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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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U.N.: Defend ICC in "Open Meeting": U.S. Seeking Exemptions from Prosecution

United Nations member states should use the rare opportunity of tomorrow's "open meeting" of the United Nations Security Council to voice their opposition to U.S. attacks on the International Criminal Court (ICC), Human Rights Watch urged today.

Joint Statement Between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Thailand

President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra met on June 10, 2003 to reaffirm the strength and importance of the alliance between the United States and the Kingdom of Thailand, built upon 170 years of close and warm relationship between both the two nations. In recognition of that long history of cooperation, the President informed the Prime Minister that the United States is actively considering Thailand's designation as a Major Non NATO Ally (MNNA).

"The Lady must go free"

By Subhatra Bhumiprabhas

International women's organisations from 11 coun-tries yesterday demanded |the immediate and unconditional release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

ASEAN senior economic officials meeting ends in Myanmar

The two-day meeting of senior economic officials (SEO) of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ended here Wednesday evening.

Sri Lanka’s rebels reject plan for interim administration

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger rebels rejected a government proposal for a provisional administrative body in the Tamil-dominated north and east of the island on Wednesday, saying they were looking for a more concrete offer.

Tokyo Declaration in no way is binding on us - Tigers

By Sunimalee Dias

The LTTE yesterday dismissed both the resolution and declaration of the Tokyo donor conference as "unacceptable" and reiterated its stance in sticking to its former proposal for the setting up of an interim administration as a pre-condition to resume talks with the government.

LTTE targets "Plot Mohan"

By Srinath Prasanna Jayasuriya

Inquiries have disclosed that the two LTTE cadres taken into custody on Tuesday night at the police barricade near the Dehiwala bridge had come on an alleged mission to kill a soldier called "PLOT Mohan" who is attached to the Army Intelligence Unit, police said.

Karuna wants 2 LTTE cadres released in exchange for 2 constables

By Norman Palihawadane and Kalinga Weerakkody

The two police constables abducted by the LTTE will only be released if the two LTTE cadres taken into custody by Batticaloa police were released, Batticaloa division LTTE leader Karuna said.

Ramjanambhoomi leader hospitalised; condition "critical"

Ramjanambhoomi Nyas President Mahant Paramhans Ramchander Dass was today admitted to a hospital here after he suffered a massive heart attack and his condition was stated to be "critical".

Myanmar blames Suu Kyi for breakdown in talks

Myanmar's ruling military blamed detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday for the failure of talks on a transition to democracy, as the United States turned up pressure on the junta to free her.

Blast from the boomers past of Hillary

In third form English at Horace Mann School for Boys we were assigned to read "Ulysses" by James Joyce, as controversial a book in the U.S. in those days as perhaps President William Jefferson Clinton's behaviour became five decades later, says UPI.

Sharon ridicules Palestinian leadership as Israel decides to fight Hamas "by all means"

The Israeli government was meeting Thursday morning to discuss the suicide bombing in Jerusalem the previous day in which 16 people were killed. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was quoted as telling cabinet ministers that Palestinian leaders were "crybabies," Army Radio reported, and that Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen was "like a chick who hasn't grown his feathers (yet)." Israel would continue to act against "terror," Sharon said, until the Palestinian prime minister does.

Thakshin In Us: Thailand "to become a major non-Nato ally"

By Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday claimed success in upgrading relations with the US, saying that President George W Bush backed a proposal to grant Thailand the status of a major non-Nato ally, enabling a closer defence relationship.

JI Terror Plot : Attack planned at school

Islam Burana Tohno, an Islamic religious school in Narathiwat, was the venue of a meeting of the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) terror group to plot a Bali-style bomb attack on foreign embassies and tourist spots in Thailand, officials said yesterday.

ASEAN diplomats praise PM for promoting regional relations

Washington-based diplomats from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)'s member states yesterday praised Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra for his role in strengthening relations between countries in the regional grouping, as he wound up his trip to the US capital and prepared to visit Los Angeles.

India Urged To Stop Supporting SPDC of Burma

"Stop support to the brutal military government! Withdraw economic support to State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) !" These were the shouts of international Human Rights activists who trooped to the Indian Consulate in Chiang Mai today as part of its campaign for democracy in Burma.

Christian Set Free After Four And A Half Years In Jail On False Blasphemy Charges In Pakistan

A Christian falsely accused of blasphemy in Pakistan was acquitted on June 4, after spending four and a half years in prison.

Shan Militant Leader Deprecates: Dam would cause a lasting damage.

Four months after the Bangkok-based MDX Plc began its touch-up survey at Shan State's Tasarng dam site, Shan resistance leader Col Yawdserk has expressed his fears that the harm done on the population would far outweigh the benefits from the dam.

Special Operation Unit A Welcome Move :An Approach Different to The Organized Crimes Bill

The Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) welcomes the Special Operation Unit established under the instruction of the Inspector General Police to bust organized crimes in Sri Lanka.

<font size=2>N L D/LA Condemns Razali Ismail Statement:</font><font size=3>Questions integrity of his announcement</font>

The Central Committee, The National League for Democracy -Liberated Area, (NLD-LA) questions the integrity of the statement made by Ismail Razali, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General. Razali after meeting Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in an undisclosed place announced that she was in “good Spirit.”