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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1527

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Sri Lanka gain membership in the World Peace Council

Sri Lanka has been admitted as a member of the World Peace Council. This organization has its head office in Greece and has more than 160 countries as its members. It is one of the biggest progressive organizations in the world. It represents world peace and opposes oppression, environmental pollution and destruction, separatism, communalism and forced intervention in countries.

World Tamil Movement under Liberal Party rule, an integral part of LTTE – Canadian Police

By Walter Jayawardhana

World Tamil Movement was so powerful and influential in Canada that even it helped host Canadian Federal Finance Minister Paul Martin and International Cooperation Minister Maria Minna both of the Liberal Party to a dinner to raise funds, on 6 May2000. No doubt during Canada’s liberal rule, the organization had smoother sailing. Royal Canadian Mounted Police in affidavits it filed in courts after nine years have said that the World Tamil Movement is not only linked to the Sri Lankan terrorist group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam but in essence it is an integral part of the movement.

World Bank fund to improve the ageing dam network in Sri Lanka

World Bank has granted US $ 65.33 million for a project to improve dam safety and operational efficiency of the ageing dam network in Sri Lanka. According to a World Bank release Sri Lanka depends on 350 medium and large dams to serve the critical energy, human and environmental needs of the country. The wide irrigation and water resources systems set up centuries ago have contributed significantly to the country’s economic growth and sustained human settlements, particularly in rural areas. In addition they provide flood control in the river basins. However, these dams are ageing, which makes dam safety a critical issue.

Government mediates to reconstruct the Thalladi St. Sebastian Catholic Church

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

The government has come forward to mediate in the reconstruction of the Thalladi church in Mannar, which was destroyed by LTTE’s the artillery attack. On 12 February, highly venerated St. Sebastian Catholic Church located in Thallady in Mannar was destroyed by a barrage of artillery fire by the LTTE. After the incident, the Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said “The LTTE fired 15 rounds of 130 mm artillery towards the Church premise around 9 a.m. on 12 February, causing heavy damage to the Church."

Weerawansa and his fellow MPs will act as a separate group in the parliament

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Dissident MPs of the JVP plan to act in the parliament as a separate group. A spokesman of the Weerawansa faction said Mr.Wimal Weerawansa would take over the leadership of this group. Commenting yesterday’s hard decisions of the JVP at the fifth convention held in Colombo he said JVP’s decisions are not important and it is not unnatural thing for Weerawansa or his fellow MPs. However Weerwansa lost two key posts of the JVP as Propaganda Secretary and the Parliament Group Leadership.

LTTE made 21 brutal attacks targeting civilians

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Army spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said at the media briefing the terrorists have attacked 21 brutal attacks for the last five months targeting civilians. 149 civilians have died in these attacks and 500 were injured. The security forces have successfully in liberating 600 square kilometers of land in Vavuniya from terrorists. Five major locations of the terrorists were attacked by the air force in the past week. The operation was carried out by the 57 battalion.

Aung San Suu Kyi - Burma’s independent leader’s House arrest extended

By Leel Pathirana

Aung San Suu KyiDespite the heavy devastation caused by the recent Cyclone Nargis, which hit the country from top to bottom and left 134,000 people dead or missing, Myanmar's Military junta leaders yesterday extended yet by another year, the house arrest of the opposition leader, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. This act was condemned by the Western nations who promised millions of dollars in aid after people killed by the cyclone. Officials of the junta drove to Suu Kyi’s lakeside house in Yangon and read the one year extension of the house arrest, despite the strong resistance by her supporters who gathered outside her compound. However, a Yangon-based diplomat said the extension of the house arrest was for a year. Normally House arrest extension used to be renewed annually.

Minister charges that the UNP is rejoicing over fuel hike

Sunil C. Perera and Chithralal Jayasinghe

Minister YapaMinister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa observes that the UNP is rejoicing on the suffering of the people caused by rising petroleum prices. At a recent media briefing UNP parliamentarian Thalatha Athukorala said the cause of rising fuel prices is the lack of proper economic management by the government. She had also charged that the government is increasing prices of goods without any compassion for the people. Issuing a statement today Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa informs the MP that the government cannot control international petroleum prices.

Negotiations with Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers: US Ambassador Blake Writes One Thing and Says Another

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert Blake categorically expressed in an interview given to Sri Lanka’s Sunday Observer on May 25 that the U.S. does not advocate Sri Lanka to enter into negotiations with separatist Tamil Tigers (LTTE). But the official report about his Mission’s role in promoting democracy in Sri Lanka as part of the overall State Department report on Advancing Freedom and Democracy, which was sent under his own signature to Washington, released Tuesday May 27 says that “U.S. government efforts to promote human rights and democracy focus on working with partners to broker a lasting peace agreement between the government and the LTTE.”

Sangaree condemns killing of innocent civilians

The claymore mine attack at Murugandy in Kilinochchi on Friday 23 May and the bomb blast in a crowded train on Monday 26 May are both condemnable. On the last Friday, in the Claymore mine blast, 16 innocent men, women and children were killed and also left 3 seriously injured. Again in the Dehiwela station bomb blast of Monday it left 9 killed, 73 injured. V. Anandasangaree, President – TULF, says in a statement released to the press that he strongly condemns both these atrocious acts.

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