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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2345

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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De-proscription of LTTE though widely welcomed will be challenged in court

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 6 De-proscription of the LTTE though widely welcomed will be challenged in court. Tamils and Muslims and a bigger section of the Sinhalese welcomed the lifting of the ban saying that it would help the peace search and open the door for the LTTE to return to democratic mainstream politics.

What we have only is donkeys Sir.

K.T.Rajasingham

During 1965 to 1970, I was the Parliament Correspondent covering the proceedings of the House of Representatives, as well as the Senate. Covering the Senate was the most boring thing, but the House of Representative was very interesting.

Ranil sees no need to re-impose ban and denies that the lifting is temporary

T.Sabaratnam

Colombo, September 6 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last night told the heads of media institutions and editors, that he saw no likelihood of re-imposing the ban on the LTTE as he was “100 percent satisfied” with the progress of the peace talks

Seesaw Political Battle in Sri Lankan politics continues

T.Sabaratnam

I was puzzled when I heard around 10.45 on Wednesday night that the four-year ban on the LTTE would be lifted that midnight. “The gazette notification has been sent to the Government Printer,” my informant said.

Nallur festival attracts record number of devotees spread worldwide

Guna Kajananth in Jaffna

On the Spot Reporting from Nallur:The concluding days of the historic Nallur festival, yesterday and today, brought here several thousands of Jaffna Hindu expatriates spread worldwide.

Sri Lanka Aims To Lift Exports,Narrow Trade Gap With Expo

By Zaithoon Bin Ahamed;Dow Jones Newswires

COLOMBO -(Dow Jones)- An annual three-day trade exhibition that recently opened in Colombo will hopefully boost Sri Lanka's exports and in turn help bridge a yawning trade gap this year, ministers said Wednesday.

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