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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2830

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Sri Lanka: Serious concerns about security incidents in east

Security incidents in eastern Sri Lanka are driving recently returned displaced people to flee their homes once again, a spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Friday, calling on the Government to take measures in response. “We are seriously concerned about the deteriorating security situation and various incidents reported from return areas in eastern Sri Lanka,” said Jennifer Pagonis. UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer at the press briefing, on 23 November 2007, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva said that there are around 250 displaced people, who returned to their villages of origin in the Trincomalee district a few weeks ago, after fleeing escalating violence in 2006, but they fled from their homes again this week back to welfare centres in Batticaloa district, after serious security incidents in their villages.

Fidel Castro contributed an Alternative Ethic of Rebellion and Resistance - La Jornada

The premier Mexican newspaper La Jornada has carried an interview with Dr Dayan Jayatilleka, conducted by its correspondent Kyra Nunez, on the subject of Cuban President Fidel Castro and Jayatilleka’s new book on him. Datelined November 16th and appearing in the Cultural Section of La Jornada of November 17th, the article in Spanish carries the quadruple-decker title of which the English translation is “He is the more relevant political thinker born in the 20th century” says Dayan Jayatilleka to "La Jornada

Sri Lanka reprimands UNICEF for its staff’s participation in a public demonstration in Colombo

Sri Lanka’s Acting Foreign Secretary summoned the Country Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Colombo to the Ministry on 22nd November 2007 and expressed serious concern on the participation of several members of its staff, including the international staff, at a recent public demonstration in Colombo. He pointed out that this act was in violation of the mandate of the UNICEF and was beyond the scope of its legitimate functions. The Country Representative was requested to take appropriate action against the staff members who participated in the demonstration including the withdrawal of the concerned international staff and the termination of local staff .

Navy kills seventeen Sea Tigers off Pesalai

Tiger boats launched from Vedithalathivu area reached off Pesalai seas with the intention of carrying out an attack. These boats have fired small arms at the Pesalai Police detachment around 8.00 a.m. on Friday (23 November). Successful naval ground and fleet unit retaliation caused damages and casualties on the fleeing sea tigers. According to sources, Naval intelligence units have intercepted sea tiger communication which announced the names and official numbers of seventeen cadres who were killed as a result of naval retaliation.

Banning of TRO the final nail in the coffin of the peace process

V.Sivanadiyar, President of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization, the charity arm of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has condemned the banning of the rehabilitation agency in Sri Lanka. In a statement released from his head office in Kilinochchi, Sivanadiyar said, “TRO condemns in the strongest possible terms the Government of Sri Lanka's (GoSL) banning of TRO. The banning of TRO will result in a further restriction on humanitarian relief to the Tamil people and has the ulterior motive of unleashing untold hardships on the Tamil people as part of the GoSL's continuing discrimination and oppression of the Tamil people.” He added that with the banning of the TRO the final nail in the coffin of the peace process has been hammered home.

Sri Lanka expressed strong objection on the decision to suspend Pakistan

Uganda President welcomes Mahinda Rajapakse President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday expressed strong objections of Sri Lanka at the decision taken to suspend Pakistan from Commonwealth membership at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kampala, Uganda earlier yesterday. President Rajapakse expressed Sri Lanka’s position when President Yoweri Museveni, who is the Chairman of the CHOGM, asked for the views of Heads of Governments on the decision taken by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) to suspend Pakistan from the Commonwealth in view of current developments there. It was of President Rajapakse’s view that due consideration should be given to the changes now taking place in Pakistan before such an important decision is taken regarding a Member of the Commonwealth.