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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2992

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Open letter from Benita Ferrero- Waldner

Asian Tribune: Sri Lanka Bureau

Benita Ferrero-Waldner is European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy said in her open letter to media in Sri Lanka and explained recent criticisms about personal attacks against the Commission’s former Head of Delegation in Colombo, Ambassador Julian Wilson.She said local media has published a number of articles about this matter and criticized Mr. Julian Wilson. She said these articles have revealed some fundamental misunderstandings about the relations between Sri Lanka and the European Union (EU) and European Commission and I feel the need to put the record straight. "Let us look at the facts. We have long been a partner of Sri Lanka with our cooperation dating back to 1975 when external trade and development cooperation of the then nine-country European Economic Community (EC) was in its early days. Now the EU has 27 Member States, a population of close to 500 million people, and is a political community of values based on peace and freedom, democracy and the rule of law, human rights and respect for and protection of minorities. It is the world's largest economic zone; it also spends around 10 billion Euros a year in development assistance projects in all five continents, and has extensive relations with countries throughout the world, based firmly on partnership.

Ganguly Syndrome at work again


Sourav Ganguly has been martyred again. For no fault of his, the former India captain has hit the headlines and all for the wrong reason. The whole drama has been given substance merely because he was not selected for the Rest of India team for the Irani Trophy. The unfortunate aspect of the whole controversy is the involvement of former cricketers who should have known better than to lend their name to such discussion. And one of them, a former coach has gone as far as to suggest that Ganguly’s omission has very little to do with his cricketing ability. I think that observation was totally uncalled for and particularly from somebody of the standing of Sandeep Patil.

Indian Propagandist of the LTTE.

By Palitha Senanayake.

In an article published quite widely in the Indian press and also picked up by the Sri Lankan press on 12th September 2008, Mr. B Raman analyses the recent attack by the LTTE on the Sri Lankan army’s Northern base at Vavuniya(260 kms north of Colombo). The Article while admitting that the LTTE has lost badly in the war(what he terms as a war of attrition), his article seemed designed to prop up the credibility of the LTTE than to decipher what may have really happened from empirical evidence. He says "Even after allowing for the usual exaggeration of the spokesman for the Armed forces…." He points out the conflicting nature of certain accounts given by the Armed forces at different times without appreciating the fact that when an attack takes place it take some time to asses the actual extent of the damage. Therefore the census and statistics of the damage may differ at different stages. He further states, "While the Sri Lankan armed forces repeatedly exaggerate their success and play down their losses, the LTTE generally gives a factual account of the battles. Even if it does badly in the battles it does not try to cover its failures. This is one of the reasons for the high credibility enjoyed by the LTTE in the eyes of its cadres Tamil Diaspora and the Tamil population." Mr Raman should know that the LTTE does not have to earn the credibility of the Tamil Diaspora, because the LTTE is the armed wing of the Tamil Diaspora that helps the Diaspora to stay and swell them abroad.

Justice for all ensures peace and economic growth

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

It is justice to every strata of persons of a country brings peace and not wars, said S S Wijeratne, Chairman, Legal Aid Commission of Sri Lanka, speaking as a panelist at the 16th Business for Peace Forum, “The Business for Peace Initiative” (BPI) of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL) held at JAIC Hilton Hotel. The guest speaker at the Forum was Tore Hattrem, Ambassador of Norway in Sri Lanka who spoke on “Maintaining the Balance of Peace Building and Economic Growth in Sri Lanka; The Norwegian Perspective.” Kosala Wickramanayake, President, FCCISL, welcoming the guests said that he is aware of the importance that Norway has attached to the subject of peace in Sri Lanka and its commitment to the international peace initiative during the last two decades. He said that FCCISL too has a record dedicated to the promotion of both peace and economic growth in the North and the East and its focused determination towards achieving these goals, to a great extent has been able to restore the status quo of the business sector in these areas.

No truth in the news report on the denial of US visa to Douglas Devananda

There is no truth in the news reports by a section of the media in Sri Lanka that Minister Douglas Devananda has been denied US Visa. It was a mischievous canard, a source in the Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry said. The source told “Asian Tribune” that there was a delay on the part of Minister Douglas Devananda to make the application to the US Embassy. He further said as the Minister has unintentionally applied for the visa at the last moment and there might be a procedural delay in processing the visa application of the Minister at the US Embassy and nothing else. Minister Douglas Devananda was a member of Sri Lanka President’s delegation for the UN General Assembly in 2006 as well as in 2007.

Minister Rambukwella says Pakistan’s massive Marriot Hotel bomb has been copied from LTTE

By Walter Jayawardhana

Addressing a well attended press conference at the Sri Lanka High Commission at Hyde Park Gardens, in London Defense spokesman and cabinet Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that Al Qaeda has learnt the technology of the massive 1300 pound bomb exploded at the Marriot Hotel in Islamabad from Sri Lanka’s Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). "The Pakistani bomb is very similar in style to Colombo’s Central Bank truck bomb which was only less in weight,’ Rambukwella said replying a question raised by a Pakistani reporter. Both are considered to be massive truck bombs involving suicide bombers while 91 people died in the Colombo bomb in 1996by the LTTE while 53 people died in the Marriot Hotel bomb by Al Qaeda in Islamabad, September 21. Rambukwella said there is constant exchange of technology between terrorist groups. Earlier, terrorism experts have indicated that the current technology of a suicide jacket used by Al Qaeda was actually developed by the Tamil Tigers and later transferred to the Middle Eastern terrorist group.

Norwegian Minister Solheim Told Peace in North will Emerge with Death of Terrorism Soon

Philip Fernando in UN reporting for 'Asian Tribune'

Norwegin Minister Erik Solheim called on the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapajsa at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in New York and was told that how cunningly Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam were exploiting the emerging war situation in the Wanni and that Internally Displaced persons are made use by the LTTE as human shield and were prevented from leaving Wani. This was told to Erik Solheim, Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development Erik Solheim called on the President Mahinda Rajapakse yesterday at his hotel, accompanied by Jon Hansen Bauer, Special Envoy associated with the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission on the sidelines of the 63rd UN General Assembly sessions in New York. President Rajapaksa said the Government was now addressing humanitarian issues in the North, and that the LTTE was trying to use civilians as human shields in the areas where it was faced with the advancing Sri Lankan troops, which efforts by the terrorists had to be prevented.