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Sri Lankan government “dismayed” by the “distinct” LTTE bias of the truce monitors

By our Colombo Correspondent

Sri Lankan government today contradicted a report released by the Scandinavian truce monitors and said it was dismayed by the “distinct bias” towards the Tamil Tigers displayed by the chief ceasefire monitor. "GOSL is dismayed by the attempt by the Head of the SLMM through the said report to cast aspersions on the conduct of the GOSL,” the government said in a media statement referring to the truce monitors expressed lethargy at ruling against the assassination attempt on the army commander, Gen Sarath Fonseka, at the same time blaming the government for not fulfilling its commitment made at the first round of Geneva talks."

Norway admits failure in Oslo

The official press releases on the failed Oslo talks between the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) and the LTTE convey the clear message that Norway has lost its grip on the Sri Lankan peace process. Norway’s frustration is expressed in its press release which says: “After having accepted the Norwegian invitation, and after having arrived in Norway, the LTTE raised objections to the previously communicate intentions and modalities for the meeting. This was the reason for the meeting not being held.” This is also an admission of Norway’s failure as a “facilitator”. After giving the LTTE diplomatic cover, after giving financial and technical facilities, after giving a full licence for the LTTE agents to operate freely on Norwegian soil to terrorise Tamils in rival parties, after providing a safe haven in Europe for LTTE agents to raise funds and make Norway the conduit for laundering money collected in Europe and after adopting the LTTE as its protected protégé LTTE has turned round and kicked Norway in the teeth.

Lanka IOC operations runs to a standstill

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Financial Correspondent

Fuel retailer Lanka IOC Ltd. (Lanka Indian Oil Company Ltd.) filling stations began running out of petrol yesterday, with the Government delaying the subsidy payments. The government absorbing the shock of increasing oil prices to keep the cost of living down, went on subsidising petrol, diesel and kerosene oil. With this subsidising the total dues to Lanka IOC Ltd. (LIOC) has gone up to Rs. 7.67 billion as of April this year. Denying possibilities of winding-up of its operations in Sri Lanka predicted by observers, LIOC Managing Director R. Ramakrishna told “Asian Tribune” that the company will be looking at a diplomatic settlement soon.

New War of Words in U.N.'s North-South Battle

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The growing North-South battle between the politically powerful nations in the industrial world and the economically weak countries in the developing world is threatening to escalate in a new war of words.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who has remained supportive of his deputy Mark Malloch Brown for his critical remarks about the United States and Western powers, told reporters Thursday that the United Nations is suffering from a shortage of democracy in its own backyard.

"I myself have had the chance to say that the U.N., in terms of power structure, is too narrowly based, where most member states believe that five countries call the shots," he said referring to the five veto-wielding, permanent members of the Security Council: the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia.

Norway blames LTTE for the failure of talks in Oslo

Blocked by the intransigence of the LTTE Norway has blamed the Tiger delegation for obstructing the meeting of both parties scheduled to be held in Oslo. The Sri Lanka Government delegation led by Palitha Kohona and the LTTE delegation led by S. P. Thamilchelvan went to Oslo to meet and thrash out differences on the escalating violence and the role of the Truce Monitors. But from the time the LTTE delegation arrived they raised objections and went back on the agreed intentions and the modalities for the meeting.

Restriction of NGOs Worldwide Democracy Promotion Condemned

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

The World Movement for Democracy, a global network of democracy activists, practitioners, scholars, and others engaged in the advancement of democracy worldwide, headquartered here in Washington, urges the UN Democracy Caucus, scheduled to meet in New York in September 2006, to adopt a resolution condemning several nations’ attempt to restrict the democracy promotion efforts of nongovernmental organizations. The UN Democracy Caucus is also known as the Community of Democracies to which ministerial representatives are sent for the September summit.

Tiger Soosai outlines the strategy of his Leader’s war plans

After returning the stretched arm Nazi-style salute at the passing out parade of People’s Army cadre Col. Soosai, the Special Commander of the Sea Tigers, announced the next stage of the coming war. He said: “It will be a blitzkrieg, a sudden and swift simultaneous attack to redeem our entire Tamil homeland in the North and East. We would not adopt the earlier method of fighting to redeem it inch by inch.”He was addressing the passing out parade of the Peoples’ Army’s defence training held at Puthukudiyiruppu in the Mullaithievu district last Sunday. His brother-in-law Colonel T.Ramesh, was beside him.

Sri Lanka: RADA and CHA to expedite tsunami livelihood restoration

Sunil C. Perera, Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 09 June, (Asiantribune.com): The Livelihood Division of the Reconstruction and Development Agency (RADA) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) to work together in a structured manner to achieve a series of objectives in regard to the restoration of livelihoods in the tsunami affected districts.
Chief Operating Officer of RADA, Saliya Wickramasuriya and Executive Director, CHA, Jeevan Thiagarajah,signed the MoU ceremoniously at the Sri Lanka Institute of International Relations (SLIIR).

Death of Abu Musab A Zaqawi – The most wanted Terrorist

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq who waged a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and beheadings of hostages, has been killed in a precision airstrike, U.S. and Iraqi officials said Thursday. It was a long-sought victory in the war in Iraq. In London this morning Margaret Beckett, the British Foreign Secretary leaving Cabinet commented on the death of Abu Musab Al Zarqawi:'I think the thing that is really important is that one of the most damaging and undermining things of recent weeks and months has been the inter-community conflict in Iraq and Zarqawi does seem to have been a prime mover and encourager of that conflict. And so if he's been taken out of the equation that should be helpful to the Iraqi people as well as to the Iraqi government. And I certainly hope it will be'.

Tigers refuse to talk to Government delegation in Oslo: Govt delegation told to return to Colombo, if no talks by the evening

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 08 June, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lankan government has instructed its peace delegation to return to Colombo if the Tigers do not attend the meeting by the evening. The Government’s Defence Affairs spokesman said. The Tigers have declined to sit with the government delegation demanding a ministerial presence in the delegation.

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