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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2428

I would not be silenced by threats - Kadirgamar.

Sunday Times: Former Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar responding to an article published in a Sunday newspaper last week over the purchase of a residential property has said that the article strongly suggests an orchestrated effort to prejudice the public mind against him and thus compel his silence on emerging matters of great national concern. The text of the statement is as follows:

Government, PA in race to woo New Delhi

By Harinda Vidanage Sunday Times: With India maintaining a low profile at Sri Lanka's Oslo peace support meeting, both the government and the main opposition were moving to woo the New Delhi leadership.

US, Japanese interest drives peace bid

by Amal Jayasinghe The Island: Oslo, (AFP) — Heightened US and Japanese interest in Sri Lanka’s fledgling peace bid has boosted prospects of ending Asia’s bloodiest ethnic conflict, a Norwegian peace broker said.

CBK discounts fears of threat to her life

The Island: President Chandrika Kumaratunga has turned down appeals by party loyalists to minimise public appearances due to a perceived threat to her life at the hands of the LTTE, Western Province Governor Alavi Moulana said yesterday.

Talks in Europe for first time

by Amal Jayasinghe The Island: Oslo (AFP) — Warring parties in Sri Lanka will have their first round of peace talks in a western capital tomorrow when they hold crucial negotiations, diplomats said.

Liberation: Barazani and the war against Iraq

The chairman of the Kurdistani Democratic party, Masoud al-Barazani, announced that the war against Iraq is very possible because the Americans have commited a lot into this direction, and that toppling attempts and conspiracies failed to topple the Iraqi president.

Thailand to host Rubber Corporation Dialogue

Bangkok, (TNA) - Thailand will host a meeting of rubber plantation leaders in the region, called Rubber Corporation Dialogue (RCD), for the first time next month, according to a senior official.

PM:Govt is ready to evacuate Thai workers from Israel

Bangkok, Dec 1 (TNA): The government is ready to evacuate Thai workers from Israel and Gaza Stripe if tension between Israel and Palestine escalates, according to Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Indian foreign secretary returned from Myanmar

India’s Foreign Secretary Mr Kanwal Sibal returned to New Delhi after a five-day visit to Myanmar (Burma). Mr Sibal was in Myanmar for a regular Foreign Office Consultative Meeting with his Burmese counterparts.

Sonia should apologise for statement in UK university: BJP

New Delhi,Saturday, November 30, 2002: BJP today took strong exception to the veiled attack on it by Congress President Sonia Gandhi in her lecture at Centre for Islamic Studies in Oxford where she had reportedly said that certain political parties in India were for only majority community.

PM invites Thai people to extend best wishes to HM

Bangkok, Dec 1 (TNA) - Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Saturday invited all Thai people to extend their best wishes to His Majesty the King on the occasion of his 75th birthday anniversary, which falls on on December 5.

Resuming job, UN sites inspections uncovered lies of Blair.

Baghdad INA, Dec. 01:UN arms inspectors examined a military industrial complex and a suspected missile site on Saturday as they resumed work after a one-day break.

Tamil Tiger top guns in Oslo for Sri Lanka peace talks

Yahoo News: Oslo (AFP), Nov. 30 - Top Tamil Tiger rebel leaders arrived here for the first round of Norwegian-brokered Sri Lanka peace talks to be held in a European capital.

Sri Lankan PM says corner turned in peace bid

By Scott McDonald Yahoo News, Colombo (Reuters) - Sri Lanka has turned a major corner on its road to ending a civil war that has killed 64,000 people and shattered the island's economy, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Friday (29 Nov.).

Norways secret agents for peace finding success in Sri Lanka

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer Yahoo News: Oslo, Norway - Like secret agents for peace, Norwegians crept through Sri Lanka's jungles and stealthily entered its government offices seeking an end to the south Asian nation's 19-year civil war.
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