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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2429

New members for NLD

The Nationa League for Democracy (NLD) has decided to accept new membership, according to the party spokesman U Lwin. The decision came about after the recent Shan State trip of Daw Aung San Auu Kyi. The NLD spokesman, U Lwin said NLD is preparing to accept new members but no new members having been accepted yet. Many people wanted to join the party but the NLD was not prepared to receive them due to organisational difficulties.

Sri Lankan PM says committed to peace with rebels

By Masayuki Kitano

Tokyo (Reuters), Dec. 04: - Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, said on Wednesday his country was committed to making peace with Tamil Tiger rebels and that Japan could help support the process as the nation's biggest aid donor.

No one should Dare other than the Tamil Tigers.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Whether it is development, or bringing in funds for the development projects in the North and East of Sri Lanka, it is only the Tamil Tigers should do and no one else should dare to interfere. Tamil National Alliance Members of Parliament told this to the two Malaysian Tamil Deputy Ministers belonging to the Malaysian Indian Congress Party, whom they met recently in Bangkok.

Concern expressed over the Security of the Sri Lankan President.

Presidential secretariat had expressed its disappoint for the failure of the police for not taking action against those who have repeatedly perpetrated criminal acts in the North Western region of the country. Furthermore President’s security concern too was expressed for immediate action.

Anton Balasingham issues Warning to Jayalalithaa.

Anton Balasingham Issued A Warning to Jayalalithaa Jayaram Tamil Nadu Chief Minister while addressing in the Heroes day meeting in London.

Today the Peace Talks is slated to deal with core political issues

Oslo, Dec 4: The peace delegates belonging to the rival groups from Sri Lanka began their discussion on the core political issues here today, a day after announcing a “breakthrough” with contentious political issues taken up for discussion, officials said.

Foreign aid key to Norways peace bid in Sri Lanka

Oslo, Dec. 02: - Sri Lanka's warring parties have virtually pledged not to return to war, but Norwegian peace brokers believe the durability of the fragile peace could largely depend on foreign aid and how it is spent.

Talks Resumes in Oslo, where both sides reached agreement on some minor issues.

Oslo, Norway, Dec. 03: Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels held a session of peace talks in Oslo on Monday but Norway predicted that many more meetings would be needed to end Asia's longest-running conflict.

Indian fishing trawlers arrested in Sri Lankan waters

According to Sri Lankan Army ews, four Indian fishing trawlers in Sri Lankan waters were arrested by Naval troops with fourteen fishermen on board on 30 November 2002 around 1.35 p.m. while they were engaged in fishing in the general sea area of Karaitivu.

PMs report of Prabhakarans shift to one Lanka an attempt to fool country – Mangala

The Island:Chief Opposition Whip Mangala Samaraweera said that the latest episode of the tragi-comedy on the future of our country enacted in various capitals of the world has now gone from the sublime to the ridiculous with the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka demeaning his position to that of the press secretary to ‘His Excellency’ Balasingham and the LTTE.

North-East Development: PA to sound alert to Indian leaders

by Zacki Jabbar

The Island:Presidential Adviser and former Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgarmar said , yesterday that the People’s Alliance delegation visiting India would urge the Indian leadership to "study" and also be "alert" to developments in the North-East of Sri Lanka vis-a -vis the on-going government-LTTE peace talks.

SLMC rebel group nominates Subaideen as new leader

by Franklin R. Satyapalan

The Island:The continuing leadership discontentment in the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) erupted into the open, creating an imminent split in the party with the rebel group of four MPs led by its former chairman and Minister A. L. M. Athaullah going ahead to nominate S. Subaideen as its new leader, a spokesman for the rebel MPs said yesterday.

Economy likely to grow 5.2% next year, says TDRI

Bangkok, Dec 3 (TNA): – Thailand Development Research Institute expects the Thai economy could enjoy a maximum growth of 5.2% next year should the country’s export expand considerably.

Cambodias Pol Potists want to avoid trial

Dec. 02:Surviving Khmer Rouge leaders have urged the United Nations not to put them on trial for genocide.

Cambodian activists want Khmer Rouge trail

Dec. 03: Activists in Cambodia say the country's surviving Khmer Rouge leaders should be put on trial, rather than escape prosecution by testifying to a truth and reconciliation commission.

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