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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

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Bidding farewel

The Winds from Tamilnadu

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

With Lankan forces at the edge of Killinochchi (according to some reports an incursion has been made) a new phase in the Fourth Eelam War is beginning. Whether this is the ‘final phase’ of the war, its duration and its outcome are far from clear. Much will depend on the Tigers’ capacity to resist the multi-pronged assault of the Lankan Forces. Though the LTTE’s will to resist cannot be undermined as long as Vellupillai Pirapaharan is alive its capacity to resist can be diminished due to an inadequacy of experienced fighters. The insufficiency of human resources has been the LTTE’s Achilles Heel for sometime. The Tigers are said to be conscripting anyone capable of holding a weapon, but most of these under/over-aged raw conscripts will become cannon-fodder rather than effective fighters.

SAARC Summit took far-reaching decisions of key issues - President Mahinda

Closing session The 15th SAARC Summit that concluded has taken far-reaching decisions on key issues affecting the region such as terrorism, food and fuel security and trade, with discussions that had a strong focus, on economic and commercial cooperation and members can draw satisfaction from a most productive and fruitful outcome, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his statement yesterday, at the conclusion of the 15th SAARC Summit at the BMICH, in Colombo. On terrorism the Summit finalized and signed the Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters; on food security it issued a Special Statement, released along with the Summit Declaration, where the Leaders of the SAARC countries affirm their resolve to make South Asia once again a major granary of the world, through a series of inter-connected and specific regional collaborative projects, said Mahinda Rajapaksa at a media briefing yesterday after the conclusion of the Summit at the BMICH.

Nuclear Arms Are No Longer "Necessary Evils"

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

As citizens of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are painfully reminded of the horrors of atomic bombings that devastated the two Japanese cities in August 1945, one of the country's most influential peace organizations is intensifying its longstanding efforts for nuclear disarmament. "In order to revive and re-energize efforts for nuclear disarmament, we need to challenge the persistent notion that nuclear weapons are a 'necessary evil'," says Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), a Tokyo-based non-governmental organization (NGO) with over 12 million members in some 192 countries.

SAARC summit ends on a high note as the Lanka army makes a triumphant entry into heart of Tiger territory

By M Rama Rao India Editor, Asian Tribune

Bidding farewell As the Sri Lankan army made triumphant entry into the heart of Tiger territory, the 15th SAARC summit came to grips with the serious threat posed by terrorism to peace and stability in the region and declared the eight –nations' resolve to take the menace head on through 'strongest possible cooperation' "The Heads of State or Government strongly condemned all forms of terrorist violence and expressed deep concern over the serious threat posed by terrorism to the peace, stability and security of the (South Asian) region," said a Declaration adopted at the end of the two-day summit attended by leaders from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives besides hosts Sri Lanka.

ISI can’t be tamed

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Pakistan’s flip-flop over its most infamous agency, Inter-Services Intelligence has a subtle message- ISI cannot be tamed. Anyone, whether a civilian ruler in Islamabad or his well-wisher in far away Washington, who entertains such a thought is living in a fool’s paradise, as are those who think that the ‘agency’ that makes many of the country’s citizens ‘disappear’ and rig elections on orders from the army can be humanised. Pakistan People’s Party co-chairman, Asif Ali Zardari, is, obviously, not in synch with the unchanged reality of his country. That was why he had rushed into hailing the official notification that placed the ISI as also the country’s Intelligence Bureau under the interior ministry. He must have blushed a thousand times a day later when his optimism proved to be entirely misplaced as the ‘government’ in Islamabad clarified that the notification on ISI had been misinterpreted by the media.

Navy Raids Iranativu Island in the North

By Ravin Edirisinghe

Sri Lanka Navy’s Special Boats Squadron (SBS) and the Rapid Action Boat Squadron (RABS) launched an offensive landing into the Iranahivu Island on last Saturday (02) around 2.45 pm and completely destroyed the make-shift LTTE sea tiger camp situated on the Island. The elite team destroyed a sea tiger boat and captured another two during the confrontation killing four tigers and went onto attack the fleeing tigers till areas closer to Nachchikudha (an area under tiger control). Naval craft on observing another cluster of boats which came to assist their withdrawing cadres came under a surprise sea borne attack both from the northern and southern flanks where the tiger boats were left with the only option of withdrawing with heavy casualties.