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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 112

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Amnesty International Gravely Concerned about Protection of Civilians amidst Increased Hostilities after CFA Abrogation

Amnesty International expressed grave concern that the end to the Ceasefire Agreement between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) today may lead to increased in hostilities that will jeopardize the safety of the civilians or a rise in indiscriminate attacks. AI called both parties to the conflict to uphold the protection of civilians at all times and work towards a negotiated settlement of the issues. ”, said Catherine Baber, Programme Director for Asia-Pacific. She added that “the withdrawal of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission leaves a vacuum in independent investigation and monitoring of human rights abuses. The establishment of a United Nations field operation with a strong monitoring mandate is now more urgent than ever” she said.

Government Responds Louise Arbor: Abrogation of CFA, Government’s Inalienable Right in the Face of LTTE’s Grievous Violations

By Philip Fernando in Los Angeles

In a strongly worded statement, Sri Lanka reiterated its decision to abrogate the Cease Fire Agreement, while assuring the UN High Commissioner Louise Arbor that all necessary and meaningful measures to avoid civilian casualties and hardships to civilian populations will be taken by the government. The government viewed the right to abrogate the CFA, an inalienable right of Sri Lankan government, stipulated in the cease fire agreement.

UN Watch Expresses Concern after Sri Lanka Rejects UN Human Rights Monitoring as ‘Unqualified’

UN Watch expressed concern today after Sri Lanka’s representative in Geneva called the office of High Commissioner Louise Arbour “unqualified” to report on the island's bloody conflict. Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based NGO, said it was legitimate to debate statements by the world body but was “disappointed that a vice-president of the Human Rights Council would negate a core duty of the UN’s highest human rights official.”

Godhra: Shining India’s Discriminatory Justice

By Subash Mohapatra

Acknowledgement, remorse, justice and reconciliation are the accepted steps required for collective healing when wounds of an indescribable nature have been inflicted on a whole population. In Gujarat, five years after independent India's worst genocide, there has been little or no acknowledgement of the crimes and no question therefore of any expression of remorse from perpetrators and masterminds. Justice, except in a few isolated cases, dodges Gujarat's survivors. It must therefore be a while before we talk of reconciliation.

Murali VS Bradman

By Nalin Abeysekera - Lecturer, Open University of Sri Lanka

MuraliIt was a special moment in Sri Lanka cricket! There is no bowler within sight who can even get close to Murali. He has capacity to go for many more years and get wickets for his motherland. His contribution has been so significant in the success story of Sri Lankan cricket. As a person he is always positive towards competition and towards his team. He is every inch a team player and in many ways his unselfish attitude would contribute against his personal performance. This is a small comparison between Murali and Bradman-all-time best batsman in world cricket.

What did Ambassador Dominic Chilcott say at the Dudley Senanayeka Tenth Memorial Lecture?

By Oscar E V Fernando

Now that the blood rush with his statements has simmered down, it may be worth having a fresh perspective on what he said! That Dudley Senanayeka, unlike most politicians today, was one who came forward because the country needed him; he would have welcomed the 17th amendment to the constitution; had the agreement Dudley signed with the moderate Tamil leadership in 1965 been implemented it is quite possible that Sri Lanka today would have been a vibrant, prosperous, multi-ethnic country at peace with itself.

Buttala attack bears all the hallmarks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – US Embassy

The United States of America has strongly condemned yesterday’s vicious terrorist attack on a civilian bus in Uva Province that killed at least 24 persons, including many women and children, and injured more than 60 others. While expressing the condolences to the victims and their families, the US Embassy in Colombo has pointed out that though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, it bears all the hallmarks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. It further added, “The targeting of civilians serves to foster fear and cause further suffering among the Sri Lankan people. Only a political solution to the country’s conflict offers a way out of the current cycle of escalating violence.”

Sangaree condemns the Buttala bombings

The brutal and cowardly act of the LTTE which caused the death 26 innocent civilians and also left over sixty-five people injured came under condemnation. The President of the Tamil United Liberation Front V. Anandasangaree has condemned the LTTE for yesterday’s claymore mine attack at Buttala. He has admonished that it was high time the LTTE stop killing innocent civilians, which is not going to serve any purpose other than infuriating the International Community which is fast losing its patience. Anandasangaree pointed out that there should be no place for ferocious animals in the human society. He said “We as humans have a sacred duty to perform.” He also emphasized that without playing hide and seeks; every one should express their deep concerns.

No change in the government's stance to withdraw itself from the ceasefire agreement-Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Government's Defense spokesman Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella says there is no change in the government's stance to withdraw itself from the ceasefire agreement with the LTTE. This decision was made after deeply observing the CFA and the series of subsequent incidents during the past 25 years. The Minister said the government hopes to unveil proposals of the all party representative committee by the end of this month. All attempts by various governments to resolve the problem through negotiations with the LTTE during the past 25 years have been proven unsuccessful.