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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2647

Rauff to chair advisory committee on N-E Muslim interests

The IslandThe Prime Minister’s office on Tuesday night said that the government had decided to appoint an Advisory Committee to examine mechanisms and structures, which would protect the interests of the Muslim community in the Northern and Eastern provinces including modalities of devolution and enable their fullest participation in the decision-making processes.

Curtain - Raiser/ Sri Lanka Negotiations: Oslo looks to stay course to peace

Anuraj Manibhandu - Bangkok Post

Bangkok Post:Think of Sri Lanka and Norway does not jump immediately to mind. But one of the world's most comfortable nations is playing a vital role in helping to bring about peace in one of the world's most divided.

Round 2 Peace Talks Kicked-Off peacefully.


Bangkok October 31:The 2nd Round Peace Talks between the Sri Lankan Government delegation and the delegation of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam, began this afternoon, at 3 pm Bangkok time, at Nakom Pathom, a tourist resort, 40 km away from Bangkok. The Peace talks are being held, not in the Rose Garden Resort Hotel, but in another venue - a house inside the Rose Garden general area.

Sri Lanka Rebel Gets 200 Years as Peace Talks Start

By Prasit Promthong

Yahoo News: Nakorn Pathom, Thailand (Reuters) - The reclusive leader of Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas was sentenced to 200 years' jail on Thursday as government and rebel officials began talks in Thailand to try to end 19 years of war.

Police reimpose curfew in some sensitive areas in Colombo

Colombo, October 31Police today clamped a curfew in some parts of Colombo to thwart attempts by certain factions to instigate violence

President Deplores Violence and Appeal for Calm

President Kumaratunga today deplored the loss of life and damage to property from yesterday’s clashes in and around Maligawatte and appealed for calm.

Peace, Stability and Cooperation- theme of AOTS Convention in Colombo

Colombo, October 29:The of the Association of Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS) Alumni Societies is held in Colombo, from October 28 – 30, 2002 under the theme – “Peace and Stability through Friendship and Inter-Regional Cooperation”.

Joint Task Force should be set up within the legal framework -President

Colombo October 29:President Chandrika Kumaratunga has wished for the success of the 2 Round of Peace Talks, scheduled to be held in Thailand, from 31 October to 3 November and also expressed her desire that the Government should come forward to set up of the Joint Task Force, only within the legal frame work of Sri Lanka. Harim Peiris, Presidential spokesman said this during the media briefing.

Second round of Sri Lanka peace talks to focus on security, development in war-torn northeast

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News:Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 29 - The second round of peace talks between the government and Tamil rebels will focus on security and development in war-ravaged northeastern Sri Lanka, an official said Tuesday.

Council of Muslims wants equal representation in JTF

The Island:The Council of Muslims (COM) has urged the government to ensure equal representation for the Muslims in the proposed Joint Task Force for the North-East

Thailand May not Host the 3rd Round Peace Talks.

Bangkok, October 30 Thailand is expected to inform its inability host the 3rd Round of peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. The 3rd Round of talks is scheduled to be held 2nd – 5th of December 2002.

Allow the presence of the International Committee of the Red Cross in conflict areas in Myanmar

Geneva October 30: Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human Rights on the situation in Myanmar, completed his third fact-finding mission to that country.

LTTE Refuses to release the Confiscated Lorry of Sinhalese businessman Subasinha.

Omanthai October 30:The failure on the part of the LTTE to release a lorry load of goods that was to be dispatched to Jaffna for sale has forced the businessman R.A.J Subasinha to lodge a complaint at Vavuniya Police.

Fourth batch of LTTE cadres ferried to Vakarai in the East.

A batch of 78 cadres from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on two boats commenced its fourth sea movement on Tuesday (29) morning around 8.00 a.m. from Mullaitivu to Vakarai with Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) representatives on board.

Second Round of Peace Talks to begin Tomorrow at an Optimistic Note


Bangkok, October 30: The delegates belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Government arrived here in the Bangkok International airport yesterday (Wednesday). As reported by the “Asian Tribune,” yesterday, both the delegation came yesterday and they all came on the same commercial flight from Colombo.

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