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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2958

Japanese foreign minister arrives in Sri Lanka to discuss peace process

Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), Jan 5 : - Japan's Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi arrived Sunday to discuss efforts to end the civil war in Sri Lanka and offer help for demining the battle zones, a Japanese Embassy spokesman said.

Thailand to send troops to Afghanistan

Bangkok, Jan 6, (TNA): Thailand will send troops to war-torn Afghanistan in a mission requested by the United States, according to a radio news report.

National League for Democracy of Burma, hardened it stand on policy and principles.

Bangkok, Jan. 06: The National League for Democracy has hardened its position with the State Peace Development Council (SPDC), considered as the strong nucleus of the junta’s power-holding organization in Myanmar.

Japanese foreign minister visits Sri Lankas war-battered Jaffna

Colombo, Sri Lanka (AP) Jan. 06:, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi visited Sri Lanka's north Monday to assess Japan's financial help to rebuild the war-battered area, home to most of the country's 3.2 million Tamils.

Tamil diaspora in limbo over role in S.Lanka peace

By Lindsay Beck - Reuters.

Colombo Sri Lanka, (Reuters) Jan. 6; "Thanks for the cash, we'll take it from here" may be the message Tamils who fled Sri Lanka's violence for better lives overseas are hearing as peace talks deepen between the government and Tamil Tigers.

Thailand hosts new round of Sri Lankan historic peace talks

Nakhon Pathom, Jan 6 (TNA): Thailand on Monday hosted a new round of historic peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) after previous rounds of talks last year were claimed successful.

U.S.A. Churches delegation concludes visit to Iraq; American threats illegal and unchristian

Baghdad, Jan. 04:The delegation representing the American Churches delegation has called in a statement issued upon leaving Baghdad yesterday in conclusion of a humanitarian mission lasting four days, the US President George Bush not to launch war against Iraq.

Second cloned child due to lesbian couple.

The head of the cloning firm set up by the Raelian cult said today its second 'cloned' baby would be born this weekend to a lesbian couple in Europe.

Thai family delegates are welcomed at 4th World Meeting of Families in the Philippines

Bangkok, Jan. 4 (TNA): Delegates of Thai families and those of other countries worldwide are welcomed to the 4th World Meeting of Families, to be hosted by the Philippines later this month, according to a news report of the Philippine News Agency (PNA)

Myanmar commemorates 55th anniversary of independence

By Aye Aye Win, Associated Press Writer

Yangon, Myanmar, (AP), Jan. 04: - Myanmar celebrated its 55th anniversary of independence from Britain on Saturday with a gathering of thousands of people and a message from the government — but there was no mention of attempts to restore democracy in the country, whose military rule has made it an international pariah.

Myanmar tells opposition to "play political game" within rules

Bangkok, Thailand, Jan. 04: - Myanmar's military junta on Saturday denied restricting opposition activists, but warned that reconciliation between the two sides will make progress only if the opposition abides by the country's laws.

Myanmar receives congratulations on Independence Day

His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has sent a congratulatory message to Senior General Than Shwe, the Prime Minister and Chairman of the State Peace and Development Council of Myanmar in conjunction with Myanmar's Independence Day.

National Day of Myanmar

- Opinion and Editorial

Myanmar celebrates today its Independence Day. The country is a member, together with the Philippines, of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It was admitted to the organization in 1997. Yangon is its capital.

Myanmar Independence Day message by Senior General Than Shwe

Yangon, 4 Jan: The following is the message sent by State Peace and Development Council Chairman Defence Services Commander-in-Chief Senior General Than Shwe on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the Independence Day.

Adieus Mr. Jon Westborg: Thank you very much for everything.

By. K.T.Rajasingham

Jon Westborg the controversial Norwegian Ambassador in Sri Lanka is to be replaced by Hans Brattskar, who is at present Minister Counsellor -
Political Affairs, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, attached to the Norwegian UN Mission in New York.

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