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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 106

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Karuna & his crony

Passports of LTTE supporters leaving for Geneva to be photocopied

French Police has planned to collect information regarding those leaving from France to Switzerland to participate in the protest march organized by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to be held tomorrow. The protest march timed to be held on 11 June, the opening day of the 5th session of the Human Rights Commission (June 11 to 18.) Tigers are making arrangements to bring their supporters in hundreds from all the European Union countries to Geneva to participate in the protest march. Pro-LTTE news portals earlier revealed that in Denmark LTTE is chartering a flight to take their supporters to Geneva.

Police dismiss rumor on the death Tamgarajah of Harrow, London

Harrow Police dismissed that the death of Kandiah Thangarajah, an ethnic Tamil of Hamilton Crescent, Harrow, was an accident. According to the police version he died after a collision with a cyclist on Saturday, May 26.Earlier rumours circulated on several Norway-based pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) websites that Mr Thangarajah was the victim of a premeditated killing. Police confirmed on Thursday there were no "suspicious circumstances" surrounding the death.

Death Threat to Editor , "Asian Tribune" by Karuna and his crony Iniyabarathi

By Walter Jayawardhana

Karuna & his cronyAsian Tribune Editor has received death threat from V.Muralitharan alias l Karuna Amman through his alleged crony I. Iniyabarathi yesterday morning. Iniyabarathi, the man involved in the fratricidal killings telephoned K.T.Rajasingham, Editor Asian Tribune and threatened to kill the Editor. In his abusive harangue he revealed that his leader Colonel Karuna will not tolerate at cost , any "Yarlapani "(Man from Jaffna) - a regional slur -- reporting anything adversely either about him or about his cadres.

Extremism, Indecent and Insane

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

The story is not yet over. The outrage of Thursday can be repeated, albeit behind a veneer of civility. As the official statement by the President indicates, what has been condemned is not the decision to evict Tamil lodgers but its manner of implementation: “The Inspector General of Police has been asked to submit an immediate report to the President on the manner in which the exercise to transport Tamil persons living in lodges in Colombo and its suburbs to their places of permanent residence in the North and East was carried out on Thursday and about reports regarding hardships and inconvenience caused to the persons concerned” (Daily News – 9.6.2007 – emphasis mine). The decision itself has not been rescinded; only a reviewing of its manner of implementation has been ordered – and from the man who implemented it!

Japan is totally committed to continue aid to Sri Lanka - Akashi

Special Peace Envoy Yashushi Akashi assured “Japan will continue aid to Sri Lanka“. Despite snags in the search for peace and concerns about human rights in the country, special Japanese Envoy guaranteed that it will continue assistance to Sri Lanka without interruption. Akashi underlined that the Tokyo Declaration in 2003 linked foreign assistance to Sri Lanka to progress on the peace process. He pointed out that some European nations have drawn Japan's attention to its continuing substantial aid despite slow progress toward peace. But he said Japan does not want victims of the war to pay the price for the problems in the peace process.

Time to calibrate afresh India Kashmir policy

By J N Raina - Syndicate Features

The European Union (EU) has debunked Pakistan’s claim to Siachen Glacier as well as Northern Areas. The EU has also ruled out plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. President Musharraf and his regime stands fully exposed at a time when their country is seething with domestic trouble firstly over the issue of ‘suspension of chief justice Ifthikhar Ahmed and secondly over the ‘uniform’ of Musharraf himself. Pakistan treats Northern Areas not as part of the undivided State of Jammu and Kashmir (Pakistan calls it disputed) but as a separate entity and as a “territory that could be incorporated into Pakistan”.

India-US nuclear agreement at an impasse

The much-heralded nuclear deal between India and the United States that was announced by US President George Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on March 2, 2006, has now reached an impasse and is even threatening to unravel. Three days of intensive negotiations starting May 31 in New Delhi, between US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and the chief US negotiator of the Indo-US nuclear accord, Nicholas Burns, and his Indian counterpart, Foreign Secretary Shivashankar Menon, failed to resolve key differences.

Dr. Palitha Kohona

Tigers join Jihadis in global narcotic trade: terrorism must be eradicated with or without external support –Dr. Kohona

Dr. Palitha KohonaAddressing the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Dr Palitha Kohona, Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, argued that there should not be any difference between "corrigible and incorrigible terrorists". Dismissing the semantics of terrorism he said:”The incorrigible terrorists are dealt with militarily with no space for negotiations and the others with the carrot and stick approach, mostly with carrots. It is ironic that whilst all civilized societies abhor violence and the use of it to achieve political objectives, that we still engage in the semantics of terrorism. This is misleading; it assesses the validity of the cause when terrorism is an act. One can have a perfectly valid cause and yet if one commits terrorist acts it is terrorism regardless.”