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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

Economic ruin drives Sri Lanka foes to Thai peace talks

Colombo (AFP) September 14 - Sri Lanka was better known for its tea until Tamil Tiger rebels grabbed the headlines with spectacular suicide bombings, but nearly two decades later empty war chests have driven the government to a Thai tea party.

Tamil Tigers sit down for peace talks

By Scott McDonald

Sattahip, Thailand (Reuters) September 14- Can the Tamil Tigers, the world's most prolific suicide bombers, change their stripes?
After fighting for nearly two decades for a separate Tamil state in Sri Lanka, they sit down on Monday for peace talks

Point Pedro students demand opening of road

by Namini Wijedasa - The Island

Trouble is brewing again at Point Pedro as students of Hartley College and Methodist Girls School are demanding that the road to their schools be open to the public, warned M. Sripathy, Hartley College principal, last week.

Blood and tears under the bridge as Lanka talks peace

by Amal Jayasinghe - The Island

Colombo (AFP) — After decades of failing to decimate each other on the battlefield, Sri Lanka’s government and Tamil Tiger rebels retreat to a boardroom in Thailand this week to try and live together.

Ranil, Vajpayee talks in New York

by Piyasena Dissanayake - The Island

New York: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe here on a one-week official visits is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.

More power for new apex military body

The Island

The government is expected to press President Chandrika Kumaratunga for the creation of a supreme military body in place of the Joint Operations Headquarters set up in mid 1999 to co-ordinate the war effort.

UNICEF, LTTE to hold regular meetings on child recruits

By Faraza Farook - Sunday Times

UN child rights agency UNICEF is to obtain the release of more child recruits in LTTE custody, UNICEF's Sri Lanka Representative Ted Chaiban said.

LTTE gears for development

By Shelani Perera - Sunday Times

With the commencement of the first round of peace talks round the corner, the LTTE has stepped up its activities in the Government controlled area by setting up the first office of the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO) in Jaffna on Wednesday.

Prisoner swap postponed

By Amantha Perera - The Sunday Leader

The prisoners of war exchange between the government and the LTTE is likely to be postponed beyond September 16, the start of the first round of peace talks. Minister G.L. Peiris told the media on Friday that he was not certain that the swap would take place before the commencement of the talks.

Lion Air clueless of its last deadly flight

By Shezna Shums - The Sunday Leader

Lion Air will recommence civilian flights to Jaffna despite not knowing what happened to the last Lion Air aircraft that disappeared off Mannar in 1998. Chairman, Lion Air, Chandran Ratnam said that he was still in the dark as to what really happened to the aircraft that went out of the radar screen during a civilian flight.

Peace broker says Sri Lanka solution still distant

By Alister Doyle

Oslo, Norway, September 14 (Reuters) - Peace in Sri Lanka is probably years away because Tamil Tiger rebels and government negotiators face enormous hurdles in talks starting on Monday, the chief Norwegian peace broker said on Friday.

Peace bid props up tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka

By Chamath Ariyadasa

Colombo, Sept 13 (Reuters) - A burgeoning peace process between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger guerrillas helped steady tourist arrivals in August, specially from Britain, officials said on Friday.

Serious violations of MoU permitted by govt., charges CBK

The Island

President Chandrika Kumaratunga in a letter to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe referring to serious violations of the MoU committed by LTTE lamented that she could not think of any responsible government anywhere in the world that would have acted in the present manner in the name of peace, with regard to one of the world’s most ruthless, armed terrorist organisations which has not yet even agreed to give up terrorism and enter the democratic process. ‘I fail to comprehend how peace could be achieved by permitting the enemy to arm itself with impertinence," the President has pointed out in her letter.

Safety for Colombo-Tuticorin shipping service

by Kalinga Weerakkody - The Island

Experts in the shipping sphere of Sri Lanka have expressed their deep concern over the security arrangements and passenger safety measures which should be considered following the Ceylon Shipping Corporation’s proposal to operate a shipping service between Colombo and Tuticorin in South India.

First round of talks will focus on agenda for future talks — GL

by Kesara Abeywardena - The Island

Cabinet spokesman Minister G. L. Peiris yesterday said that the first round of talks with the LTTE to commence in Thailand next week would mainly focus on the agenda for future talks between the two parties.

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