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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2249

Richard ready to tackle president

By Amantha Perera - The Sunday Leader

The Sunday Leader -Former Education minister and leader of the House Richard Pathirana last week said that he could tackle President Chandrika Kumaratunga. I have dealt with Ranasinghe Premadasa, I can handle Chandrika Kumaratunga,” he told reporters in parliament.

PM warns against divisions

By Lasantha Wickremetunge in New York - The Sunday Leader

The Sunday Leader:Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a hard hitting speech yesterday warned both military and civil administrators not to have divided loyalties but to back the government’s peace mandate given by the people.

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100,000 Refugees Return to Sri Lanka

Yahoo News - Colombo, Sri Lanka September 20(AP): More than 100,000 minority Tamils have returned to their homes in war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka and urgently need food and help resettling, the U.N. World Food Program said Friday.

Sri Lanka Wants Peace Dividend To Yield Investment

By Charles Roth - Of Dow Jones Newswires

Yahoo News -New York (Dow Jones) September 21:Now that an eight-month cease-fire has led to a promising first round of face-to-face negotiations between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe wants to further the process along with some money.

Sri Lanka says foreign aid and cooperating on development with Tamil rebels key to peace process

By Dilshika Jayamaha, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News-New York, Sep 20: The Sri Lankan government said Friday that foreign aid and cooperation with the rebels to develop war-ravaged areas was key to keeping the peace process on track. The government and Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam rebels on Wednesday concluded the long-awaited first round of face-to-face peace negotiations in seven years at a naval base in Thailand.

Bribery Commission to quiz Weerawansa

by Norman Palihawadane- The Island

The Commission on Bribery and Corruption is likely to question and record a statement of JVP Propaganda Secretary and Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa regarding a complaint made on his assets by a person in Piliyandala identified as Lal Perera.

Debate on 19th Amendment may be delayed till SC delivers ruling

by Prasad Gunewardene - The Island

The debate on the controversial 19th Amendment to the constitution may be delayed for some time in Parliament as the People’s Alliance opposition is to go to court next week challenging the amendment.

LTTE - Govt. talks in Thailand: President wants statements by Govt. and LTTE

by Prasad Gunewardene: The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga is of the view that the government and the LTTE should first make an official statement on the progress and the outcome on the inaugural sessions of the Bangkok Peace Talks for the opposition and the President to respond, Presidential spokesman Janadasa Peiris told ‘The Island’ yesterday. "The President is satisfied on what had transpired in Thailand so far", he added.

Sri Lankan Rebels Pleased With Talks

Yahoo News - Bangkok, Thailand (AP) - A day after concluding their first peace talks with the government in seven years, the chief negotiator for Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels said Thursday they were "pleased" with the progress made.

Sri Lanka prime minister welcomes Tamil rebel stepdown from independent state

By Dilshika Jayamaha, Associated Press Writer

- Shortly after Tamil Tiger rebels and Sri Lankan government representatives wrapped up the first round of long-awaited peace negotiations, the South Asian country's prime minister welcomed the rebels' decision to step down from their demand for an independent state.

Sri Lanka president welcomes peace talks, opposition Marxists say rebels have not changed

By Shimali Senanaayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka: - President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Thursday welcomed the first round of peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, but opposition Marxists, who form the third largest political party in Parliament, said there is no change in the Tigers' stripes.

Government moves to curtail the powers of president in Sri Lanka

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka - Ignoring protests by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the government on Thursday presented a constitutional amendment in Parliament that will take away her powers to dissolve the legislature and order fresh elections.

Mike Oberien Comments On The Successful Round Of Peace Talks On Sri Lanka.

After the end of the first round of peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien said:

Western Provincial Council Motion On 19Th Amendment

By Uditha Kumarasinghe

Colombo 19:A private member's motion moved by NLF member Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne requesting all democratic forces to rally round to defeat the 19th Amendment was adopted with a majority of one vote at the Western Provincial Council (WPC) meeting yesterday.

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