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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2367

Curious Young Camel – Why we have --?

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A mother and a baby camel were talking one day when the baby camel asked, "Mom, why do we have these huge three-toed feet? The mother replied, "Well son, when we trek across the desert, our toes will help us stay on top of the soft sand."

A grandmother marries a young soldier younger than her son

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo September 19: This is the story of a marriage of a trim and young looking grandmother who is now in police custody, because she gave a false birth certificate and married a soldier younger than her son.

Tigers to investigate Eellalan Leaflet that threatens Muslims

By: Guna Kajananth

Mannar, September 19: The day before the Sattahip talks commenced in Thailand an attempt was made in Mannar to disrupt the peace process by upsetting the Muslims who are now returning to their original homes.

Donate generously to save Hugo Blanco –Urgent Appeal.

K.T.Rajasingham

Dr Vickramabahu Karunarathne, Presidium Member New Left Front have extended an appeal to friends, members and national organizations to donate generously to meet the hospital expenses of Hugo Blanco, who is a victim of brain hemorrhage while visiting the peasant community in Peru.

People enjoying their re-discovered freedom, and they want more – Ranil in UN

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe addressed the 57th session of the United Nations General Assembly yesterday, where he declared that, following the ceasefire; there are signs of people enjoying their re-discovered freedom. This all became possible in a country torn asunder with ethnic conflict for the last 20 years he explained. He added, “The election victory last December of the Government I represent, was a clear national mandate to end the conflict in the North-East. A ceasefire with the LTTE group was signed on 22nd February this year. The Ceasefire has held. Confidence building measures have encouraged the free movement of people throughout the country and have revived economic activity. The LTTE has been unilaterally de-proscribed by the Sri Lanka Government to facilitate the talks, to give peace a chance, and the LTTE a chance for peace.”

Joint Problem Solving in Thailand - Jehan Perera on the the first round of Peace Talks.

By Jehan Perera – Media Director, National Peace Council for Sri Lanka

The outcome of the first round of peace talks between
the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers
of Tamil Eelam has been more successful than
anticipated. Sceptics doubted whether the parties
would agree to subsequent rounds of talks. On
September 18 the two sides agreed on three further
rounds of peace talks in Thailand with specific dates
commencing in October and going on till January next
year.

Opposition & TULF Leaders, in the Sri Lankan delegation for UN General Assembly

K.T.Rajasingham

Colombo, September 17: For the first time in the political history of Sri Lanka, the Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapakse and V.Anaandasanagari, the leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front are included in Sri Lanka’s delegation to the UN General Assembly, the Foreign Ministry announced today. This was stated in the press release published in the Official website of the Governmenmt of Sri Lanka.

S.Lanka to seek OK for $350 mln bond, biggest ever

Colombo, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's central bank will seek monetary board approval next week for its plans to raise the country's largest issue of debt worth $350 million, a central bank official said on Tuesday.

Nine and a half hours of Talks - but no substantial gain at all at Sattahip.

K.T.Rajasingham

A total of nine and a half hours the Negotiators have talked for the last two-days but no substantial gains have been reported so far. MeanwhileThe Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) agreed to hold the second round in late October and two more sets of meetings before January, negotiator GL Peiris said. So far the negotiators have only agreed about the further talks, but it is said that they have built amongst themselves a type of friendship which could be build-up in the future as a confidence building exercise.

Dad always says, it is time to get the hell out of town.

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

It was the last day of the school year, and Miss Figpot was
talking to her fourth grade class. She asked, "What will
you be doing this summer? Me and my family will go to the beach a lot," Suzie answered. "That sounds like fun," said Miss Figpot.
"How about you, Emma? What will you do this summer?"
"My family just bought new bikes we will ride together."
Emma replied enthusiastically.

Norwegian Government stick its neck on line with the Peace Talks

K.T.Rajasingham

Sattahip, Thailand, September 18: As the three day of Peace Conference came to an end, both the Sri Lankan Government (GOSL) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) representatives agreed to establish a Joint Task Force for Humanitarian and Reconstruction Activities. The Joint Task Force will constitute a partnership between the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE, and will have responsibility for the identification, financing and monitoring of urgent humanitarian and reconstruction activities in the north and east. The task force will operate with due participation of Muslims, and its work will benefit all ethnic communities of the North and East. The details relating to the mandate and structure of the Joint Task Force will rapidly be finalized between the parties with the assistance of the Norwegian facilitators.

A prelude to interim administration has been agreed upon

K.T.Rajasingham

Sattahip, Thailand September 18: A new administrative mechanism, which would be prelude to the Interim Administration has been agreed to be set up immediately at the end of the three day conference between the Sri Lankan Government delegation and the delegates of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, today at Sattahip, Thailand.

Address by Tej Bunnag, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.

On behalf of the Royal Thai Government, I wish to warmly welcome H.E. Professor G L Peiris, Minister for Constitutional Affairs and leader of the delegation of the Government of Sri Lanka; H.E. Mr Anton Balasingham, Chief Negotiator and leader of the delegation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam; and H.E. Mr Vidar Helgesen, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, and their respective delegations to Thailand.

LTTE demands for the Interim Administration

K.T.Rajasingham

It is reliably learnt that during the first session of the Talks held yesterday - September 16, the LTTE negotiators have requested for the interim administration of the North and Eastern Province. To this request, it is learnt that the Government delegates have come forward to give a broad-based devolution. But the context of the Government assurance is unclear and has to be clarified at a later stage to Asian Tribune, by the sources close to the delegations

Ranil appreciates Vajpayee’s co-operation

The Island

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he very much appreciates the co-operation and fortification extended to himself and the Sri Lankan Government by the Prime Minister Vajpayee and the Indian government.

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