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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2959

Colombo, Tigers steer talks back on track

Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Nakhon Pathom, Jan. 09: Officials from the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) yesterday steered peace talks back on track, despite the Tigers' pullout from a key panel on de-escalation and normalisation.

Chinas Vice-president Meets Myanmar Head of State

China will work with Myanmar to boost cooperation in various fields for their mutual benefit and to improve future bilateral ties, says Chinese Vice-President Hu Jintao

Chinese Premier Meets Myanmar Head of State

China and Myanmar share great potential for cooperation in such fields as agriculture, forestry, fishing, resources development and infrastructure, Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji said in Beijing Wednesday.

Chinese State Councilor Meets Myanmar Guests

China is keen to boost cooperation with Myanmar in such spheres as the fight against narcotics, said State Councilor Luo Gan in Beijing Wednesday.

NPC Chairman Meets Myanmar Head of State

The visit to China of Myanmar's head of state, Than Shwe, will strengthen the friendship between the two countries, says Li Peng, chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress (NPC).

Dispute over LTTE demand for demilitarisation : President’s office dumb on HSZs issue

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The Island: The on-going dispute over the LTTE’s demand for disassembling of High Security Zones (HSZs) in the Jaffna peninsula took an unexpected turn with President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s office refusing to reveal her stance on the contentious issue.

LTTE gang abducts colleague from prison van

by Norman Palihawadane

The Island: An armed LTTE gang abducted an LTTE prisoner who was being brought in a prison van from the Jaffna prison to Anuradhapura courts on Monday afternoon, Vavuniya police said.

Two labour bills passed with a 57- majority

by Kesara Abeywardena

The Island: The controversial Industrial Disputes (Amendment) bill and the Termination of Employment of Workmen (special provisions Amendment) bill were passed in parliament with a 57-majority yesterday morning.

Hakeem defends his stance

Daily Mirror:The LTTE has expressed dissatisfaction over the conduct of SLMC Leader Rauff Hakkem who defended his position saying his stance should be seen in the proper context.

Japanese envoy to meet anti-peace groups

By Ranga Sirilal

Daily Mirror: Japanese Peace Ambassador and Former UN Under Secretary General Yasushi Akashi is to meet anti-peace lobbying groups including the Maha Sangha, a diplomatic source told the Daily Mirror.

JVP vows to topple government this year

By Munza Mushtaq

Daily Mirror : At its mass agitation campaign held at the Lipton Circus yesterday evening in an apparent move to topple the United National Front Government, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna vowed to send the UNF government home before the lapse of the next eight months. The campaign was named "People power to the capital".

Burma gets $ 2000 million loan from China.

China said it will give Burma in preferential loans for economic development as the Junta’s leader met vice-President Hu Jinato yesterday.

Lanka rejects LTTE demand to scrap war panel

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, Jan. 09: : Sri Lankan government peace negotiators on Wednesday rejected demands by Tamil Tiger rebels to disband a key panel responsible for winding down the island's separatist war

Sri Lanka peace talks: Tamil Tigers refuse to disband suicide squad

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, (AP): The Tamil Tiger rebel group on Thursday refused to disband its dreaded suicide bomb squad, but reiterated it was committed to peace while negotiating an end to Sri Lanka's 19-year civil war.

Accelerated Action on Resettlement and Humanitarian Action, Progress on Human Rights

Nakom Pathom, Thailand, Jan. 09: In a statement issued by the Royal Norwegian Government at the conclusion of the fourth session of the first round of talks between the delegates of the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, it was stated that both the parties recognized that the situation with regard to the High Security Zones involves major humanitarian and security concerns for the respective parties.

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