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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2832

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Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke

Aung San Suu Kyi's 63rd Birthday today: Burma monks urges UN Security Council to safeguard Burmese people

Aung San Suu KyiUN Security Council and the Council of the European Union should take responsibility to protect the people of Burma when they meet today in New York and Brussels, on the 63rd birthday of the imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, urged All Burma Monks’ Alliance from Rangoon Burma in its appeal.

Italian Police on the lookout for hardcore LTTE cadres

Though Italian Police have so far arrested 33 suspected members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, it is now learnt that they are looking for another four key LTTE suspects, who are at present on the run in Europe. These suspects are said to be suicide cadres. who participated in the 'Pongku Tamil' ceremony held on 16 June, in Milan. Furthermore, it is learnt that more arrests are expected in Italy and in elsewhere, as European countries are on the alert over the terrorist activities of the LTTE in Europe and back in Sri Lanka. Recent killings of innocent civilians in Sri Lanka by the LTTE, have triggered launching of actions against the LTTE in many European capitals.

A symbolic move to crush the financing of terrorism

Paul Willms - Ex MP Third Chamber of The Netherlands

Canada has recently stepped-up monitoring Tamil front organizations which are alleged to support Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers terrorist activities. In result of these investigations into Tamil front organizations, the World Tamil Movement (WTM) will be banned by the federal government in Ottawa. This move is considered as a symbolic move to boost the image of the Canadian Government's fight against terrorism and will have less impact on the financial activities of the Tamil Tiger front offices in Canada, since WTM organization came under severe observation during the past years.

Global Order and Peace Making without the US

By Dr. Muqtedar Khan

We live in an era of global governance. Through a complex network of international organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Court of Justice and the World Trade Organization, we have succeeded in creating a pattern of governance without government at the global level. Much of this global order was created under the leadership, the financial assistance and the persuasive powers of the United States. It all began with the vision of President Woodrow Wilson to create a League of Nations. For six decades, since the end of World War II, the U.S. has been the primary mover behind the emerging global order and its main underwriter. But for a while now, experts of international relations have been wringing their hands wondering what would happen to this Wilsonian World once US' global prominence and leadership declined.

UN Body Tightens Leash on Human Rights Investigators

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva is seeking the right to implicitly retaliate against human rights investigators -- officially known as special rapporteurs -- who are critical of abuses by member states. The 38 special rapporteurs, who focus either on investigating specific countries or hold broader mandates such as torture, disappearances or arbitrary executions, usually serve two terms of three years each. But the HRC now wants all mandate-holders to be formally reappointed after they complete their first three-year term, giving the Council the option to refuse renewal.

Australian support for development projects in Sri Lanka

Asian Tribune - Sri Lanka Bureau

The Australian High Commissioner, Kathy Klugman, presented funds worth approximately Rs 3 million to beneficiaries of the Australian Government's Direct Aid Program (DAP) in a ceremony held on Tuesday morning. Speaking at the occasion Ms Klugman said that the High Commission takes great pride in the Direct Aid Program as it allows us the opportunity to provide direct benefits to those most in need; which includes women, children, the disabled, conflict affected persons, the elderly and other disadvantaged groups.

LTTE demand for 30 % landmass for 6% of a population is utterly impracticable - Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke

By Walter Jayawardhana

Bernard GoonetillekeAmbassador Bernard Goonetilleke told a US TV interviewer that that the LTTE’S intransigent demand of asking thirty percent land mass of the country for a population of six percent is utterly impractical. Ambassador Goonetilleke said, “Sri Lankan Tamils,” earlier known as “Ceylon Tamils,” today comprises less than 12% of the population……. more than 50% of this less than 12% Tamil population lives outside the North and the East. Then, you are talking about less than 6% of the population demanding 30% of the landmass, while ½ of that population would be elsewhere in the country….” During a history of more than 2000 year in Sri Lanka in which all communities lived harmoniously what is a 30 year long conflict asked Sri Lankan Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke referring to the current problem existing in the country.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Pongku Tamil is finished in Italy

The hoisting of the Eelam flag at Milan was shown on the National Television of Itlay Rai Uno One, but this time there were no adulations about the oppressed Tamil people or of the illusory goal of Prabahkaran’s Eelam, but the TV commentator described the flag as the most dangerous flag symbolizes the most dangerous terrorist outfit of the world. Also announced that under the direction of the Interior Ministry, the anti terrorist outfit has swooped down in the wee hours in the morning and arrested 33 suspects of the LTTE.