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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2403

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Dr. Palitha Kohona

Burma began releasing 6300 prisoners: UN Chief urges the release of all political detainees including Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar's military government said it has begun releasing more than 6,300 prisoners, including some from opposition National League for Democracy. In the meantime U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has again urged Burma's military government to release all political detainees after only a token number of political prisoners were freed during a general amnesty that began Saturday. However the State media reported the released prisoners were freed because of good conduct and so they could vote in next year's elections, "The Washington Post" reported Monday.

No Ceasefire - Only Surrender: Prabhakaran and the LTTE Cadres Must Pay for their Heinous Crimes

Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR) has urged the Government of Sri Lanka not to agree for any Ceasefire Agreement with Prabhakaran and his terrorist cadres at no given circumstances. In a press statement, SPUR has pointed out that the Tamil Tiger terrorists continue to perpetrate heinous crimes against humanity as the liberation efforts of Sri Lanka’s military forces continue to shrink the land mass under their control. "The LTTE’s arrogant response to the UN’s plea was to expand their attacks against civilians by killing over 20 innocent Sinhalese civilians, mainly Chena farmers in the Karametiya village in Iginiyagala on 21 February 2009",the press statement revealed.

UN Secretary-General Says Urgent Need To Resolve Sri Lankan Conflict

(Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs) Holmes had a very good visit to Sri Lanka. He had meetings with many senior government officials, including President [Mahinda] Rajapaksa. The UN deplores the increasing casualties among civilians trapped in the intense fighting between the government and the LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] over the last several days and would strongly support a suspension of fighting for the purpose of allowing safe passage of the civilian population trying to flee the conflict. There is an urgent need to bring this conflict to an end without any further unnecessary loss of civilian life and destruction of Sri Lankan society. The United Nations renews its call on all sides to pursue serious efforts toward political discussion to achieve an orderly end to the conflict.

Sri Lankan Makes Submission To Senate Foreign Relations Committee

In a submission to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Anjalika Silva of the State of Maryland says her main concern is that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) is propagating false information about the country in order to benefit from Western nations with the best refugee and welfare programs. The only method available to them to continue living in Western nations is by claiming that their lives are in danger if they return. They use the term "Genocide" to generate fear psychosis so that Western Governments will permit their asylum or refugee status to continue, she adds. Losing refugee status for many of these people means a loss of income for the LTTE that has been extorting even funds from welfare programs for immigrants in unsuspecting western nations. If the war ends and the country returns to normalcy two things can happen.

Development, Peace and and prosperity in Sri Lanka despite the scourge of terrorism - Dr. Kohona

Dr. Palitha KohonaThis is the scourge of terrorism – terrorism has been a major challenge to our development aspirations for over 25 years. It raised its ugly head in the early 80’s – at a time that Sri Lanka was being praised in the Western world as a model liberalized economy. The terrorist challenge is estimated to have cost the country over $ 200 billion, said Dr. Palitha Kohona. Speaking the Rotary District Conference, Dr. Palitha Kohona, Secretary to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, "There is much that we are doing to ensure a safe, healthy and prosperous future for our people. We have achieved much. But much remains to be achieved. As our soldiers continue to advance at great sacrifice to themselves and the scourge of terrorism recedes, we have larger challenges looming ahead. Reconstruction, rehabilitation and re-integration come to mind."

6 LTTE cadres nabbed in Paris for murder of French policeman

French police arrested six Sri Lankan Tamils including a woman in connection with the murder of a French policeman on Saturday night. The 33-year old policeman was killed when he questioned a group of LTTE cadres who were collecting funds at Tamil-dominated La Courneuve area in the French capital. Police said that the group grabbed the policeman and used his own pistol to kill him. The murder weapon was later found hidden in a dustbin at the residence of one Kandiah, a fund-collector of the LTTE. The incident has taken place near the residence of Mehtha, LTTE leader in Paris, who is in police custody since April, 2007

Senator John Kerry’s Inquisition On Sri Lanka

By L. Jayasooriya

We in Sri-Lanka hear that US senator John Kerry is going to have an Inquisition on Sri Lanka without permitting any person authorized by our government to be present so that we could rebut practically everything that is said against us. This type of hearings reminds us of the American Wild West when the hearings begin only after “fixing” the judge. We cannot refrain from wondering whether this has something to do with the genes. How else could it take the form of an ecclesiastical tribunal of the Spanish type?

Seminar on ‘Renewed ASEAN Leadership towards Social Justice in Myanmar’

The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Myanmar Caucus (AIPMC) will be hosting the "Renewed ASEAN Leadership towards Social Justice in Myanmar," seminar on 26 February 2009 at the JW Marriot Hotel in Bangkok from 9am onwards. The aims of the seminar to highlight the key issues of current concern in Myanmar/Burma in advance of the ASEAN Summit meeting in Hua Hin, Thailand. The seminar is expected to bring together politicians, members of parliament from some ASEAN countries, leaders of the Burma democracy movement, Thai civil society and academics.

Peace accord in Swat must not be frittered away

By Asif Haroon Raja

Pakistan is terming its nuclear weapons and the manufacturing facilities as its strategic assets. The nuclear capability provides it with a credible deterrence to thwart the sinister designs of its adversaries who seek its dismemberment. Former Soviet Union with massive nuclear and conventional military capability fragmented from within without putting to use these mass destruction armaments it had heaped at a colossal cost to keep its principal foe USA at bay. In fact the heavy defence expenditure became instrumental in crippling its economy and leading to its eventual downfall from within. It reinforced the age old dictum that it is the man behind the gun and not the gun which stands the test of trial.

EU condemns LTTE's use of violence and intimidation to prevent civilians from leaving the conflict area

European Union has condemned the LTTE's use of violence and intimidation to prevent civilians from leaving the conflict area. The European Union, at a resolution adopted at the 2925th General Affairs Council meeting held in Brussel, has also called on the LTTE to lay down its arms and to renounce terrorism and violence once and for all, end the inhuman use of child soldiers and forced recruitment, and participate in a political process to achieve a just and lasting solution. In the meantime EU has called on the authorities of Sri Lanka to engage in an inclusive political process, which addresses the legitimate concerns of all communities.


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