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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Anand Panyarachun, to lead UN High-Level Panel to Study Global Security Threats Challenges and Changes.

Anand Panyarachun, former Prime Minister of Thailand has been named to chair a high-level panel on Global Security
Threats and Reform of the international system.

Vajpayee delays departure to Russia due to SAARC meet

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will open a meeting of information ministers of South Asia here Tuesday, thereby delaying by an hour his departure on a three-nation trip.

China hopes Sri Lanka to keep national peace and stability, FM spokeswoman

China hopes that Sri Lanka maintains national peace and stability, which is beneficial to Sri Lanka's economic development and tallies with the wishes and fundamental interests of the Sri Lankan people.

Third Region army chief in Myanmar talks

The commander of the Army 3rd Regional Division announced today that he would travel to Myanmar next week to discuss issues including security and the problem of minority insurgents.

129 MPs pledge support for Prime Minister

By M.Ismeth and Ranga Sirilal

A total of 129 MPs have signed a letter expressing their confidence in Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, his Cabinet of Ministers and the government, Chief government whip Mahinda Samarasinghe said.

LTTE will not return to war

The LTTE will not resume hostilities over President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s disputed decision to take over three ministries including defence and prorogue Parliament till November 19.

TNA warns of adverse impact on peace process

Warning that President's recent move would destabilise the on- going peace process, The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday urged President Chandrika Kumaratunga to refrain from actions which would harm the peace process.

PM rejects demand to recall troops from Iraq

Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday rejected a demand from a group of senators that he recall the more than 400 Thai troops stationed in Iraq because of growing violence in the country.

Jackson seeks to up pressure on Burma

By Nantiya Tangwisutijit

High-profile US civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson yesterday called for increased pressure to be applied on Burma's military junta and appealed to the Thai government to treat refugees humanely.

12th SAARC summit on schedule

By Hameedullah Abid

The 12th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit, scheduled to begin on January 4 in Islamabad, will not be delayed.

SM Lee to undergo prostate operation

Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew will be admitted to the Singapore General Hospital for a prostate operation.

Bush Backs Sri Lanka's Prime Minister

By Sonya Ross - Associated Press Writer

Sri Lanka's prime minister received a pledge of support Wednesday from President Bush and dismissed the crisis threatening his government as typical of the "ups and downs" of Sri Lankan politics.

Green Shans emulate rich hilltribes

Many Shans in Mongkok, a sub-township northeast of Monghsat, opposite Chiangmai and Chiangrai provinces, have begun to engage in poppy cultivation this season, inspired by the growing prosperity of the neighboring hilltribes, according to sources from Monghsat.

Malaysia: Rights Activist Barred From Travel

The Malaysian government should allow
human rights defender Irene Fernandez to travel abroad to attend
meetings with other activists, Human Rights Watch said today.
Fernandez, one of Malaysia's most prominent advocates for the rights
of migrant workers and women, was denied a passport on November 4.

UNF govt. still in charge of handling peace negotiations - Lakshman Kadirgamar

Lakshman Kadirgamar, Senior Advisor the Sri Lankan President said at a media briefing that the Ceasefire agreement entered with the LTTE stands and the President has no intention of resuming hostilities.

Iran: U.N. Rights Rapporteur Must Meet With Prisoners

The visit to Iran of the U.N. Special
Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression should fully
investigate the cases of those jailed for peacefully expressing
their views.

Norway helped LTTE plagiarize Sudan Interim Peace Agreement – Intelligence Report

It is highly intriguing to learn that Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Sri Lankan Tamil rebel outfit in a statement said that all their resolution of conflict would be only with the facilitation of the Royal Norwegian Government.