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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2674

Peace Talks draws International media and unwanted elements to Thailand.


Journalist from around the world are expected to cover the peace talks between the Tamil separatists - the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and the Sri Lanka Government, scheduled to be held from 16 – 18 September, in the Sattahip Naval base located in the Chonburi province of Thailand. It is said that more than 250 journalists have registered with the Press Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thailand for accreditation. Also it is rumored that, unwanted elements too are expected in Thailand during such talks.

A Constructive Role for Thailand in the Peace talks is urged.


A cross section of the Thai media representatives expressed that Thailand should play a lead role in the Peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka. They said that Thailand should not just play host to the parties involved in the talks in their search for a sustained peace in the war-torn coutry, but must come forward to play role that would bring about a settlement to the festering ethnic conflict in a country, where Thai’s are more or less linked religious- wise for several centuries.

Political crisis builds as Sri Lanka government tries to curb president powers

Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 12: - Ignoring protests by President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the government is pushing ahead with legislation to take away her powers to dissolve Parliament and order fresh elections.

Sri Lanka Woos UK Firms Before Peace Talks, US Forum

Colombo, September 12 -(Dow Jones):- A top Sri Lankan government delegation visited the U.K. this week in a bid to attract investment to the island that is making strides toward ending a 19-year ethnic war, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Bindunuwewa massacre: We were not aware of happenings at rehab camp — witness

by Jayani Wegadapola - The Island

Police Constable Kusum Malake de Silva giving evidence before the Trial-at-Bar in the Bindunuwewa case on Tuesday said that he along with some other officers only heard some noises and that they were not aware of what was happening inside the Rehabilitation Camp.

19th amendment gazetted: Last minute change to accommodate seven PA MPs

by Zacki Jabbar - The Island

The government gazetted the 19th Amendment on Wednesday night after effecting an eleventh hour change on a request by seven People’s Alliance(PA) parliamentarians.

Unidentified group kidnaps four school children

The Island

Jaffna Peninsula. Four students, two boys and two girls from the general area of Anaicottai, about 6 km northwest of Jaffna town were kidnapped this morning (12) around 8.30 at Anaicottai Subramaniyam Vidyalaya by an unidentified group which drove in a tinted-glass vehicle.

Sri Lanka’s economy at critical juncture - IMF

The Island

Washington (Reuters): — Sri Lanka’s economy is at a critical juncture and with the recovery there fragile and subject to significant risks, major adjustments are needed, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

Jaffna gets new GA

The Island

Jaffna GA K. Shanmuganathan had been replaced by Additional GA named T. Vaithilingam on a request made by the Tamil National Alliance, sources said.

Anandasangaree confident north-east local elections will be postponed

The Island

TULF leader V.Anandasangaree was confident that the government would put off local government elections in the North-East excluding predominantly Sinhala areas in Ampara scheduled for September 25. The Jaffna Municipal Council was among 53 local bodies scheduled to go for elections.

Terrorism can be defeated only if all nations unite against it- Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General

We cannot begin today without reflecting on yesterday’s anniversary – on the criminal challenge so brutally thrown in our faces on 11 September 2001. The terrorist attacks of that day were not an isolated event. They were an extreme example of a global scourge, which requires a broad, sustained and global response. Broad, because terrorism can be defeated only if all nations unite against it.

Then I am afraid the work virus has already corrupted your life.

Compiled by - V.Rajeny

There is a new virus going around, called "work". If you receive any sort of "work" at all, whether via email, internet or simply handed to you by a colleague, DO NOT OPEN IT.

Peace Talks - A Turning Point in Sri Lankan History.


From now on the focus will be on Sattahip talks for it is going to be the turning point in Sri Lankan history. It is going to reshape Sri Lanka. It is going to create constitutional and administrative structures that reflect the multi-ethnic character of Sri Lanka. More importantly, it is going to take the country away from the Mahawamsa myth that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala- Buddhist country.

Sri Lanka moves towards constitution change

Colombo (Reuters) September 12: - Sri Lanka's government moved towards amending the constitution on Wednesday, a change it said was crucial to maintaining political stability as the government and rebels prepare for peace talks in Thailand.

UNICEF says Sri Lankan rebels release child soldiers

Colombo (Reuters) - Tamil Tiger rebels are beginning to release child soldiers recruited to help fight in Sri Lanka's 19-year ethnic conflict, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday.

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