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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2739

Prabhakaran expected to confirm - Tigers giving up Separate state of Tamil Eelam.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Today is the final day of the Maveerer Day – Hero’s day celebrations. The Tigers are expected to remember 17600 of their fallen heroes for the last 19 years. Earlier it was claimed that these heroes laid their lives for the cause of a Separate State of a sovereign Tamil Eelam.

Members of the Constitutional Council have a major role in democratization - President

President Chandrika Banadranaike Kumaratunga reviewed the proposals for appointments made by the Constitutional Council. Seven Interdependent Commissions are to be established as decreed by the 17th Amendment to the Constitution.

Tactics of terror can never achieve legitimate aspirations- Richard Armitage

Oslo, Nov. 26: Deputy Secretary of State said yesterday “Tactics of terror can never achieve legitimate aspirations.” Richard Armitage was at the support meeting in Oslo to pledge financial support for Sri Lanka’s peace process. Armitage urged the LTTE to make a public declaration renouncing their armed struggle for a separate state and insisted the organization should give up violence and terror.

Japan will involve in the reconstruction support in the north and east - - Yasushi Akashi

Oslo, Nov. 26: “Japan’s involvement in Sri Lanka is a realization of the concept of “consolidation of peace”, advocated by Prime Minister Koizumi and Foreign Minister Kawaguchi. On the basis of the request made by the Sri Lankan Government, Japan will positively involve itself in the reconstruction support in the north and east, while we appeal to the two parties to achieve sustainable peace, and we will do our share to contribute to the progress in the process.

The Peoples Alliance committed to a new social contract - President

Colombo, Nov. 26: The President yesterday met the PA Parliamentary Group. The discussions centered on PA press release of 15th November 2002 regarding the situation in the North and East. The President reiterated the Peoples Alliance is committed to a process of negotiations to bring about a durable and lasting settlement of the ethnic conflict.

Illegal LTTE activity in N-E leads to suspension of House proceedings for 40 minutes

By Sumadhu Weerawarne and Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: Colombo 26 - Parliament proceedings were suspended for 40 minutes yesterday morning since the opposition protested against LTTE courts and demanded a vote by division on the heads of the Justice Ministry.

Govt satisfied with correction of article on Bali bomb plot

Bangkok, Nov 27 (TNA) – The government was satisfied with a correction by the Asian Wall Street Journal over its recent article that international terrorists used Thailand as a base for Bali bombing plot, said Spokesman Sitha Thivari.

Remember those innocent victims of violence and Terror of the Tamil Tigers.

By Asian Tribune - Editorial Board

Violence and terror were two baseless anti-human acts propagated and tolerated in Sri Lanka for the last 20 years. These ant-human activities were state orchestrated as well as by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

USD 70 million pledged for rebuilding war-torn areas

Nov. 27:Twenty-two countries and the European Union which met in Oslo on 25 November pledged to provide immediate financial assistance of 70 million US dollars to Sri Lanka. The amount does not include soft loans.

Erosion of democracy, President concerned

Colombo, Nov. 27: "The President is concerned about the incidents against democracy happening in the country, specifically with regard to the attacks in the North on the EPDP. There is a degree of erosion of democracy in the recent times. The EPDP have laid down their arms, renounced the call for a separate state and now work within the democratic framework. That is what we want the LTTE to do. Further, we recognize the EPDP is the only opposition to the LTTE in the North,” Presidential spokesman Harim Peiris said at a news conference today.

Prabhakaran appeals for regional self-rule in his Heroes Day speech.

By K.T.Rajasingham

Mullaitivu Nov. 27: Prabhakaran in his Maveerer Day speech (Heroes day) speech today declared that Tamils as a distinct people, they are entitled to the right to self-determination. He clarified that the right to self-determination has two aspects: internal and external. He added that the internal self-determination entitles a people to regional self-rule.

It is only token presence at Oslo meet

The Hindu: Chennai, Nov. 25 - The presence of an Indian mission staff member at the Norway-inspired peace process between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and the Sri Lankan Government in Oslo will only be token and will not be tantamount to ``expressedly or impliedly recognising the LTTE'', the Additional Solicitor-General of India, V.T. Gopalan, told the Madras High Court today.

Tamil rebels reject U.S. call to renounce violence

Yahoo News: Oslo (Reuters) Nov. 26 - Tamil rebels rejected a face-to-face U.S. appeal at an Oslo conference on Monday to renounce violence and said it was "totally unacceptable" for Washington to label them terrorists for fighting a 19-year separatist war in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka seeking associate membership in ASEAN

Yahoo News: Colombo, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's foreign minister said Monday that the island nation wants to become an associate member of the Association of South East Asian Nations to tighten economic links with the 10-member regional body.

Canada Pledges Money to Help Sri Lanka Peace

Yahoo News: Ottawa (Reuters), Nov. 26 - Canada, which has a sizable Sri Lankan community, on Monday pledged $1.3 million in immediate financial aid to help the Sri Lankan peace process and said it was ready to consider giving more money next year.

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