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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2702

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Sri Lanka clarifies to Denmark's concern over civilians trapped in the war zone

Denmark’s concern over civilians trapped in the war zone was amply clarified by the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister. Danish Foreign Minister expressed his concern over the innocent civilians trapped in the war zone in the North and also appealed to the Sri Lankan Government to enter into a ceasefire with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The Danish Foreign Minister Per. Stig Moller telephoned today to the Sri Lanka Foreign Minister and spoke of the evolving scenario and expressed his country’s concern over the plight of the innocent civilians in the war zone, held hostages by the Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatists’ outfit. He also informed the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister that Denmark is willing to support Sri Lanka in the humanitarian sphere.

Sri Lanka Issue in Canada Parliament: Ministers call for Ceasefire – Negotiations

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Canadian Conservative Government Ministers who participated in the Emergency Debate on the Situation in Sri Lanka in the parliament on February 04 were unanimous in their call for a ceasefire and retuning to the negotiating table to solve what they describe as a "critical humanitarian and human rights situation in Sri Lanka." One cabinet minister in fact declared that the Canadian government “supports the call of the LTTE to discuss with the government of Sri Lanka terms for ending hostilities, including renunciation of violence and laying down arms." The Canadian Ministers urge the GSL to move toward a new and meaningful political solution to the conflict that will address the legitimate concerns of all ethnic communities.

U.N. Chief Sets Bar High in Aftermath of Gaza

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

When Ban Ki-moon visited Gaza after the destructive bombing of a U.N. compound last month, the usually reticent secretary-general lashed out at the Israelis, accusing them of using "excessive force" and describing the assault as "an outrageous and totally unacceptable attack against the United Nations". The harsh comments came as a surprise because a day earlier he had told reporters in Jerusalem that Israel "is a responsible member of the United Nations"- despite the continued violations of humanitarian law by the Israelis and the killings of over 1,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, in the 22-day conflict.

Is "Good Leadership" the Panacea that Somalia Needs?

Granted, the Somali political conundrum is multifaceted in nature. And, one of these facets and indeed most frequently cited element perpetuating Somalia ’s violence and anarchy is the lack of good leadership capable of ensuring good governance. After all, according to the official account, this very element is what toppled the Transitional Federal Government (TFG). The indicators of TFG’s fatal incompetence are many; however, the one that highlights it the most is their decision to usher in the broadly loathed Ethiopian occupation, and for callously becoming the instrument that executed Ethiopia ’s brutal free fire policy.

India "will" & "will not" interfere in Sri Lanka

By Shenali Waduge

Addressing a public rally in 1927 Ceylon, Mahatma Gandhi referred to Sri Lanka as "India's daughter state", years later Jawarhalal Nehru desired to make Sri Lanka a "Protectorate" of India and then Sri Lanka's fate became sealed no sooner his daughter Indira Gandhi ascended office and instilled the Indira Doctrine leaving Sri Lanka a war-ravaged nation. Her son Rajiv, continued the doctrine but had his life cut short by the very monster created by his mother and now his widowed wife Sonia's Congress is aligned with the very party that supports Tamil Eelaam separatism. Never underestimate the power of politics & the desire to remain in power.

Sri Lanka independence celebrations at UNESCO in Paris

A mega musical show held to commemorate the 61st independence anniversary attracted more than 1000 Sinhalese, Tamils and Malays living in France and foreign ambassadors and senior officials. The UNESCO Salle 1, which is the most prestigious auditorium in Paris was packed to its 1350-seat capacity when the Embassy of Sri Lanka in France celebrated the anniversary of independence on February 3. The audient comprising of all communities of Sri Lanka and French officials, diplomats and well wishers listen to eminent Sinahala singers, Karunarathne Divulgane and Deepika Priyadarshani Peiris and popular Tamil vocalist Mahinda Kumar karunarethnam in rapt attention.

UN Envoy Returns Home Frustrated

By Nehginpao Kipgen

Just a day before he began his seventh visit to the military-ruled Burma, since his assignment as the U.N. secretary-general’s special advisor in 2006, I authored an analytical piece entitled "Go Gambari, But Don’t Expect Much" discussing the possible outcome of the mission. As expected, the envoy was allowed to meet the National League for Democracy (NLD) general secretary Aung San Suu Kyi and a number of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) cabinet ministers, including the Prime Minister Thein Sein, among others.

MIDS ignores its long serving Professors

By A concerned academic

For the first time, long serving professors of the Madras Institute of Development Studies were completely ignored in its decision of January 31, 2009, on a new Director. It is usual in any academic institution of standing that it first exhausts internal potential before scouting outside, so that the institution is able to function smoothly, and maintain continuity. Several million rupees –tax payers’ money – have gone into the making of MIDS since 1977. But in just about a decade since its founder - and chairman till his death in 1994 – passed away, MIDS, till then a premier social science research institute of international repute, began to decline.

Kadapatha will be launched in Anuradhapura, on Friday, the 13th February

Kadapatha (The Looking Glass-Sixty Years of Independence), a collection of articles from the Sunday Lankadeepa weekly column of the same name written by Milinda Moragoda and edited by veteran Editor Mr. Edmond Ranasinghe, will be launched in Anuradhapura, on Friday, the 13th February 2009. The first copies of the book will be handed over to members of the Maha Sangha by Mr. Edmond Ranasinghe on the occasion of the Sangha Advisory committee meeting of the Ministry of Tourism.

Youth Ahoy!

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features

Among the many speculations about the next Lok Sabha polls that have come with controversies that have started to swirl around one that merits some seriousness is the likelihood of the youth brigade coming to the fore at the stage of nomination of party candidates. Sufficient indications are available that a lot of younger members may be asked to contest the polls by different political parties. It will be a mistake to read this as a sign that the political parties are going to witness a decisive shift from the geriatrics to the callow juniors in the next few months. Also, speculations do not turn into realties, especially in the highly unpredictable world of Indian politics.

Tamil People Crushed Between Rebels, Military

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

The 35-year Sri Lankan civil war has reached a critical point, with the government taking control of all major towns in its harsh war against the Tamil Tigers, who demand a separate state. The Sri Lankan government has achieved these massive territorial gains by not caring about the welfare of Tamil civilians in battle zones. A Jan. 29 news release from the International Committee of the Red Cross stated: "Hundreds of [Tamils] have been killed and scores of wounded are overwhelming understaffed and ill-equipped medical facilities in Sri Lanka's northern Vanni region, following intensified fighting between the Sri Lanka Security Forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam."

Another 5100 civilians arrived in Army Controlled area for their safety

Another five thousand one hundred civilians escaped from the clutches of LTTE and reached army controlled Dharmapuram, Visuvamadu and Kuppilanlkulam areas on Friday (7). Sri Lanka army sources say that those civilians were trapped in the LTTE run 'human shield' in Wanni and were rescued for their safety. According to the sources, the civilians had sought refuge with the soldiers deployed in the Dharmapuram, Visuamadu and Kuppilankuam areas. The soldiers after providing immediate medical care and refreshments to the refugees had sent them to the welfare centres located in the Government controlled areas.