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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2783

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Help combat terror, Singapore to India

New Delhi, Jan 5 (ANI): Singapore President S R Nathan on Sunday called upon India to help combat regional terrorism. Addressing a small gathering of mediapersons from Singapore a few hours ahead of his departure to Bangalore, he expressed concern about the scourge of terrorism, and said, "terrorism is confined not just to Singapore, but also to other parts of south Asia." He also called for "mutual facilitation of security services" to contain the threat.

Tamil diaspora in limbo over role in S.Lanka peace

By Lindsay Beck - Reuters.

Colombo Sri Lanka, (Reuters) Jan. 6; "Thanks for the cash, we'll take it from here" may be the message Tamils who fled Sri Lanka's violence for better lives overseas are hearing as peace talks deepen between the government and Tamil Tigers.

Japanese foreign minister visits Sri Lankas war-battered Jaffna

Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP) Jan. 06:, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi visited Sri Lanka's north Monday to assess Japan's financial help to rebuild the war-battered area, home to most of the country's 3.2 million Tamils.

National League for Democracy of Burma, hardened it stand on policy and principles.

Bangkok, Jan. 06: The National League for Democracy has hardened its position with the State Peace Development Council (SPDC), considered as the strong nucleus of the junta’s power-holding organization in Myanmar.

Thailand to send troops to Afghanistan

Bangkok, Jan 6, (TNA): Thailand will send troops to war-torn Afghanistan in a mission requested by the United States, according to a radio news report.

Japanese foreign minister arrives in Sri Lanka to discuss peace process

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan 5 : - Japan's Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi arrived Sunday to discuss efforts to end the civil war in Sri Lanka and offer help for demining the battle zones, a Japanese Embassy spokesman said.

Join hands with govt to bring peace, create better society - PM

Colombo, Jan. 06: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in an address to the Nation last night, described 2002 as an "year of progress", urging all Lankans to shed petty differences and join hands with the government to bring peace. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe said all Lankans should join his endeavour to create a more prosperous society. Confrontational politics has no place in this earnest effort, he added.

Norways unique mission of peace

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Bangkok, Jan 6: As the Norwegian ambassador explains, her country labors from Sri Lanka to the Middle East for conflict resolution.

Update -Sri Lanka PM says peace bid at decisive stage

By Scott McDonald

Nakorn Paththom, Thailand, Jan. 5 Sri Lanka's bid to end two decades of war has entered a key stage and arguments over sensitive security issues should not be allowed to derail the momentum, the island's prime minister said.

Myanmar junta rejects charges of harassment

Yangon, Jan. 06: Myanmar’s military junta on Saturday defended itself against strong criticism from the United States and Britain that it had harassed opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her supporters.

Myanmar opposition calls for beginning of dialogue

Yangon, Jan. 06: Myanmar’s democratic opposition on Saturday reiterated its call for the ruling junta to begin a long-promised political dialogue it hopes could end four decades of military rule.

Thailand already rides out economic crisis, says leading academic

Bangkok, Jan 6 (TNA): Thailand has already ridden out the economic storm as the government has played a crucial role in stimulating the economy, according to a leading academic.
Assessing the overall economy, society and culture following the economic crisis, Theerayuth Boonmee, lecturer of Thammasat University, said the country had managed to weather the economic storm.

Uncertain agenda for fourth round of talks

by Zacki Jabbar

The Island: The fourth round of government-LTTE peace talks will commence at the Rose Garden Resort in Nakhon Pathorn, Thailand today amidst uncertainty as to what its agenda would be.

Sinhala Sabha accuses Maheswaran of racism

The Island:The Eksath Sinhala Maha Sabha yesterday accused Minister T. Maheswaran of making statements without responsibility and of a racist nature.

Thailand hosts new round of Sri Lankan historic peace talks

Nakhon Pathom, Jan 6 (TNA): Thailand on Monday hosted a new round of historic peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after previous rounds of talks last year were claimed successful.