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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2218

Israeli military hardware for SL whenever need arises - Ambassador

By Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

The Israli Ambassador for Colombo David Matnai who is stationed in Bangkok yesterday said that the Israel government would continue to support Sri Lanka on military matters including supplies if and when the need arose as it had been in the past. Ambassador Matnai who is on a visit to Colombo also dismissed allegations made by a former Mossad agent in a book that they had trained LTTE cadres. "The government of Israel will never do something like that and there is no truth in those allegations. These were made by a person who fell out with Mossad," he said.

Govt.- LTTE agreement on sea movements: CBK calls for detailed report from PM

The Island

President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has called for a detailed report from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on the Government’s agreement with the LTTE regarding LTTE sea movements, a news release from the Presidential secretarial said.

It is possible he could be out there practicing law somewhere

In a murder trial, the defense attorney
was cross-examining a pathologist.

LTTE welcomes de-ban while PA and JVP condemn it

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 6: LTTE today welcomed the lifting of the ban on it as “encouraging” and “helping the journey of peace” while the main opposition People’s Alliance (PA) condemned it as “premature” and the third biggest political party, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), vowed to topple the government through mass agitations.

Sri Lanka optimistic ahead of Tiger talks

The Nation

The Sri Lankan Ambassador to Thailand, Hewa Palihakkara, yesterday expressed optimism that the upcoming peace talks between the government and the Tamil Tiger rebels would produce the much needed confidence to pave the way for further discussions.

World must push for peace in Sri Lanka

Editorial - The Nation

The Sri Lankan government this week lifted a ban on the island's Tamil Tiger rebels, paving the way for peace talks that will be held at Sattahip Naval Base on September 16. As the host, Thailand has an important role to play. The much awaited talks will be the first official meeting between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, whose 19-years of fighting for a separate Tamil homeland has claimed more than 65,000 lives.

Sri Lanka, rebels get ready to talk peace

Editorial - Bangkok Post

For a few days, there were fears that the peace talks set for Sept 16-18 might have to be put on hold. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga cast a cloud last Sunday by voicing her opposition to the government's move to lift the ban against the rebels before the talks began, saying such a step should be conditional on the results. The following day, Buddhist monks staged a rally in Colombo urging the president to take over the defence portfolio in order to prevent the lifting of the ban. On Tuesday, some 5,000 Sinhalese nationalists and Buddhist monks marched through the Sri Lankan capital protesting against the government plan.

Peace and mobile phones come to Sri Lanka's north

By Chamath Ariyadasa - Reuters

Colombo (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's largest mobile operator expanded into the war-battered north on Thursday, the latest in a string of companies banking on a Norwegian-brokered peace bid to end one of Asia's longest conflicts.

Sri Lanka's East Awaits Lasting Peace, Hope Mounts

By Zaithoon Bin Ahamed - Of Dow Jones News Wires

Sainthamaruthu, Sri Lanka -(Dow Jones)- For years, life was an everyday struggle for M. Aleem, a 40-year-old thread retailer who provides for a family of three. Extortion, fear of attacks and a dearth of medicines and other basic essentials were all part of his daily grind in this hamlet in eastern Sri Lanka.

PM meets Asgiri, Malwatte Nayaka theros

by Cyril Wimalasurendre - The Island

Kandy: The Mahanayaka theros of Malwatte and Asgiriya while blessing for success of talks between the government and the LTTE in Thailand stressed the need to ensure security for the country when Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called on them on Wednesday morning

CBK wants her nominee in negotiation team

by Himangi Jayasundere - The Island

The President’s Office is considering the possibilities of including a presidential nominee in the delegation which will participate in the peace talks between the government and the LTTE in Thailand this month.

SLFP blasts govt. for action against Aturugiriya safehouse

The Island

The SLFP yesterday blasted the government for initiating legal action against Army Commander Lt. General Lionel Balagalle and seven others including the head of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) for maintaining a safe house at Athurugiriya from where covert operatives carried out a series of successful operations against the LTTE in un-cleared areas before the last parliamentary elections last December.

LTTE has to demonstrate complete and convincing renunciation of terrorism to lift ban — UK govt.

The Island

British Foreign Office Minister Mike O’Brien on Wednesday (4) said that "before the proscription of the LTTE in the UK could be reconsidered by the British government, the LTTE would have to demonstrate a complete and convincing renunciation of terrorism." Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government on Wednesday lifted the ban on the LTTE imposed on the group following the suicide attack on Dalada Maligawa in January 1998. The government repeatedly said that de-proscription of the LTTE here, would not have an impact on international restrictions on the group. It remains on the banned organisations list of the USA and the UK.

LTTE de-ban shore-up investor confidence

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 5: Lifting of the four- year ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has shored –up investor confidence in Sri Lanka, brokers said.

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