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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2526

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Balkanising the Balkans

By Ramu- Atul - Syndicate Features

In the 19th and early 20th century the Balkan Peninsula was divided into mutually hostile six units that were brought together after world war one in the shape of the state of Yugoslavia. Over 90 years later and almost 15 years after the disintegration of Yugoslavia, the ‘balkanisation of the Balkan’ states are almost complete. While it will be a safe bet to say that Kosovo can hardly wait for the opportunity to declare its independence from the ‘mother’ country, Montenegro has just opted for independence from Serbia, which is widely accepted as Yugoslavia’s successor state. Europe now has its newest state—also one of the smallest and poorest. With a population of 620,000, Montenegro has lesser people than any sprawling Delhi suburb.

Caritas peace-makers from around the world gather in Sri Lanka

At a time of crisis in Sri Lanka over 70 peace-builders from the international Catholic humanitarian organisation, Caritas Internationalis, today gathered in Colombo to begin the first ever Caritas world Peace Forum. The delegates, from as far afield as Colombia, Palestine, DR Congo, Ireland and the Philipinnes, will share their widespread experience of working for peace and reconciliation in war-torn communities and provide support to the Sri Lankan Catholic Church’s efforts in promoting peace. "We are here in solidarity with all those who believe in peace, a peace with justice that is promoted through dialogue between human beings, not through the barrel of a gun,” said Duncan MacLaren, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis.

Pentagon report on China highlights danger of nuclear war

By John Chan

One sinister aspect of the US Defence Department’s 2006 report on the Chinese military released last month is its discussion of nuclear policy.Overall, the document entitled “Annual Report to Congress: Military Power of the People’s Republic of China” marked a more aggressive US military stance toward China than in previous years. It identified the Chinese regime as a military rival and highlighted its growing defence spending, particularly its investment in advanced military technology

Sri Lanka's military spokesman refuses to concede to security lapse which may have led to Major General's killing

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

KulathungaSri Lanka's military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe today
refused to concede to a security lapse which may have led to the
killing of Major General Parami Kulathunga today morning at
Pannipitiya, 17 kilometres away from Colombo. Brigadier Samarasinghe told the “Asian Tribune” that at the time of the attack, the Major General who was also the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army was provided full protection. "How can anyone know that a suicide bomber was present at that particular moment? No one can so anything when a suicide bomber in a motorcycle suddenly comes from nowhere and rams into the car which was carrying Major General Kulathunga," he claimed.

Killing is another handiwork of the LTTE

Kulathunga attackDeputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army Major General Parami Kulathunga and three others were killed when an LTTE suicide bomber on a motorcycle exploded this morning today (26) close to Pannipitya junction, 17 kilo meters away from Colombo City. Commenting on the incident government Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said “this is another serious violation of the CFA by the LTTE. This has happened at a time when we are looking forward to engage in talks with the LTTE.

LTTE suicide bomber rammed his motorbike on to the vehicle carrying Major General Kulathunge

Parami KulathungeThe unfolding news story of the bomb explosion reveals that Major General Parami Kulathunge, the 3rd most senior officer was killed in a suicide attack by the Tamil Tigers this morning. The suicide bomber had driven his motorbike on to the vehicle carrying Major General Kulathunge. According to a Police source, the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber who was riding in a motorbike.

Sri Lanka Army’s Deputy Chief of staff killed in bomb explosion

Bomb explosion this morning, killed Deputy Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army, Major General Parami Kulathunga. It was revealed that a suicide car bomb exploded this morning around 8.00 am targeting security personnel.

Colombo Stock Exchange reports 2005 as best ever year on all fronts

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Financial Correspondent

Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) recently publishing its latest annual report has identified 2005 as the best ever for it, virtually on all fronts. CSE former Director General Hiran Mendis in his review has stated that 2005 proved to be yet another year in which the record books of CSE were re-written. “I have been the Director General of the CSE for the past 9 years, during which period I have experienced both the best and the worst periods the capital market and the CSE have been through. I have seen the CSE growth from strength to strength in all areas of operation. The year 2005 was the best ever for the CSE virtually on all fronts – it was a near prefect year,” he stated.

"We are All Refugees"

By Dr. Tayza

Although Burma cannot produce cars or computers or airplanes, Burma nowadays is mass producing refugees and exporting them to all over the world. This refugee production scheme is efficiently run under superb guidance of Burma’s State Peace and Development Council military regime. So here we are all refugees, the product of nearly half a century of military rule in Burma. Only recently, when regime's troops made an offensive on Karen villages forcing tens of thousands of Karens to leave their homes and hide in jungles, Burma's Internally Displaced Persons and refugees get international media attention. But Burma's refugee problem has been going on since many decades ago.

Sri Lanka : Volatile peace pushes the investors to be cautious

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Though managed to pick up during Wednesday and Thursday amid positive news from the peace front with the LTTE responding to the questions raised by the Norwegian Government favorably, the Share market started out on a low note this week, indicates the HNB Stockbrokers researchers. These questions are with regard to the continuance of operations by the SLMM. However on Friday, within close proximity to the financial capital of Colombo a large explosion was heard by the people of the area. The rumors hit the market of an attack by the LTTE putting the investor confidence to the test once more.

LTTE moles planted within the Sri Lanka Army

A Sri Lanka Army soldier from the Weli Oya Kalyanpura Army camp was arrested on last Thursday, on suspicion of being a spy of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the Tamil rebel outfit which is presently involved in a low intensity war with the Government of Sri Lanka. On investigation, according to sources in the Army, the arrested soldier revealed that further 28 soldiers including commissioned officers of the Sri Lanka Army are recruited by the LTTE for spying. Reports reveal that Military Police has so far arrested 5 more soldiers alleged to be involved in clandestine activities and they are being now questioned regarding their involvements with the LTTE.

Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission risk losing 37 monitors

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, which comprises five Nordic nations will lose 37 monitors if the Norwegian peace facilitators agree to comply with an LTTE demand. If the 37 monitors exit, the SLMM will be left with just 20 from Norway and four from Iceland. The Tamil Tiger rebels mid this week demanded the facilitators to remove three Nordic nations, Denmark, Finland and Sweden after they along with several other European countries banned the LTTE last month.

Stop cheating the Tamils: Pack up and leave the country – Anandasangaree demands Tamilselvan and the LTTE leadership

AnandasangareeLeader of the Tamil United Liberation Front has openly condemned the political duplicity of S.P. Tamilselvan, Head of the political Division of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and other leaders of the terrorists outfit demanded not to cheat the Tamil people, the youths and the students. He has openly called Tamilselvan and the LTTE leaders to pack up and leave the country and join with their children who are in foreign countries having super class education. TULF Leader further pointed out that you sacrifice our youths by sending them on various risky errands to many places from where most of them do not return alive. “I am not asking you to send your children on such errands because they are dear to you. I am only asking you not to sacrifice the children of poor parents and allow them to study like your children.

Killing of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army: "Another example of the LTTE's commitment to terror"

Mahinda RajapakseThe Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Tamil rebel outfit remains an organization dedicated to pursue violent means, especially the use of terror to achieve its objectives, which are far removed from the actual needs of the Tamil people – Mahinda Rajapakse, President of Sri Lanka said in his message after the killing of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army. In a special message Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on assassination carried out this morning by the LTTE, pointed out “The assassination of Major General Parami Kulathunga, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, is a another example of the LTTE’s continued commitment to terrorism and its cowardly use of suicide killers, deserving of contempt and condemnation."