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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 723


Frost in India-Russia relations..

By Tukoji R. Pandit - Syndicate Features
The recent touch-and-go visit of the Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh to Moscow provided an occasion to foreign policy watchers to examine the current state of relations between India and Russia. A diagnosis offered by many was that the health of this bilateral relationship is on the decline. The Prime Minister does not share this perception. Nor the charge that his government is hurtling at supersonic speed into the American lap? ‘Ours (India- Russia) is a strategic partnership that has stood the test of time,’ he said on his return his 28-hour Moscow sojourn. There are many shared perceptions on matters of mutual interest. A seemingly intractable issue of the utilisation of Rs 8000 crore rupee debt fund has been resolved; the two countries will work on a multi-role transport aircraft after sharing equally the $600 million cost and also work on a fifth generation fighter plane.

JVP to response to Government invitation for talks on the Budget 2008

“Our aim is to take the country forward. We are not going for any personal benefits” said Somawansa Amerasinghe. Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna leader when talking to Asian Tribune said that the country is facing so many challenges and the Budget 2008, has to be a document that could redeem the country from the economic downturn. Somawansa Amerasinghe said that JVP had already received a letter from the Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga on November 16th, fixing November 17th evening and November 19th morning as two possible dates and time for meeting with President Mahinda Rajapakse and his government delegation.

What Motivated Sri Lanka to Establish Diplomatic Relations with Undemocratic/Rights Violating Eritrea

Daya Gamage – US Bureau Asian Tribune – A Commentary

In a July (2007) report by the United Nations Monitoring Group on Somalia, Eritrean government was blamed as a major weapons supplier to the ousted Islamic Courts Union in Somalia against Somalia’s nascent government well supported by Ethiopia and the United States. Eritrea has been fingered as a source of arms for these insurgents in Somalia. The U.N. report says the Islamist insurgents in Somalia have enough surface-to-air missiles, suicide vests and explosives to sustain their war against the internationally backed Somali government, largely due to secret shipments from Eritrea.

TRO: Canada, Australia urged to follow the U.S.

Sri Lanka's Foreign Affairs Minister Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday called upon the international community to speedily follow the precedent set by the United States in freezing the TRO's assets in that country. He made this appeal particularly to Australia, Canada, Denmark, France and the UK. As Sri Lanka had repeatedly emphasized, the continuing ability of the LTTE's numerous front organizations to pose off as charities had undermined the ban imposed on the Tigers by India, USA, the UK, EU member states and Canada, the Minister noted.

Democratic Party Chairman Acknowledges Asian-American Influence Electing Next President of the United States

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Howard Dean declared here, the venue of the Democratic Party presidential contenders debate, that the strong Asian American population will inevitably play an important role, especially in the State of Nevada, not only in electing America’s next Democratic President but also in that candidate’s nomination. Both Democratic and Republican Parties are currently in the primary stage of canvassing their respective party registered voters at Caucasus and primary elections to select their party candidates for the November 2008 presidential elections in the United States.

The Boston Globe - In favor of Tigers

By Rohan Gajadeera

"The Boston Globe's" editorial on 14 November under the heading "Violence drags on in Sri Lanka" is indeed a well-done comment on behalf of the tigers. As one should not be much worried about the stance "The Boston Globe" has taken regarding the issue in Sri Lanka, it is important to state that, Boston is a place where pro tiger Tamil Diaspora is gathered to a higher degree. In this backdrop, one cannot expect anything positive to come out explaining the true causes for the present conflict and the effort that Sri Lanka is taking with the help of few global leaders and some Asian leaders in order to find solutions.

US action against TRO hope to spur other countries to curb LTTE fronts activities

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama speaking in parliament welcomed the speedy investigation carried out and action taken yesterday against the TRO operations by the US Government. He said in doing so the US Government becomes the first foreign government to have taken tangible action against an LTTE front organization abroad. Noting that contrary to its pretensions of being engaged in rehabilitation, the US designation was based on evidence “the TRO, a charitable organization that acts as a front to facilitate fundraising and procurement of weapons for the LTTE, he said the effect of this decision is that “it freezes any assets the TRO may have under U.S. jurisdiction and bans Americans from engaging in transactions with it”.

United Nations Security Council Issues Statement on Burma

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

The members of the Security Council welcome the recent positive developments in Myanmar, including the release of some detainees, the contacts between Minister Aung Kyi as liaison officer and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and the decision to allow Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to meet with key members of her National League for Democracy Party, says a statement issued by the United Nations Security Council.

JVP urges government to come up with positive economic measures to safeguard the country

Somawansa AmerasingheJanatha Vimukthi Perumuna, the second biggest opposition party in Sri Lanka has indicated its willingness to support the government to defeat terrorism in the country, but said that they are not in a position to support the government’s budget - 2008. The government must have a solution for the people and not take steps to please the terrorists, said Somawansa Amerasinghe, Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Perumuna (JVP), When speaking to Asian Tribune, Somawansa Amerasinghe said, “At present, the government must say what it is going to do for the people. We need to see their future plan of actions. They can make a statement explaining their proposals and unfortunately, they have so far not made such a proposal and it is their turn to respond positively.

Anandasangaree appeals to shun violence and to promote tolerance

V.Anandasangaree, scorned the comparison of V. Prabakaran with Late S.J.V.Chelvanayakam. He said that the great Tamil Leader committed to non-violence, should not be compared with a Leader of the most ruthless organization in the world. In a statement, Anandasangaree, President of the Tamil United Liberation Front pointed out with disdain that a politician had compared a leader of the same Terrorist outfit with the late Chelvanayagam who is affectionately called as Eelathu Gandhi and much loved by the Tamil people, because of his tolerance and non-violence that prompted the people to call him Gandhi of Lanka.

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