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US want fast enactment of law against terror finance

A visiting US high official yesterday urged the government to frame and enact an effective anti-money laundering law and take steps to curb financial crimes as part of the Bush administration's global drive against militancy. Patrick M O'Brien, assistant secretary for terrorist financing at the US Treasury Department, recommended the actions at a number of meetings with the central bank governor and high officials of home and foreign ministries during his two-day official visit here from Wednesday.

South Seeks Authority to Decide on Next U.N. Chief

By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service

The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia -- have traditionally exercised, or threatened to exercise, their veto powers to assert their authority in ultimately deciding who should be the secretary-general of the United Nations, come election time. The 15-member Security Council, which also includes 10 rotating non-permanent members playing a marginal role, recommends one candidate, and the 191-member General Assembly meekly rubber stamps the decision.

Some myths & realities of Sri Lanka’s conflict

By Dayan Jayatilleka

Sri Lanka has not had as extensive media coverage and so thick a stream of important visitors as it has in recent months and weeks. One hopes all parties concerned noted Mr. Donald Camp's remarks. The word from Washington was twofold. Mr Camp was unambiguously condemnatory of the LTTE, making a major conceptual distinction between Colombo and Kilinochchi, and emphasising that there was no comparison between an elected democratic Govt and the Tigers, which he defined ( in his TV interview in Colombo) as “a terrorist organisation of the first order”. He was also critical of recent killings of Tamil civilians; he also said that a democratic state must be accountable, with no impunity, no immunity. The perpetrators of the killings of Tamil civilians must be prosecuted.

LTTE light aircraft seen in the air- Military intelligence.

By Our Colombo Correspondent

A light aircraft of the LTTE was in the air in Iranamadu last evening, military intelligence has been informed. "There are sources confirming that a light aircraft had been seen over Wanni for 30 minutes," an intelligence source told the Asian Tribune. However the radars of the Air Force had not intercepted the aircraft, according to military sources, Security Forces have been put on high alert to react to any illegal flights since the incident.

EU likely to ban LTTE by Friday

Strong American pressure has finally pushed the European Union - one of the four Co-chairs - to ban the Tigers sooner than later, according to diplomats in Brussels. The anouncement is likely to be made by Friday (Today). Diplomatic moves were intensified after the naval attack by the LTTE on the Sri Lankan navy off the coast of Jaffna, The LTTE suicide-bombers threat to attack the Pearl Cruiser ferrying 700 unarmed soldiers, with a Truce Monitor on board, has shocked and disappointed even the Nordic mission monitoring the Ceasefire Agreement.

Sri Lankan President cautiones staff against going to five star hotels

By Munza Mushtaq -- Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

In what appeared to be a bizarre request, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has requested his staff to limit the number of visits they make to five star hotels in Colombo to have their meals. The Asian Tribune reliably learns that the request was made after the President received information that several of his staff working for him had gone to a popular five star hotel in Colombo to enjoy lavish Chinese meal for a striking sum.

Two LTTE child combatants surrendered to Army

By Our Colombo Correspondent

Two child soldiers of the Tiger guerrillas have surrendered to a military roadblock in Trincomalee in the island’s volatile East, the security forces said. "Two child combatants of the LTTE surrendered to army road block in Mahindapura seeking our protection at 4.45 pm today,"” a military officer in the field told the Asian Tribune. The Mahindapura roadblock in located in Serunuwara, bordering LTTE control areas in the east.

US State Department’s Don Camp and Ambassador Lunstead advocate Opposing views on military solution to Sri Lanka crisis

By Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

If the current conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) escalates into a full-scale military conflict, the United States, a Co-Chair of the Tokyo Donors and the principal player of this Indian Ocean island nation’s crisis, is not in one voice as to what action it should take.

Bangladesh to Frame Sedition Charge against Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

By Dr. Richard L. Benkin

In an after hours telephone call, Bangladesh Home Minister Lutfuzzamen informed Bangladesh journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury that the government will frame the sedition charge against him at his May 23 trial. Framing the charge is the first step in proceeding to try Choudhury for sedition, a capital offense.

Sri Lanka’s election watchdog criticize substitution of candidates in the Local Government elections

A section of the Sri Lankan voters are to elect tomorrow 332 representatives out of 2,891 candidates for Local Government institutions of 4 Municipal Councils, 4 Urban Councils, and 14 Pradeshiya Sabhas in nine Districts tomorrow.

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