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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

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Sri Lanka’s Ministers rejected the British unilateral appointment of a Special Envoy

Having learnt of the appointment of a Special Envoy for Sri Lanka being made by the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the Cabinet of Ministers at its meeting today (12.02.2009) presided over by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, rejected this unilateral appointment, following a submission made by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama. The Government of Sri Lanka categorically states that this appointment is in contravention of the basic principles governing international relations and the requirement for consultation and reciprocity. The Cabinet noted that neither proper procedure nor consultations had been undertaken by the British Government, prior to the said appointment which are time honoured traditions in diplomatic practice.

British Mumbo Jumbo rejected: Des Brownes appointment draws sharp criticism - Sri Lanka is not a British colony

Des BrownesThe announcement of the appointment of a special envoy to Sri Lanka has drawn sharp criticism in Sri Lanka. The cross section of the Sri Lankan leadership dismissed it as a 'British Mumbo Jumbo' as rightly pointed out by the "Asian Tribune." Sri Lankan leadership reminded that British Prime Minister should be told that Sri Lanka is no more the colony of Britian for him to dictates to the country from 10 Downing Street. They said Sri Lanka, a sovereign Independent Nation and it should be treated accordingly.

Development Cooperation Needs Greater Equity

Thalif Deen interviews Noeleen Heyzer, head of ESCAP

As the economic meltdown spreads to the far corners of the world, developing nations are increasingly strengthening their social and economic ties, bolstering the growing new concept of South-South cooperation - in trade, investment, transport, health care, education, climate change, communications and disaster reduction. The Asia-Pacific region, home to the world's fastest growing economies and two-thirds of humanity, has been taking the lead in regional economic integration ever since the creation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) back in 1967.

Sri Lankan In UN Team To Probe Gaza Killings

Sinha Basnayake, a Sri Lankan lawyer and former senior UN official who was Director of the Legal Division, has been named to a four member team to investigate the bombing of a UN compound in Gaza which resulted in the killings of civilian Palestinians last month. The Board of Inquiry, led by Ian Martin of the United Kingdom, began its work in New York and is expected to travel to the region shortly, according to a statement issued by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesperson. The body will review and investigate several incidents in the Gaza Strip between 27 December 2008 and 19 January 2009 and "in which death or injuries occurred at, and/or damage was done to, United Nations premises or in the course of United Nations operations," it noted.

Don Bosco Salasian Vicar General stresses on human dignity

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Rev Fr Adriano Bregolin, Vicar General of the Don Bosco Salesian, representing the Rector Major arrived in Sri Lanka on a routine visit to the Don Bosco Salasians Sri Lanka Vice Province and accorded a rousing welcome at the Don Bosco Salasian Headquarters at Dungalpitiya Negombo with a large number of children, youth and the Sri Lanka Don Bosco Salasian Congregation. On his arrival at the Airport Fr Bregolin was received by Rev Fr Anthony Humer Pinto, Superior General, Sri Lanka Don Bosco Vice Province.

Flip-flop Pakistan finally admits to LeT role in Mumbai's 26/11, arrests 6 wanted persons

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

Finally. 77-days after the 70-hour Taj-Oberai seize in Mumbai, Pakistan has admitted that India was indeed right in blaming it for the terror attacks that had claimed 170-persons from India and 15 other countries. nterior Minister Rehman Malik was short on details. He accepted that "part" of the conspiracy behind the Mumbai attacks was hatched in Pakistan. Lashkar-e-Taiba was involved in the attacks and three boats were used from Pakistan to reach Mumbai. This is a complete about turn in Pakistan's state which has been popping up one excuse after another excuse to deny any Pak hand in 26/11. In fact, it has not even accepted Ajmal Kasab the surviving gun man as Pak citizen.

Israelis, in Crisis, Vote for a Government of War

By Nicola Nasser

Dust settled down of Tuesday’s voting and the battle of forming the next Israeli government has just begun. With Benjamin Netanyahu poised for premiership and Avigdor Lieberman, leader of a "racist and fascist" party (as condemned by Talia Sasson of the Merez party) very well positioned to be the king or queen maker of the next ruling coalition, the Palestinian people and the whole region will have to brace as from next March for an Israeli government of war. First on the agenda of the new government will be the approval of 2.4 billion shekels ordered on Monday by the outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to re-equip the army after the war on Gaza as well as an extra military funding of one billion shekels.

British Mumbo Jumbo: Naming Former Defence Secretary as a Special Envoy to Sri Lanka

Britain has named Des Browne, as a special envoy to Sri Lanka on Thursday to try to ease hardship caused by the country's long-running civil war and to help in the search for a political solution. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the priorities were to achieve a cease-fire and to get a political settlement in Sri Lanka, where tens of thousands of civilians are trapped in a small area held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). "I've asked Des Browne, our former defense secretary, to be an envoy for Sri Lanka," Brown told a parliamentary committee. "I want him to be involved in seeing whether there is scope for political progress in Sri Lanka as well as looking at the issues of humanitarian aid."

Sri Lanka welcomes U.S. Targeting 'Tamil Foundation' as supporting designated terrorist group L.T.T.E

The Government of Sri Lanka appreciates the U.S. Government’s decision to designate the ‘Tamil Foundation’ as an organization extending support to L.T.T.E terrorism and to freeze all its U.S. assets. This decision also prohibits U.S. persons from engaging in any transactions with the Tamil Foundation. The U.S. authorities have charged that the L.T.T.E uses charitable organizations such as the Tamil Foundation to raise funds to support its terror campaign. The U.S. Treasury which maintains vigilance on the financial dealings of terrorist organizations has vowed to aggressively target attempts by terrorists to use charities and other front organizations to propagate terrorism against innocent civilians.

Some 24,000 Displaced Fled Northern Sri Lanka Violence So Far This Year – UN

The United Nations says some 24,000 uprooted people have fled Sri Lanka’s Vanni region so far this year, as clashes continue in the north of the South Asian island nation, where some 250,000 civilians are trapped by fighting between Government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). As a result, transit sites, few of which have been prepared so far, are becoming overcrowded. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, a new "safe zone" has been set up along the western boundary of the Mullaitivu Lagoon, which includes areas where UN staff and their dependents are staying.

Distorted international perception of developments in Northern Sri Lanka - Ambassador Aryasinha

By Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha

Chairman Robert Evans, Members of the South Asia Delegation of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Council, European Commission and my fellow South Asians. It is clear that the LTTE in Sri Lanka and its front organizations abroad, desperate in the face of impending military defeat, have over the past two weeks resorted to means unparalleled in recent times. This is not surprising. What is surprising from some of the speeches we heard last Thursday at the discussion on "the situation in Sri Lanka" at the European Parliament’s Strasbourg session, and also others here today, is how much many of you have been influenced by the dis-information spread by the LTTE and its cohorts, and keep repeating them.

Reading Afresh The 'K'- Word

By Chandrahasan - Syndicate Features

It may be rather late to harp on the Indian visit of the British foreign secretary, David Miliband, but the ripple effect from his gratuitous remarks on Kashmir will probably be felt in India for quite a while. The ministry of external affairs wrongly proclaimed that he was not reflecting the views of the British government even as Miliband was castigated for rendering ‘unsolicited advice’ to India on an ‘internal’ matter. Miliband’s appeal to India to address the ‘root cause’ of terrorism in India—the festering Kashmir problem—had cast its shadow over the India visit of another British minister. Another public comment on Kashmir would probably also lead to demands within India to lower trade ties with the British—something that may hurt them when they are officially in recession.

Des Brownes- Not welcomed in Sri Lanka

Top LTTE Agent in Cyprus Arrested

Herath Mudiyanselage Rohan Priyantha was arrested by the Cyprus Police Thursday 12 February, on information provided by the Tamil community. According to the information he was one of the foremost agents of the LTTE. The investigators found that Herath Mudiyanselage Rohan Priyantha had come to Cyprus on a second passport obtained from the Immigration Department in Colombo, and his real name was Thiyagarajah and hailed from Vavuniya. After having entered Cyprus under his real name, and after his contract is over he went back to Sri Lanka and obtained this false passport under the name of Herath Mudiyanselage Rohan Priyantha. He spoke Sinhalese quite well and there was no Tamil accent and he pretended to be a Sinhalese, but moved with very few Sinhalese friends who had helped him to continue his business on spurious marriages, of the € 5,000/- he earned on each marriage, he had funded the LTTE terror outfit by transmitting money to various agents to procure arms to fight in Sri Lanka.