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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2792

Structure of State is most fundamental question – Lakshman Kadirgamar

Eric Fernando

Colombo, September 30: “The structure of the state is the most fundamental question in all this and some day we have to get that straight – we have to get that right and now. How long are you going to keep delaying it? The argument is this, is it satisfactory just to allow things to slide on? The major questions such as the structure of the state and the merger question and the political rights question and democracy and parliamentary elections and human rights and all those things…are you going to allow those to slide away for a couple of years while you’re addressing only economic, rehabilitation and reconstruction issues? What I’m saying is I don’t think one should be a substitute for the other.” Presidential Adviser Lakshman Kadirgamar was speaking to Eric Fernando of the Policy Research and Information Unit (PRIU) in an exclusive interview about the peace process and the issues that need to be tackled.

Rights group says Asian maids face beatings in Lebanon

By Mariam Karouny

Yahoo News: Beirut (Reuters) September 30: - Lalia believes that if divine justice is served, her Lebanese employers will be reborn as maids in her native country of Sri Lanka, where they will face a lifetime of the same rough treatment they now dish out to her.

Sri Lanka Cholera Outbreak Under Control

Yahoo News: Colombo, September 30, (Reuters) - A cholera outbreak in northern Sri Lanka that has claimed three lives is spreading southward, but officials said on Monday the epidemic was under control

SSP urges arrest of Italy-bound trawler-load of Lankans

By Norman Palihawadana- The Island

The Island:A senior superintendent of police has requested the Italian embassy in Sri Lanka to proceed with immediate action to take into custody a trawler cruising in the seas of Somalia carrying a large number of Sri Lankan illegal migrants to Italy.

How much for a ride to the airport?

Compiled by: V.Rajeny

A businessman flew to Vegas for the weekend to gamble. He lost
the shirt off his back, and had nothing left but a quarter and
the second half of his round-trip ticket. If he could just get
to the airport he could get himself home.

We were tortured, and was treated like slaves – Released Kennedy

By: Guna Kajananth at Omanthai

Guna Kajanathan , our rowing correspondent reports from Omanthai about the release of the prisoners. He writes that, while local and international press focused their attention on Caption Ajith Boyagoda, a senior naval officer captured by the LTTE, but the Tiger media concentrated its attention on Kennady, a senior commando, trapped by the government forces and our correspondent kept his eye on both. He reports of the pain and agony Kennedy underwent in the hands of the ruthless Sri Lankan authorities whilst in prison, compared to the decent treatment Ajith Boyagoda received from his captors, the LTTE.

Prisoners release a moment of reality

Speech given by Mr. Austin Fernando, Secretary of Defense at the prisoner exchange between the GOSL & LTTE in Omanthai on Saturday, 28 September 2002. This is indeed a happy occasion for all of us. This prisoner release has come about as a consequence of the ongoing peace process initiated by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. The Leader of the LTTE, Mr Velupillai Prabhakaran, extended his cooperation to this process.

POW swap highlights Sri Lanka peace bid

By Scott McDonald

Yahoo News: Omanthai, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels swapped prisoners-of-war on Saturday in the latest move to push ahead a peace process that has already silenced the guns after 19 years of war.

Sri Lanka, Rebels Swap Prisoners

Yahoo News: Omanthai, Sri Lanka (AP)_ Sri Lanka and Tamil Tiger rebels exchanged prisoners of war Saturday as part of the ongoing peace process, and the rebels claimed they had no more prisoners in custody.

Government, rebels swap prisoners in Sri Lanka

By Shimali Senanayake, Associated Press Writer

Yahoo News: Omanthai, Sri LankaSep 28 - Tamil Tiger rebels claimed they handed over the last of their government prisoners of war on Saturday, as the two sides in Sri Lanka's bitter ethnic conflict moved closer to peace by exchanging captives.

All communities must sacrifice for peace — Mohamed

by Franklin R. Satyapalan - The Island

The Island:Western Region Development Minister M. H. Mohamed yesterday said that all communities — Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims, must be able to make sacrifices for the cause of peace.

Tamil alliance waits for Balasingham

Sunday TimesThe TNA is awaiting a meeting with LTTE theoretician Anton Balasingham who is due in the Wanni next month.

Top British official meets LTTE leaders

Sunday TimesThe most powerful British official responsible for disbursing funds for development projects worldwide, yesterday held wide-ranging talks with Tiger guerrilla political leaders.

We must demand for what we need right now.

The Sunday LeaderNational Unity Alliance (NUA) Boss and Parliamentarian Ferial Ashraff last week rejected a statement made by Sri Lanka Muslim Congress Chief and Ports Minister Rauf Hakeem that he would look into the issues of the Muslims, once peace is found in the country.

Reminders of a not too distant past

The Sunday LeaderThey were once hunting the big bad Tigers entering the city to blow up everything to smithereens. Nowadays they just stand by the road side, look at vehicles, inspect the odd suspicious one and apprehend moonshine.

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