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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2559

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Sri Lanka’s LTTE on way to legitimacy: With U.S. endorsing 'Tamil Homeland' and 'Self Rule' concept

By Daya Gamage - US Bureau of Asian Tribune

The United States doesn’t allow the much debated and controversial “Tamil Homeland” concept to be settled within the boundaries of Sri Lanka. Knowing fully well for nearly two decades that the core issue of the national question which prevented a meaningful settlement, non-negotiable for the Liberation Tigers (LTTE) since the Thimpu Talks in 1985 and unacceptable to the Sri Lankan state and other dissident Tamil movements, the “Tamil Homeland” has now gained legitimacy from the United Stated Government. The United States linked ‘homeland’ to ‘self-rule in the areas traditionally inhabited by the Tamils’ as a ‘legitimate desire’ of the Tamil people.

LTTE blames Sri Lankan government

Reciting its usual litany of complaints against the Sri Lankan government the LTTE issued a communiqué yesterday from Oslo blaming the Sri Lankan government for “demonstrating its lack of will and ability to enter into a just and equitable negotiated settlement.”Political analysts consider this latest communiqué as an attempt by the LTTE to prevent a backlash from the international community for refusing to participate in the planned 2-day Oslo talks with the Sri Lankan government. The LTTE pulled out at the last minute after finalizing arrangements to meet and hold talks in Oslo.

Thailand’s political crisis continues to fester

The decision of Thailand’s Constitutional Court last month to annul the April 2 general election has failed to settle the country’s political crisis. While anti-government protests in Bangkok have ended, temporarily at least, a standoff continues between the judiciary and the National Election Commission (NEC). Fresh elections are now not likely before October. Political tensions again sharpened after Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra returned to his caretaker post on May 23 and hinted that he would fight to retain power. Amid mass protests, Thaksin had promised on April 4 to step aside once a new cabinet was formed. He and his Thai Rak Thai (TRT) party now argue that annulling the April 2 poll ended any obligation to honour that pledge.

Untold story of powerful ministers in Bangladesh

By Peter Snowman

Bangladesh is gradually approaching towards another general election, which stories of misdeeds by the members of the ruling party are becoming public everyday, which might not be very good for Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s political fate. Now-a-days, some of the ministers and their siblings have become desperately aggressive and they are continuing to commit numerous types of crimes and corruptions. Just here we will get a few.

Launching "Aung San Suu Kyi Birthday Wish Campaign"

The “Aung San Suu Kyi Birthday Wish Campaign” will call for active political dissent by people living in Burma. The aim of the campaign according to Canadian Friends of Burma is to build a mass movement of people in Burma who will engage in daily acts of non-violent political dissent by writing a birthday wish to Aung San Suu Kyi on the Burmese currency. "The use of Burmese currency notes to spread messages of support of Aung San Suu Kyi is a very low-risk activity for participants and is an excellent way for people to bypass the military dictatorship’s network of media censorship and crackdowns on the free expression of opposition political perspectives."

India concerned over failure of Colombo- LTTE talks

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from Delhi

India is deeply concerned over the failure of Lanka government-LTTE talks to take off as planned today. New Delhi has expressed the hope that the dialogue process would be resumed despite hiccups and the talks would help to avoid 'any further worsening of the situation' in the island nation. Notwithstanding the odds that are present in plenty against the long promised, India still believes that the Tamil imbroglio in Sri Lanka must be resolved through peaceful dialogue. It appreciates the willingness of President Rajapakse Government to engage the LTTE in the talks. Given this orientation to its foreign policy it does not come as a surprise that New Delhi is against any weakening of the role of Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) because such moves will have 'adverse consequences'.

Pak opposition blasts budget in parliament

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai –Reporting from Islamabad

The opposition parties in Pakistan blasted the government economic policies especially the new budget for the next fiscal year as debate continues on third day over the budget in the upper and lower houses of the parliament. The treasury benches in Senate suffered a setback when one of its members and a senior lawmaker, S M Zafar, severely criticized the government policies and called for opening of a debate on the defence budget in the house.

Manmohan Singh assures Koirala full support, agrees to visit Kathmandu soon

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from Delhi

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, accepting an invitation to visit Nepal, promised his counterpart Girija Prasad Koirala India's full support to the his seven-party alliance government in ushering in 'a stable, peaceful, democratic and prosperous Nepal'. He also expressed confidence that the people of Nepal have the inmate ability to overcome the challenges that lay ahead.

Sri Lanka imposes fresh security measures in Colombo

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Stringent security measures have been enforced in Colombo with immediate effect, police sources told the “Asian Tribune.” The measure comes in the wake of a breakdown in talks, scheduled to take place in Oslo between the LTTE, the Sri Lankan Government representatives, Norwegian facilitators and the five contributing nations to the Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission where issues concerning the Mission was to be taken up.

Advani accepts Nepal's new secular credentials

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asiantribune from Delhi

A gain for Nepal's Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala from his India visit is an endorsement from Hindu- Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) ideologue and former deputy prime minister L K Advani of his government's decision to declare Nepal as a secular country. After a 40-minute meeting with Koirala here on Friday, Advani said "It's just like India... a Hindu-majority but a secular country" when asked for his reaction to the Nepal government's decision and the protests it had invoked from the Hindu groups in India.

Terror in Toronto or Tempest in a Teapot?

By John Chuckman

The arrest in Toronto of seventeen men, mostly quite young, for conspiracy to bomb places in Southern Ontario has raised a storm of comment. Unfortunately, much of it has been either premature or wrong. A Congressman from Northern New York, uninformed but still generous with his opinions, declared that Canada was thick with al Qaeda cells owing to its liberal (a truly filthy word in the United States) immigration and refugee laws. Sadly, the Congressman’s big red-nose talents are appreciated only in Canada, his ignorance being taken for insight in many parts of the United States.

India announces Rs 1000 crore economic package for Nepal

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from Delhi

The first visit of Girija Prasad Koirala to India as Prime Minister of a resurgent Nepal hurtling towards a constitutional monarchy ended on an upbeat note both for him and his hosts alike. He will carry home a Rs. 1000 crore economic package (about 15 billion Nepali Rupees). All issues bedeviling defence cooperation also were 'sorted out' in a one-on-one meeting with defence minister Pranab Mukherjee, who dons the mantle of Man Friday for his government and for his Sonia Congress party. New Delhi waived the dues outstanding as on date on account of defence purchases, But on the crucial question of India's direct involvement in the talks with the Maoists, Koirala doesn't appear to have carried a favorable nod from Manmohan Singh and his colleagues.

Norway fires out letters to Sri Lankan President and LTTE leader, demands to know whether Ceasefire should continue

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting for Asian Tribune

The visibly annoyed Norwegian Facilitators have fired out letters to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and LTTE Leader V. Prabhakaran demanding to know whether it was necessary that the four-year-old Ceasefire Agreement in the country continue. The letter, consisted five questions, sought the commitment of the two parties with regard to their commitment to the peace process as well as the Ceasefire Agreement signed in February 2002.

Top LTTE commander responsible for mine attacks killed in explosion.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

A top Tiger guerrilla commander responsible for claymore attacks against the Naval Forces in Manna is killed in a claymore mine explosion in the LTTE controlled areas in Mannar. Mahenthi, Lt Colonel in the LTTE’s rank and three others were killed when their vehicle was caught in clay more mine in Vellankulam- Thunnukkai road this morning.