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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2784

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Domestic battles spill into the foreign aid meet of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is going before foreign donors seeking three billion dollars to boost its peace prospects, but a hostile president has joined Tamil Tiger rebels in playing truant, diplomats said.

Sri Lanka makes fresh offer to end talks impasse

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has offered an interim administrative structure to Tamil Tiger rebels in a bid to end the impasse in the island's Norwegian-backed peace process.

Advani, Rumsfeld discuss Indo-US defence cooperation

Bilateral issues including growing defence cooperation between United States and India figured prominently during talks Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani had with US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld here.

Sri Lanka PM moves to break deadlock with Tigers

By Stuart Grudgings

Sri Lanka's prime minister moved to revive peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels on Monday, saying he would be willing to alter the constitution to meet their demand for an interim administration in the war-torn northeast.

UN envoy hopeful of seeing Suu Kyi after talks with Myanmar generals

UN envoy Razali Ismail said he was hopeful of being allowed to see detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi after an "encouraging" meeting with two of Myanmar's most powerful generals.

PM leaves for US for two-day unofficial visit

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra left for the United States this morning for a two-day unofficial visit at the invitation of the US-ASEAN Business Council, according to a T.V. news report.

U.N. envoy "encouraged" after meeting top Myanmar generals to secure Suu Kyi release

A U.N. envoy said he was ''encouraged'' by his meeting Monday with Myanmar's two top generals in a bid to secure the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Jaya sacks two top leaders from party posts

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK General Secretary, Jayalalithaa, today sacked party legal advisor and MP, P H Pandiyan, and the headquarters secretary, K A Sengottaiyan, from their posts with immediate effect.

ADB links funds for Bangladesh to gas exports

By Ershadul Huq, Indo-Asian News Service

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said it will give Bangladesh funds for the pipeline transmission of gas if it agrees to export the resource to India.

A new novel by Saddam about underground struggle

Deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had written a new novel but the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq prevented its publication.

Donors Pledge $2.3B to Rebuild Sri Lanka

By Eric Talmadge - Associated Press Writer

International donors pledged more than $2.3 billion in aid as a conference on rebuilding war-wracked Sri Lanka opened Monday in Tokyo.

UN Envoy Talks to Myanmar General About Suu Kyi

By Aung Hla Tun

A U.N. envoy met the second in command of Myanmar's military junta Monday in a final effort to persuade it to let him see detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a source close to the envoy said.

Future negotiations only on a"‘new, re-defined agenda" – Balasingham

Chief Tiger negotiator Anton Balasingham told TamilNet on Friday (6) future negotiations with the government would have to be conducted on the basis of a "new and re-defined agenda."

US eyeing military bases in India, says Pentagon report

United States, which has lined up several joint military exercises with Indian armed forces, is interested in establishing access to military bases in the country, claims a US defence specialist quoting a latest Pentagon report.

U.N. envoy may leave Myanmar without meeting Suu Kyi

By Aung Hla Tun

A U.N. envoy seeking the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose renewed detention has alarmed world leaders, could leave Myanmar on Monday without seeing her, a source close to the envoy said.

Dump ICC, says Thaksin

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday criticised the previous government for signing the International Criminal Court (ICC) convention

Sri Lankan president hopes peace process to work

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga hopes that the ongoing Norwegian-brokered peace process with the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels would lead to permanent peace in the Indian ocean island, local TV reported on Sunday.

UN envoy negotiating to see the opposition leader of Burma

The United Nations envoy Razali Ismail is still waiting to meet Burma's opposition leader.

LTTE rules out participation in Tokyo aid meeting

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels on Sunday stood by their decision to boycott an upcoming international donor conference in Tokyo.

British weekly: Iraq produced no weapons of mass destruction

Saddam Hussein's intelligence agencies managed a network of secret cells that executed chemical and biological research but produced no weapons, The Sunday Times reported, quoting a senior Iraqi security official.