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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2614


Special UN envoy to probe LTTE's child recruitments

Ms. CoomaraswamyWarning that the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are continuing to recruit and use child soldiers in Sri Lanka and highlighting allegations of grave violations against children by all parties in the conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, United Nations Special Representative for Children affected by armed conflict said today that she was appointing a Special Adviser to undertake a fact-finding mission to the island.

Sri Lanka regrets inaction of U.S. and West to take stringent actions Against LTTE front organizations

GoonetillekeDaya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the United States Bernard Goonetilleke, in a major policy statement, on behalf of his government, to an influential policy studies institute here in Washington, told the international community loud and clear that their vacillation in dealing with terrorism have the effect of feeding terrorism. Terrorism, Ambassador Goonetilleke had in mind, been that of the Tamil Tiger (LTTE) terrorism in his South Asian nation of Sri Lanka.

Anton ("incredibly stupid") Balasingham's apology to India backfires and LTTE blocks phone calls to his house

BalasinghamLeft without any allies abroad LTTE's latest attempt to win back India with a confession and an apology offered by Anton Balasingham for killing Rajiv Gandhi has met with hostile reaction from India. Faced with a blunt Indian rejection LTTE media and its spokespersons have shifted into reverse gear hoping to control the damage caused by the apology tendered by Anton Balasingham who told NDTV (New Delhi Television Ltd) - one of India's leading TV stations - that the killing of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 at Sriperampudhur was a "monumental tragedy for which we regret."

No takers in India as yet for LTTE confession cum olive branch

By M Rama Rao reporting from New Delhi for Asian Tribune

Even a day after the LTTE came out with stunning confessional cum olive branch, there is skepticism here in New Delhi and in Chennai, the headquarters of India's Dravidian parties, who are known for their sympathetic leaning towards the fellow ethnic Tamils in Sri Lanka across the Palk Straits. Justice Milap Chand Jain, who had inquired the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, has however termed the Anton Balasingham's apology as 'meaningless'. He said if any one should confess to the crime, it is Velupillai Pirabhakaran. "This regret should have come from Pirabhakaran mouth, why from Balasingham," the retired judge who constituted the one man probe body said. He reiterated what he had said in his report - Indian government should also probe any international conspiracy behind the assassination.

The Hasina visit and Bangladeshi elections

By P R Kumaraswamy - Exclusive to Asian Tribune

‘Political pilgrimage!’ That is how a functionary of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) described the recent visit of former Prime Minister and leader of opposition Sheikh Hasina to India. He was also playing with Hasina’s visit to the shrine of Sufi Saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddhin Chishti at Ajmer, the other purpose of her visit. If one were to take the claims of the Awami League seriously, Hasina came India primarily to receive ‘the prestigious’ Mother Teresa award conferred upon her by a little-known NGO based in Kolkata.

Sri Lanka's main opposition demands 'concrete peace plan' from Government

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Sri Lanka's main Opposition, United National Party (UNP) has declared that they will support the Government only if it devices a 'concrete and acceptable peace plan' to solve the two decade long ethnic conflict. Senior member of the Party S.B. Dissanayake has emphasized that the UNP cannot back the Government with regard to the peace process without knowing the Government's peace criteria.

Indian and Russian to enhance cooperation in oil sector

By Oken Jeet Sandham

India and Russia today emphasized the need for further enhancing cooperation in the oil and gas sector between the two countries. In a meeting between the visiting Deputy Chairman of Russian Federation, Mr. Alexander Zhukov and Murli Deora, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, here today, the two sides agreed to take forward the cordial and fruitful relations in general and in hydrocarbon sector in particular.

If war breaks out again no country on earth will bail out Sri Lanka

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Senior Tamil politician and General Secretary of the Akhila Ilankai Tamil United Front (AITUF) K. Vigneswaran, has emphasized that in the event another war breaks out, no country on earth is going to bail out Sri Lanka. "That is the reality. And, if a war does break out, it is the civilians who would bear the brunt of it," he declared recently. Delivering a speech at the 17th death anniversary ceremony of Dr. Colvin R. de Silva conducted by the Lanka Sama Samaja Party, the former Tamil Parliamentarian and ex-advisor to Eelam peoples Democratic Party leader Douglas Devananda advised the political leadership of this country to adopt a different approach in dealing with the ethnic conflict.

Karuna Group and UNICEF agree to check facts before issuing statements

At a joint meeting of UNICEF representatives and the Political Division of TamilEela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (TMVP) both parties agreed to consult each other to verify allegations before making any statements to the public in future. TMVP delegation under Pratheepan, the Head of the Meenakam office, and the UNICEF delegation led by Christina Amparai district residential head met on Monday at Meenakam, TMVP’s Political Headquarters located at Govindan Road, Batticoloa to discuss and clarify issues about the alleged abduction of under-aged children by the TMVP.

Five sailors, twelve sea Tigers killed in a sea clash off Kalpitiya

By Our Colombo Correspondent.

Five sailors and twelve sea Tigers were killed in a sea clash off Kalpitiya in the North Western waters yesterday. Navy said five sailors who were aboard a damaged an Inshore Patrol Craft were killed in the confrontation. Three sailors were injured in the confrontation. Navy spokesman Commander K Dasanayake said twelve sea Tigers were believed to have been killed in the confrontation.

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