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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

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Lanka gets international backing

By Lasantha Wickrematunga in New York - The Sunday Leader

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will meet with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the UN on Wednesday, September 18. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has in his report to the General Assembly on Friday said he is encouraged by the progress in Sri Lanka facilitated by Norway.

Prisoner swap postponed

By Amantha Perera - The Sunday Leader

The prisoners of war exchange between the government and the LTTE is likely to be postponed beyond September 16, the start of the first round of peace talks. Minister G.L. Peiris told the media on Friday that he was not certain that the swap would take place before the commencement of the talks.

LTTE gears for development

By Shelani Perera - Sunday Times

With the commencement of the first round of peace talks round the corner, the LTTE has stepped up its activities in the Government controlled area by setting up the first office of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) in Jaffna on Wednesday.

UNICEF, LTTE to hold regular meetings on child recruits

By Faraza Farook - Sunday Times

UN child rights agency UNICEF is to obtain the release of more child recruits in LTTE custody, UNICEF's Sri Lanka Representative Ted Chaiban said.

More power for new apex military body

The Island

The government is expected to press President Chandrika Kumaratunga for the creation of a supreme military body in place of the Joint Operations Headquarters set up in mid 1999 to co-ordinate the war effort.

Ranil, Vajpayee talks in New York

by Piyasena Dissanayake - The Island

New York: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe here on a one-week official visits is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

Blood and tears under the bridge as Lanka talks peace

by Amal Jayasinghe - The Island

Colombo (AFP) — After decades of failing to decimate each other on the battlefield, Sri Lanka’s government and Tamil Tiger rebels retreat to a boardroom in Thailand this week to try and live together.

Point Pedro students demand opening of road

by Namini Wijedasa - The Island

Trouble is brewing again at Point Pedro as students of Hartley College and Methodist Girls School are demanding that the road to their schools be open to the public, warned M. Sripathy, Hartley College principal, last week.

Tamil Tigers sit down for peace talks

By Scott McDonald

Sattahip, Thailand (Reuters) September 14- Can the Tamil Tigers, the world's most prolific suicide bombers, change their stripes?
After fighting for nearly two decades for a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka, they sit down on Monday for peace talks

Economic ruin drives Sri Lanka foes to Thai peace talks

Colombo (AFP) September 14 - Sri Lanka was better known for its tea until Tamil Tiger rebels grabbed the headlines with spectacular suicide bombings, but nearly two decades later empty war chests have driven the government to a Thai tea party.

Media Program Sri Lanka Peace Talks 16-18 September 2002

Tomas Stangeland - Embassy of Norway.. Media Program Sri Lanka Peace Talks 16-18 September 2002, Thailand.

Sri Lankans Pray for Peace


Colombo, September 15 Bells were rung and prayers said in most of the places of worship throughout Sri Lanka on Sunday noon, seeking blessings from the God, for the peace talks that begin at Sattahip in Thailand on Monday.

Nedunkerni, the Ghost Town, to throb again

From: Guna Kajananth at Nedunkerni

Nedunkerni, north of Vavuniya, was the scene of intense fighting. Not a building remains intact. They are all burnt out shells. The roadside junction town was deserted for more than six years. Life is returning to it again. Former residents have begun to trickle back.

Sri Lankan Government and the LTTE negotiators arrived in Bangkok.


Bangkok, September 15:The four-member Sri Lankan delegation led by Professor G.L. Peris and the head of the Tamil Tiger negotiating team, Anton Balasingham, arrived in Bangkok separately, yesterday evening.It is learnt that, already the Sri Lankan delegation has traveled to the Thai naval base at Sattahip, where the peace talks will begin on Monday.

Peiris foresee step-by-step progress.


In an exclusive interview - Sri Lanka government’s chief negotiator Minister Prof. Gamini Luxman Peiris left for Thailand Saturday morning, leading a four-member delegation to take part in the opening round of the historic peace talks with the Tamil rebels, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which had been fighting for a separate state for the Tamils in the northeastern portion of the island country. Prior to his departure, he spoke with T.Sabaratnam, Our Editor.

Muslims evicted by the LTTE are languishing in the Refugee camps for the last 12 years.


“Over 15,000 families in the Northern Provincial districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Killnochchi, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu were forcibly evicted in the third week of October 1990,”said A.C.Zarook, the Program Officer of the Community Trust Fund, of Puttalam Sri Lanka in his address in the media-briefing event organized the Forum Asia in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Ministerial Vow of the BEER CHURCH:

Compiled by V.Rajeny

Though that is bizarre enough, but now the ULC has its very own
off-shoot (kind of like the Unitarians). It's called the
BEER CHURCH. That's right, folks. It's a great way to avow
your devotion to the divine beverage that God has provided
for us...according to their web site.

Lion Air clueless of its last deadly flight

By Shezna Shums - The Sunday Leader

Lion Air will recommence civilian flights to Jaffna despite not knowing what happened to the last Lion Air aircraft that disappeared off Mannar in 1998. Chairman, Lion Air, Chandran Ratnam said that he was still in the dark as to what really happened to the aircraft that went out of the radar screen during a civilian flight.