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Fight against terrorism is a battle to restore rights of the Tamil people, says New Envoy to France

The current military operation to liberate the remaining parts of the Northern province from the clutches of the terrorists is in fact a battle to restore the rights of the Tamil people. Stating this at a pahan pooja held at the International Buddhist Centre in Paris on November 16, Sri Lanka’s Ambassador-designate to France Lionel Fernando said that his main mission is to explain to the French government and the people that the government of Sri Lanka is totally committed to restore the democratic rights of the Tamil people.

Awards for journalists betraying Lanka

By Janaka Perera

The contemptuous action of a so-called National Mass Media Foundation has caused dismay and anger among journalists who are supporting the Security Forces anti-LTTE offensive to defend Sri Lanka's territorial integrity. According to media sources, the uproar was sparked off when the names of some these journalists were removed at the last minute from the list of reporters who had been selected for awards this week by the 'Media Foundation.' When the journalists in question came for the awards ceremony at the Hilton Hotel Colombo, they had been turned away by the organizers saying that their names were not in the list. Among them was Lake House "Dinamina" staffer Wijayani Edirisinghe.

Wanted: A New Global Deal"

Heidemarie Wieczorek-ZeulA United Nations conference on Financing for Development (FfD) is scheduled to take place in Doha, Qatar, next week against the backdrop of a devastating global economic crisis that has threatened to undermine the basic foundations of Anglo-Saxon capitalism. The U.S. economy is under siege; the Eurozone has fallen into recession; commercial and investment banks are in a state of collapse; unemployment is on the rise; consumer spending is on the decline; the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals are threatened; and an entire country, Iceland, has virtually gone bankrupt. Is there still hope for the 1.4 billion people who live on less than 1.25 dollars per day in some of the world's poorest countries?

Sri Lankan Ambassador urged for a favourable bilateral relationship with Denmark

Sri Lanka Ambassador resident in Sweden Ranjith Jayasooriya who is also accredited as Ambassador to Demark, presented his credentials yesterday to the Queen of Denmark at the Queen's Royal Castle of Fredensborg, north of Copenhagen. Ambassador Jayasooriya was warmly welcomed to Denmark by the Queen. The Queen recalled the good and warm relationship between Sri Lanka and Denmark for a long period of time. In the meeting with the Queen, Ambassador Jayasooriya explained the present political situation in Sri Lanka. He thanked the Government of Denmark for its massive development assistance given to Sri Lanka. He especially thanked the Queen for the assistance given after the tsunami and said that the Sri Lankan Government is giving top most priority to protect the environment and hope for more assistance from Denmark to develop renewable energy by transferring technology and financial aid.

Closing Guantanamo will Restore U.S. Global Leadership on Human Rights

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

"By announcing his intention to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay and bring to justice suspected terrorists held there, President-elect Obama would send an important message that the United States will again be a global leader on human rights", Elisa Massimino, Executive Director of Human Rights First, responded to reports that President-elect Obama has begun to craft plans to close the Guantanamo prison.

Mankulam falls – another humiliating blow for Prabakaran

Sri Lankan troops recaptured today Mankulam after nearly 9 years, back from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. It was on the 5th November 1999 LTTE took control of Mankulam, a stratergic town located on the A 9 Road nearly 45 kilometers North of Vavuniya. Sources told Asian Tribune that following hours of heavy fighting with LTTE Mankulaqm fell in the hands of Sri Lankan troops today around 2p.m. It is reported LTTE carders are on the run, but number of them were killed and many captured.

Mankulam Sieged

Latest reports revealed that Mankulam located in the A 9 road has been surrounded by Task Force 3 and sieged. According to Army sources it is learnt that Mankulam will fall in the hands of Sri Lanka Army at any time. Troops are moving from Vannivilankulam located 3 miles away from Mankulam located on the Mankulam – Vavunikulam – Thunukkai Road and also the troops have cutoff the a stretch of Mankulam – Odduchuddan – Mullaitivu road yesterday to prevent Tiger reinforcement arriving to strengthen Tiger cadres trapped in Mankulam.

Danish Government asked not to mix up GSP + as a punitive measure with Human Rights issues

Ranjith Jayasooriya with Mogens LykketoftAmbassador Ranjith Jayasooriya requested the Former Danish Foreign Minister, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, MP, Social Democrats, not to use the Preferential Trading Mechanism as a punitive mesure to block the extention of the GSP Plus EU Agreement mixing with Human Rights issues. The Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, MP has recently asked the present Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Per Stig Moller about the Danish position in regard of the Sri Lankan conflict, asking if the Danish Government, alone or in co-operation with the Nordic countries or EU, intended to make pressure on the Sri Lankan Government to stop the war and to prevent the violation on the human rights. The present Minister of Foreign affairs has in his answer made it clear, that the Danish Government is ready to exert pressure on the EU and if needed to take up the GSP Plus negotiation in this regard to put pressure on the Sri Lankan Government.

Bangladesh Election: To be or Not to be -----

Asian Tribune Report from Dhaka

One of the two main political parties in Bangladesh has criticised the interim government's preparations for next month's parliamentary vote, saying it would only take part in the poll if conditions improved. "In fact the government has not implemented any of our proposals so far. So it is not possible for the BNP-led alliance to go to the polls," he told reporters after meeting with BNP leader Khaleda Zia at her party office. But BNP secretary-general did not say if the BNP had decided to boycott the election. Government officials said they remained fully committed to hold the election on December 18, and hoped all parties would take part.

Three years of Presidency and what made him the President

By Raja Arambewela for Asian Tribune

Mahinda and Alavi"Honesty, Integrity, Perseverance, Fearlessness and not indulging in petty partisan community politics were the greatest qualities that were the force in him that drove him to the zenith of his political carrier" said Mr. Alavi Moulana, the Governor of the Central Province and a very close associate of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse, of the President. Mr. Moulana said this without any hesitation in reply to a question posed by the "Asian Tribune" interviewing him on the eve of the 3rd anniversary of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse becoming the President of Sri Lanka. The "Asian Tribune" decided to interview Mr. Alavi Maulana as he has been a very close associate of Mr. Rajapakse since Mr. Rajapakse’s advent to politics. Mr. Moulana spoke very freely and frankly showing that he was and is a great believer of Mr. Rajapakse and his abilities.

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