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

Sino-Burman Ties: Neighbours agree to deepen co-operation

Bejing, Jan. 08: President Jiang Zemin and Myanmar's leader Than Shwe Tuesday agreed to deepen bilateral economic co-operation.

Norway delays envoys departure from Sri Lanka

By Scott McDonald

Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, Jan. 7: — Norway said its ambassador to Sri Lanka would delay his departure from Colombo till April, allowing him to attend more rounds of peace talks despite fierce criticism from opponents of the peace bid

Sri Lanka's president says Tamil rebels should disband suicide squad

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan. 8: — President Chandrika Kumaratunga called on Tamil rebels engaged in peace talks with Sri Lanka's government to disband their so-called "Black Tigers" suicide squad to show sincerity.

Sri Lanka Says Peace Talks on Track Despite Dispute

By Scott McDonald - Reuters

Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, (Reuters), Jan. 08: - Sri Lanka's peace negotiators brushed aside a dispute over disarming on Wednesday and firmed up a timetable for rebuilding war-hit areas of the island, picking the World Bank (news - web sites) to run a fund to pay for it.

Dalai for bilateral talks for Tibet autonomy

Patna, India, (PTI), Jan. 08: The spiritual head of Buddhists, the Dalai Lama has said he favoures bilateral talks with China for grant of autonomy to Tibet under the constitution of the people's republic of China.

Sect Claims Second Clone Is Born

Amsterdam, Netherlands, (AP) Jan. 05: Clonaid, the company that claims to have produced the first human clone, said Saturday it has produced a second one, a girl born to a Dutch lesbian.

Bahraini women demand unified civil status law

Bahrain, Jan. 06: Scores of Bahraini women yesterday organized a silent sit in, in the courtyard of the ministry of justice in Manama demanding a unified civil status law.

Sri Lanka Peace Talks Start on Calm Note

Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, (Reuters), Jan. 06: The Sri Lanka government and Tamil Tiger rebels ended a first day of peace talks Monday by agreeing to speed up rehabilitation projects while pushing back acrimonious military negotiations.

Myanmar junta leader departs on visit to China

Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Jan. 05: The leader of Myanmar's ruling junta left Monday for a six-day state visit to China, a close economic and military ally of a regime that is shunned by the West for suppressing democracy.

Sri Lankan government negotiators, Tiger rebels open crucial round of peace talks

Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, (AP), Jan. 6: Sri Lankan government and Tamil rebel negotiators began a new round of peace talks Monday amid tension over disarming the guerrillas and closing army camps in Tamil areas.

Buddhism is the Panacea for curbing terrorism and other sins - Aung San Suu Kyi

Special interview with Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma's leader of the Opposition, conducted by South Korea’s "Buddhism" newspaper appeared when the newspaper recently celebrated its 43rd Anniversary.

Suu Kyi not allowed to phone in message

By W. Chandrakanth

Resettling IDPs in HSZs lower down in 4th round: Humanitarian issues top talks agenda

by Zacki Jabbar

The Island:The fourth round of government - LTTE peace talks got off to a delayed start at the Rose Garden Golf Resort in Nakhom Pathom,Thailand yesterday after the two sides had to first sort out the agenda in view of the dispute over the process of Internally Displaced Persons(IDP’s) being resettled in the Jaffna High Security Zones.

HSZ issue: Ball in LTTE court, says govt.

by Namini Wijedasa

The Island: A solution to the High Security Zones issue can be found if the LTTE allows the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission to verify that their long range weapons are out of range of strategic locations such as Palaly airbase and the Kankesanthurai port, a government official closely connected with the peace process told ‘The Island.'

Govt ready to evacuate Thai workers from Middle East

Bangkok, Jan 7 (TNA): The government is prepared to evacuate Thai workers from Israel and other countries in the Middle East if conflicts in the region escalate, according to Foreign Minister Surakiart Sathirathai.

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