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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2522

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Unbecoming of a diplomat - V. Anandasangaree

V. Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front, has given his piece of mind to Dr. Dayan Jayatillleka, who serves as a diplomat - Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. The TULF leader, a veteran moderate Tamil politician, reminded Dr. Dayan Jayatillleka, that in fairness to the Sri Lankan society, being a Diplomat he should avoid writing anything and calling it as, "The views expressed here are the writers personal ones".

No peace talks says government

Government of Sri Lanka said it would not attend talks with the LTTE and the Defence SpokesmanDr. Keheliya Rambukkawela categorically denied false rumors which are spreading in Sri Lanka on peace talks. Issuing a special press statement on Tuesday, he said the government never thinks of talks with the LTTE .He said government troops are doing their duty perfectly and the main objective is to liberate the innocent Tamil people in the LTTE. “Our forces are working under a systematical plan to liberate the area and defeat terrorism .If the LTTE lay down their arms the government could consider talks with the LTTE, he explained.

U.N. Renovation Threatens Disruption in World Body

By Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service

When the United Nations begins a major 1.8 billion dollar renovation of its 39- storey headquarters early next year, there are fears that the relocation of nearly 4,000 staffers from the 60-year-old building will disrupt the organisational work of the world body.

Sri Lanka – Diplomatic postings

H.M..G.S.Palihakara is the new UN Permanent Representative based in New York. He was earlier the Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Palihakara a career diplomat has succeeded Prasad Kariywasam who is from the 1981 Foreign Service batch. Kariyawasam is at present the Additional Secretary in charge of South Asia, SAARC, General Administration and Public Communication in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Russia, China and India in the Changing Global Defence Market

By Leel Pathirana for Asian Tribune

Russia, China and India stand at present as the fast changing and challenging supplier of the Global Defence Market. They have doubled their military expenditure during the last five years and forecast to rise further by 62% by the end of 2010. Apparently, these countries increased the Defence expenditure from USD $ 50.05 billion to USD $ 99.47 billion by 2007 and would be increased up to USD $ 161.44 billion by the end of 2010 according to Jane’s Defence weekly. ’These three countries’ defence sectors will have far-reaching implications for the West, both in terms of opportunities and potential competition in the global market.

Sri Lankan Representative mourns the death of Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish

On behalf of Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa and people of Sri Lanka, the Representative of Sri Lanka to the Palestinian National Authority Dr. T. Jayasinghe mourns the death of Palestinian Poet Mahmoud Darwish. Dr.Jayasinghe also expressed his condolence on the death of Mahmoud Darwish to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian people and Darwish’s family.

Indian Government’s Injustice to IPKF in India’s Vietnam

By Shenali Waduge

The arrival of over 70,000 Indian Peace Keeping Force troops to Sri Lanka followed the signing of the Indo-Lanka Peace Accord on 29 July 1987. Their task was significant for ironically the IPKF was to disarm the very militants that India had provided covert training & arms to. In other words, Indian soldiers were being sent to a foreign land to disarm militants that India had created.

Activist's Beating More Evidence of Red-Green Alliance

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

Bikash Halder has been traversing West Bengal for months looking for help in protecting the more than 15 million Bangladeshi Hindus from Islamist radicals. His concern at the moment is the fate of those refugees now living in camps that dot the Indian border areas with Bangladesh, and who remain stateless as a result of decisions in New Delhi and Kolkata. But on July 27, at least 18 people carried out a brutal and coordinated attack on him, seriously injuring him. He was treated at a local hospital and again by a physician closer to his home. His wounds took over two weeks to heal.

Is It Possible to Find Common Grounds for Global Security with Dar al-Islam? – Part III

By Habib Siddiqui

Thanks to 9/11 and the merchants of war, the myth of "clash of civilization" between the technologically superior West and the technology-starved House of Islam (Ar. Dar al-Islam) has been getting much notoriety. So pervasive is this propaganda that we often forget that these two powers, while sometimes colliding in the last 14 centauries, did also have comparable periods of peace, compatibility and cooperation.

Hue and cry about ISI

By Asif Haroon Raja

After taking Pakistan on board in October 2001 as a coalition partner, a web around Pakistan was cleverly woven by USA-India-Afghanistan-Israel combine with a view to destabilise, denuclearise and de-Islamise it and turn it into a client state of India. For the achievement of these objectives, our strengths were to be emasculated and our psycho-politico-religious-social vulnerabilities accentuated.

Elimination of Terrorism will not be stopped - Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama

By Walter Jayawardhana

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama said there is no truth in the statement of the United National Party that after the Provincial Council elections in North Central and Sabaragamuwa Provinces the war to eliminate terrorism will be stopped. "We showed that terrorism could be eliminated from the country’s Eastern Province and similarly we will eliminate terrorism in the Northern Province and bring back democracy to the citizens of the area they once enjoyed", he said in a television interview conducted with him by the state owned Independent Television Network and broadcast Tuesday night.