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International community could do more to tame the Tigers – Mahinda Rajapakse

While welcoming the action of the international community in condemning the LTTE terrorists President Mahinda Rajapakse wrote in the Wall Street Journal of today that “words alone are not enough.” He said: “Foreign governments could do more to crackdown on the Tamil Tigers’ illegal purchase of weapons from places such as Afghanistan and East European and Central Asian republics, as well as their arms-smuggling operations through Thailand. They could also condemn more strongly the Tamil Tigers’ repeated massacres of innocent villagers. The enforcement of proposals already before the U.N. Security Council for sanctions against organizations such as the Tamil Tigers, that force children to carry arms, would be a good first step.”

EU blames LTTE for not heeding its earlier warnings

The official declaration by the Presidency of the European Union listing the LTTE as a terrorist organization has lashed out specifically at the LTTE saying that it did not heed several warnings issued earlier. Putting the blame entirely on the LTTE for the banning, the press release of the Council of the European Union released today (May 31, 2006) says: “The decision of the EU to list the LTTE should come as a surprise to nobody. Several warnings have already been provided to the LTTE, which the LTTE has systematically ignored. In its statement of 27 September 2005 (12669/1/05) the EU stated that “it was actively considering the formal listing of LTTE as a terrorist organisation.

Citizens’ Committee restores normalcy in Kayts

In the other battle to win the hearts and minds of the people the Sri Lanka Navy has set up a Citizens’ Committee in the island of Kayts – a recent flashpoint where civilians were killed and where the LTTE cadres were targeting the Sri Lankan Navy troops and forcing the Tamil population to vacate island. The Peace Secretariat in Colombo said that the first meeting held on May 26 was attended by over 750 citizens of Kayts, Pungudathive and Mandathive. Senior citizens, religious leaders, government officials, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) and UNHCR officials chaired the meeting.

Pak, India renew commitment to fight terrorism in all forms, manifestations

BY Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai - Reporting from Islamabad

Pakistan and India have reiterated their commitment to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and emphasized the need for effective steps for the complete elimination of this menace. This was stated by Pakistani Interior Secretary Syed Kamal Shah and his Indian counterpart V.K. Duggal at a joint news briefing after their two days talks on cooperation to combat terrorism, drug and human trafficking under the composite dialogue here Wednesday.

Government and LTTE Peace Secretariats still silent on SLMM's sea monitoring proposal

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) has still not received any reaction by either the Government Peace Secretariat or the LTTE Peace Secretariat with regard to their proposal, which laid down several conditions if the Mission was to resume its naval monitoring again. The SLMM suspended its sea monitoring activities following an LTTE attempt to attack a troop carrier 'pearl cruiser' early this month, during which two Dvoras were put out of action along with several tiger crafts.

British Foreign Secretary condemns continued detention of Aung San Suu Kyi

British Foreign Secretary, Margaret Beckett MP, has condemned the Burmese Government's decision to extend the house arrest of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. In a statement to the media she said, “I was appalled to learn of the Burmese Government's decision to extend the unjustified detention of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. It is unacceptable that the Government of Burma has failed to respond to recent calls from the UN Secretary-General, from the EU and from others in the international community for Aung San Suu Kyi to be released.”

Muttur Muslims defy LTTE

By our Colombo Correspondent

The Muslim community in Muttur defied the LTTE by disregarding the death threats issued by the militants. Tamil Tigers have distributed leaflets in Muttur area demanding the Muslim community to vacate the area within 72 hours of the notice which was issued on May 28. Government officials and the military said that the Muslims leaders in the area organized a rally yesterday to urge the people not to succumb to the LTTE threat. Hence the LTTE demand was completely ignored by the Muslims in the area who continued to live their normal life.

Sri Lanka’s Minister urges Japanese investors to reap the benefits of FTA’s with India and Pakistan by investing in Sri Lank

Sunil C. Perera reporting from Colombo

Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion Rohitha Bogollagama invited the Japanese investor community to invest in Sri Lanka and reap the benefits under the FTA’S Sri Lanka has entered in to with India and Pakistan.

Murder of 12 Sinhalese in the East incites fresh fears in the minds of vulnerable Muslims

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

The killing of 12 Sinhalese civilians in the East has incited fresh fears in the minds of Muslim civilians in Muttur who have been asked to leave their villages, in what appeared to be yet another round of ethnic cleansing instigated by the LTTE.

ETI – Leasing Comes to Kurunegala

By Quintus Perera - Asian Tribune

ETI Leasing has opened its latest branch at No.199/1, Colombo road, Kurunegala recently, to cater to the needs of the important agricultural community in the area. The opening ceremony was attended by the Directors of the groups with Mrs Soma Edirisinghe appearing as the chief Guest along with Mr Nalaka Edirisinghe.

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