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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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Mahinda Rajapakse

Geneva Conventions: Privileged Terrorists, Deprived Soldiers

By Alfred Thompson Denning

Terrorists are evanescent, fleeting. They come and go. Their whereabouts are unknown. They hide among the innocent civilians. They roam about, dressed up like any other civilian. There are no warning signals; a bomb, an explosion, a head flies. Yes, it was a suicide bomber, and the soldiers could not do much about it. It is extremely difficult, almost impossible, to distinguish between this unconventional terrorist posing as a civilian, and the ordinary civilian. The conventional soldier therefore is operating in an environment where the enemy is less recognisable. How difficult, then, is the task of countering terrorism? Extremely, more than the law could have imagined. No, I am not talking about court orders! I am referring, more specifically, to that body of international law called international humanitarian law (frequently known as the law of armed conflict).

Two Sri Lankan schools won International Peace Award

By Leel Pathirana

Two Sri Lankan schools in Deraniyagala located in the Sabaragamuwa Province, have won the Hiroshima International Award for Peace for the year 2007. Deraniyagala Kanishta (Junior) Vidyalaya, a Sinhala language school and Deraniyagala Kadireshan College, a Tamil language school won the award jointly. The Hiroshima Peace Foundation says that the commitment shown by the two schools to promote racial harmony has won them the award.

Hindus of Sri Lanka would look to the future with hope and optimism – President Mahinda Rajapakse

Mahinda RajapakseSri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse on the occasion of the Thai Pongal, which is celebrated today, expressed his hope and optimism that the Hindus of Sri Lanka while observing the traditions of Thai Pongal would look to the future with hope and optimism, shared by all people of Sri Lanka. President in his message to Sri Lankan Hindus on the occasion of the Thai Pongal Festival further said that he, hoped for peace, prosperity, trust and understanding in the coming year.

West and CFA out: Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement in with India backing offensive against Tiger terrorists

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Of late Indo-Sri Lanka relations have ceased to see-saw and moved into an even plane where it has been running on parallel lines. The latest statements from both sides of the Palk Straits seem to indicate that the parallel lines too have moved closer to the point of intertwining and strengthening each other. After abrogating the Ceasefire Agreement thrust down the throat of the nation by the Western powers manipulated by pro-Tiger Norway, President Mahinda Rajapakse has announced that the Indo-Sri Lanka Agreement provides the best solution for the national crisis. India, for its part, has refrained from criticizing the abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement. India has responded by distancing itself from the Ceasefire Agreement saying that it was never a party to it. Both are very decisive and significant statements pointing the way to new directions in foreign and domestic affairs.

Prorogation of Sri Lanka Parliament in Early February Likely

By Our Political Correspondent

Parliament will be prorogued most likely after its February session according to official sources. Observers believe that scheduled local government elections in the newly liberated Eastern Province was a determining cause of the prorogation. The main business to be conducted in February before prorogation will be the reenactment of the emergency regulations. The traditional 'state of the nation" President's Speech will herald the resummning of Parliament. President will most likely detail his government's progress on many fronts, including the war in the north. A summary of achievements by the various ministries and the economy of the country would be among the highlights to be included in the President's Speech.

Norwegian Foreign Minister survived unscathed in a luxury hotel bomb attack in Kabul, one journalist killed

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoeres survived unscathed as gunshots and a major explosion ripped through a hotel in Kabul yesterday night, shortly after a Norwegian delegation had arrived for meetings with Afghan officials. A respected Norwegian journalist was among six persons killed in the attack, while a Norwegian foreign ministry official was severely wounded. According to Aftenposten, Carsten Thomassen, age 38, died at a military hospital Monday evening after being shot in the lobby of the Serena Hotel in Kabul. Thomassen, a respected reporter for Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet and was part of the press corps traveling to Afghanistan with Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.