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Tamil refugees upbeat, eager to go home
Chennai Jan. 11: "The mood is upbeat among Sri Lankan refugees in various Tamil Nadu camps and they are all eager to return home'', the Union Minister of State for Home, CH. Vidyasagar Rao, said here today. The Minister, who visited some of the camps, said the on-going peace talks between the Sri...
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Norwegian PM parries Ambassador Westborg controversy
Sunday Times: Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Bondevik has sent a short one-page response to President Chandrika Kumaratunga's complaint on the recent conduct of Oslo's Ambassador in Sri Lanka in the recent controversy over the import of equipment for the LTTE radio station Voice of Tigers (VoT), w...
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PM:Thailand is a safe haven
Bangkok, Jan. 12, (TNA): Thailand's success in hosting the 20th World Scout Conference and in organizing New Year celebrations recently, in which a large number of people gathered in certain places, shows that Thailand is a safe haven for international tourists, according to Prime Minister Thaksin...
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There's a Burmese army camp on Thai soil
I read often in the Thai media about the government's firm stance on protecting territorial sovereignty. So can anyone tell me why there is a Burmese military base operating inside Thailand at Mei Pee Ya, near Baw Klung Hot Springs, Suan Phung, in Ratchaburi province? The Thai 9th Infantry Division...
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Envoy: Japan committed to playing economic role in Sri Lanka peace
By Grant Peck, Associated Press Writer Bangkok, Thailand, (AP) Jan. 12: Japan, the biggest aid donor to Sri Lanka, is committed to playing a major political and economic role in bringing peace to that country, ravaged by nearly 20 years of civil war, a senior Japanese envoy said Sunday. "Sri Lank...
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UN inspectors: No smoking gun regarding Iraqi weapons
The top United Nations weapons inspectors yesterday said there were still many unanswered questions in Iraq's arms declaration although investigations on the ground so far have not uncovered any "smoking guns." Speaking to reporters after briefing the Security Council, Hans Blix, Executive Chairman...
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Constructive Role For Opposition And Civil Society Needed.
Colombo, Jan. 11: National Peace Council of Sri Lanka appeals for a more inclusive peace process in which parties in the opposition toocan be constructive participants. National Peace Council of Sri Lanka in a statement issued after the conclusion of the fourth session of peace talks in Nakhom Pa...
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Unemployment likely to reach 1 million this year: TFRC
Bangkok, Jan 10 (TNA): The number of jobless is likely to reach one million this year, which could impede the country’s economic growth, according to Thai Farmers Research Center. The leading think tank said five sectors in which there are a large number of unemployed include agriculture, manufact...
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Lankan politics endanger peace talks
By -Supalak Ganjanakhundee Bangkok, Jan 11: Peace negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are being jeopardised by the rift within the Colombo administration, the Norwegian deputy foreign minister brokering the talks said yesterday. Vida...
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Early aid: The Foreign Ministry hopes to establish peace in Sri Lanka_and protect its ODA program.
Colombo: Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi views a mine-infested field near the site of bloody clashes between rebels and government forces. Servicemen in fatigues surround Kawaguchi in what was once a strategic target of a feared rebel group. An estimated 600,000 land mines remain littered in the...
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Tibetans to propagate cause at Kalchakra festival
By Imran Khan, Indo-Asian News Service Patna, Jan 11 (IANS): More than the religious aspect, Tibetans plan to utilise the annual Kalchakra festival here to propagate their cause and expose the "real" face of China to the world. The Tibetan government in exile headed by the Dalai Lama plans to highl...
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Tibetans Due in Chinese Court Over Death Sentences
Bejing, (Reuters), Jan. 10: A Chinese court was expected to hold a hearing Friday into the case of two Tibetans sentenced to death for a series of bomb attacks and promoting independence, overseas rights groups said. The New York-based Students for a Free Tibet said the court in the Tibetan-popu...
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Myanmar Leader visit Sichuan province
Than Shwe, Chairman of Myanmar's State Peace and Development Council, started the second leg of his China tour with a visit to the southwestern Sichuan province Thursday morning. He began by meeting Zhang Xuezhong, secretary of the Sichuan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China. Than...
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NSCN(I-M) not to interfere with Nagaland polls
New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 11: In a new turn to the Naga peace process, major insurgent outfit NSCN(I-M) Friday said it would not "interfere" with the coming assembly elections in Nagaland but gave clear indications that it still stood by its demand for 'Greater Nagaland'. On day two of their peace t...
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Has the judiciary failed? PM calls for review and remedial action
By Asma Edris Daily Mirror: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday it was necessary to examine whether Sri Lanka's judiciary had performed its duty in enforcing the rights of citizens and whether there had been a lapse in doing so with regard to the Tamil population in the country. Prim...
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SU: Army must stick to its guns.
by Dilanthi Jayamanne The Island: Sihala Urumaya (SU) Leader Thilak Karunaratne said the fourth round of peace talks failed as the government and the LTTE were unable to sort out the dispute over High Security Zones (HSZ) in the Jaffna peninsula. He maintained that the army should "stick to its gu...
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Anton Balasingham to feel the pulse of the Japanese.
By K.T.Rajasingham Bangkok, Jan.12: The Chief Negotiator of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, Anton Balasingham is staying behind in Bangkok for a secret confab with Yasushi Akashi of Japan. The bilateral talks with Yasushi Akashi, Japanese Peace Ambassador and former UN Under Secretary General...
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"No more fighting between Indians, Nagas": NSCN (I-M) leaders
New Delhi, (PTI), Jan. 11: In a significant statement in the midst of Naga peace talks, the NSCN (I-M) leaders today said that there would be "no more fighting" between Indians and Nagas. I want to tell you that there will be no (no) more fighting between Indians and Nagas. That is the understan...
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Indo-Myanmar border situation still tense
Imphal, Jan. 11: Situation at the Indo-Myanmar border continues to remain tense after exchange of fire between the BSF and insurgents belonging to the Manipur People's Liberation Front (MPLF). The firing between the BSF and MPLF insurgents occurred at four different places. Bishenpur is particula...
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Future of SAARC lies in India's hands: Lakshman Kadirgamar
New Delhi,( PTI), Jan. 11: The future of South Asian regional cooperation lies in the hands of India, Sri Lankan President's foreign policy adviser Lakshman Kadirgamar said today. The very real danger is if India becomes indifferent towards the SAARC process" as it was key to the region and the...
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