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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2554


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, ( 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, ( 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.

15 LTTE cadres believed to be killed in a Karuna’s attack

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Fifteen Tiger guerrillas are killed in an attack believed to be carried out by the cadres loyal to former LTTE Eastern commander Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias Karuna on three LTTE bunkers in Periyapalam, South of Trincomalee, intelligence sources said. Three LTTE observation points in uncleared area had come under the attack by the Karuna group at 1.30 am today.

India to give Rs 100 crore to Nepal for its reconstruction

By M Rama Rao - Reporting from New Delhi

Marking the visit of Prime Minister G P Koirala to New Delhi, India has decided to give Rs. 100 crores to Nepal as budgetary support for its economic reconstruction and political stabilization. India will also provide long term funding for various infrastructural and developmental projects particularly in roads and power sectors. Officially however there is no word as yet on India resuming military aid which was suspended after King Gyanendra staged his palace coup. But indications are that India will clear the decks for 'non-lethal defence' supplies. This is also what Nepal wants.

Senior Sri Lankan Minister explodes against Muslim Congress Leader

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Senior Muslim Minister A.H.M. Fowzie who has expressed his outright opposition against plans by the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to join the Government has lashed out against the SLMC and its leader Rauff Hakeem calling them 'bankrupt' and 'in desperate need of power'.Fowzie, a senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party stalwart and holding four Ministerial portfolios including Transport and Petroleum charged that Hakeem had always had a knack for jumping from one party to another which ever was in power.

MMA Chief to stay away from polls under Musharraf’s supervision

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

Chief of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal MMA, an alliance of six mainstream political religious parties, Qazi Hussain Ahmad has said that he would not be participating in the next elections, if held under the supervision of President General Pervez Musharraf.Talking to newsmen on the occasion of his party central executive committee meeting at Mansoora, headquarters of the party in Lahore, Qazi clarified that it was his personal decision and, at this time around, he couldn’t say what would be the decision of the Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Executive Committee or Majlis-e-Shoora.

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