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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2132

<b>JVP hems and haws: Opposition parties welcome peace talks</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The Office of the President on Thursday welcomed the tripartite decision involving the governments of Sri Lanka and Norway and the LTTE to hold the first face-to-face formal meeting in Thailand. The Norwegian government will announce the exact date for the meeting scheduled to take place between the 12th and the 17th of September.

<b>Japan welcomes Govt. — LTTE formal talks for peace</b>

The Island

The Government of Japan welcomes that the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), through the facilitation of the Government of Norway, have agreed to commence formal talks in order to resolve the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka.

<b>U.S. welcomes mid-September peace talks in Thailand</b>

The Island

The United States on Thursday welcomed the announcement that the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE would hold peace talks in Thailand in mid-September, Deputy State Department spokesman Philip Reeker told reporters August 15.

<b>EPDP cadre complains to court of police torture</b>

Chitra Weerarathne - The Island

A 33-year-old member of the EPDP, Michael Colin David of Trincomalee has complained to the Supreme Court in a Fundamental Rights violation application that at the fourth floor of Police Headquarters in Colombo he was made to lie on a bench, his mouth was closed and water was poured into his nostrils. This occurred in July this year.

<b>Ashley and Anura bury the hatchet</b>

The Island

After a recent hard-hitting exchange of letters between the US Ambassador and the Senior Presidential Advisor, Anura Bandaranaike, MP, given much publicity in the media, one would have thought that the battle would have continued. Informed sources say that this unusual and sensitive situation ended by smoking the ‘peace pipe’, as the Americans say, at the American Ambassador’s residence. ‘Jefferson House’ on Wednesday night!

<b>Ceasefire violation complaints to monitors total 740</b>

Kalinga Weerakkody - The Island

A total of 740 complaints have been received by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) headquarters since the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the government and the LTTE was signed on February 22.

<b>LTTE ban off first week of Sept.</b>

Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The Prime Minister’s promise to lift the ban on the LTTE ten days prior to talks "will be fulfilled", cabinet spokesman, G. L. Peiris said on Thursday .

<b>They eat the same thing every night.</b>

After a winter break, a teacher asked her young pupils how
they spent their holiday. One small child wrote the
following: We always used to spend the holidays with Grandma
and Grandpa. They used to live here in a brick home, but
Grandpa got retired and now they live in a place with a lot
of other retired people. They all live in tin boxes, they
ride on big 3-wheeled tricycles and they all have name tags
because they don't know who they are. They go to a big
building called a wrecked hall, but they must have got it
fixed up, because its alright now.

<b>Peaceful Temple entry at Vallipura Kovil</b>

K.T.Rajasingham

Vallipuram temple is one of the oldest temple for Lord Krishna, located at Vallpuram in the East Point-Perdo. “Thakshana Kailasa Puranam,” in its “Vallipura Vaipavam Uraiththa Padalam,” – the chapter that dealt with the history of Vallipuram, states that, a young married lady by the name of Lavalli used to offer prayers to Lord Vishnu near the sea coast at Vallipuram, seeking the god’s blessing for a child.

<b> LTTE would Talk both theCore Issues and Day-to-day matters at Thailand</b>

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo August 16: In another move to outdo President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who is picking holes in government’s approach to peace talks, LTTE agreed to consider core issues, along with the day-to-day matters, LTTE sources said

<b>Sri Lanka says it will lift ban on Tamil rebel group</b>

Dilip Ganguly, Associated Press Writer

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka said Thursday it will lift a four-year ban on separatist Tamil Tiger rebels but would not negotiate for an independent Tamil homeland during peace talks next month.

<b>UNHCR delegation - Vanni Rehab Ministry pow-wow on displaced persons</b>

The Island

The visiting 3-Member delegation led by Mr. Kamal Morjane, United Nations Assistant High Commissioner for Refugees met Mr. Noordeen Mashoor, Minister of Vanni Rehabilitation on Wedbesday (14) at his Ministry Office in Colombo to discuss the present situation of the internally displaced persons in the Northern Province.

<b>CBK not agreeable to piecemeal amendments to constitution</b>

Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The President is not agreeable to piecemeal amendments to the constitution, Presidential spokesman Harim Peiris said on Wednesday.

<b>Confirmed LTTE violations mark 146 — SLMM</b>

The Island

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) on Wednesday (14) ruled that the LTTE has violated the ceasefire agreement 146 times.

<b>LTTE takes control of govt. estate, replaces manager</b>

Shamindra Ferdinando - The Island

The LTTE has taken control of a 475- acre government estate in the Tirukkovil police area, police said on Wednesday. They have also replaced its manager identified as Ponnambalam Thurairaja, the sources said, adding that a former employee of the estate identified as Krishnapillai has been appointed as the manager.

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