporation’s proposal to operate a shipping service between Colombo and Tuticorin in South India.

Serious violations of MoU permitted by govt., charges CBK

The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga in a letter to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe referring to serious violations of the MoU committed by LTTE lamented that she could not think of any responsible government anywhere in the world that would have acted in the present manner in the name of peace, with regard to one of the world’s most ruthless, armed terrorist organisations which has not yet even agreed to give up terrorism and enter the democratic process. ‘I fail to comprehend how peace could be achieved by permitting the enemy to arm itself with impertinence," the President has pointed out in her letter.

Peace bid props up tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka

By Chamath Ariyadasa

Colombo, Sept 13 (Reuters) - A burgeoning peace process between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger guerrillas helped steady tourist arrivals in August, specially from Britain, officials said on Friday.

A Constructive Role for Thailand in the Peace talks is urged.


A cross section of the Thai media representatives expressed that Thailand should play a lead role in the Peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka. They said that Thailand should not just play host to the parties involved in the talks in their search for a sustained peace in the war-torn coutry, but must come forward to play role that would bring about a settlement to the festering ethnic conflict in a country, where Thai’s are more or less linked religious- wise for several centuries.