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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2865

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Sri Lankas peace talks to focus on security and contentious political issues

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Yahoo News: Oslo, Norway, Dec. 01 - Peace talks starting Monday between Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebel negotiators are expected to focus on maintaining a fragile cease-fire and taking concrete political steps to end the 19-year conflict that has taken more than 65,000 lives, diplomats and officials said.

Lankan Oppn. leaders meet Yashwant

New Delhi, Dec. 2. (UNI): A delegation of Sri Lanka's main Opposition party today met External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha and conveyed its 'concern' over the direction in which the current peace talks between the government and the LTTE are proceeding.

Sri Lanka government, Tigers to resume peace talks amid political uncertainty

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Yahoo News: Oslo, Norway, Dec. 02 - Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebel negotiators open a third round of peace talks Monday amid concerns that a brewing political crisis at home could deter the island nation's best chance for peace in nearly two decades.

Al-Hayat: Al-Yasiri and the coupe against Saddam Hussein

The spokesman for the Iraqi military opposition council Maj. Gen. Tawfiq al-Yasiri has stated that the option of a coupe is the best outlet for the Americans and for the Iraqis.

Thai Ministry Of Finance plans road show in US and Europe late next month

Bangkok, Dec 2 (TNA) – Finance Minister Somkid Jatusripitak plans to lead representatives of the Stock Exchange of Thailand, listed companies and the Auditors’ Association to give investors in the United States and Europe latest economic information to boost their confidence in the Thai economy.

A blunder on Burma.

Editorial - Washington Times Editorial-Washington Times, Dec. 02: The State Department has a fairly abominable record when it comes to Southeast Asia, and last week brought a reminder of why that is. According to The Washington Post, department officials are close to recommending that the president remove Burma's designation as a major drug-producing country.

Sri Lanka peace negotiations continue in Oslo

Rolleiv Solholm - Norway Post Oslo, Dec. 02:Four days of Sri Lanka peace negotiations open in Oslo on Monday (today).

Colombo Tuticorin Ferry service awaits India’s observations

by Himangi Jayasundere The Island: A shipping service which was to commence in early October between Sri Lanka and India is yet to kick off due to delays in finalising the agreement.

President suggests only two extensions to Army officers

by Zacki Jabbar The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga, responding to a government proposal to restructure the army, has suggested that only two extensions of service be granted to officers.

Dutch support for North East development

The Island:The Government of the Netherlands has assigned Euro 2,700,000 - (two million and seven hundred thousand Euro, approximately LKR two hundred fifty seven million) out of its Dutch Development Co-operation budget as a grant, for support to the Government of Sri Lanka and Asian Development Bank funded programme: North East Community Restoration and Development - NECORD. The support will contribute towards the further creation of peace dividend.

Govt. accepts Tokyo as talks venue: Peace process tops PM agenda at talks with Japanese counterpart

by Shamindra Ferdinando The Island: The Oslo-led peace process will be the top agenda when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe meets with his Japanese counterpart Junichiro Koizumi next week, an aide to Mr. Wickremesinghe said. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by his wife Maithree.

I know, I know To make the gravy

Compiled by: V.Rajeny The Sunday school teacher was carefully explaining the story of Elijah the Prophet and the false prophets of Baal. She explained how Elijah built the altar, put wood upon it, cut the steer in pieces and laid it upon the altar.

More temples can be targeted: Vajpayee

Solan (HP), December 01, 2002: Accusing Pakistan of trying to destabilise India's economy through terrorism, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said government has information that terrorists might target more temples in the country.

Freak clash in Indias northeast kills eight people

By Wasbir Hussain, Associated Press Writer Yahoo News: Gauhati, India, Dec. 01 - Residents attacked army soldiers in a village in India's northeast, mistaking them for separatist rebels, and the clash that ensued left at least eight people dead and nine others wounded Sunday, police said.

Peace talks in Oslo resume minus Rauf Hakeem

Oslo, Dec 2: The Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tiger rebel negotiators opened a three hour session to begin their third meeting of the first round of peace talks at 20.00 hrs Sri Lanka time today at the Radisson SAS Plaza Hotel, Oslo, amid concerns that a brewing political crisis at home could deter the island nation’s best chance for peace in nearly two decades.