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Sri Lanka in new truce rejection

[BBC] The Sri Lankan government has rejected fresh calls for a temporary ceasefire with Tamil Tiger rebels. Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama told the BBC that if the rebels laid down their arms there would be no need for a halt in the fighting. Reports of growing civilian casualties have prompted the UN, European Union and […]

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Kidnappings torment Sri Lankan families

[Toronto Star] Where is Mohideen? His wife Fatima wonders this every day as she wakes at 5 a.m. to say her morning prayers and get her two sons ready for school. Since November, Fatima, who lives in a corrugated tin-roof home in one of the Sri Lankan capital’s Tamil neighbourhoods, has been praying to Allah […]

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Canada ‘deeply concerned’ by Sri Lanka unrest

[ AFP ] The government is “deeply concerned” by the ongoing unrest in northeast Sri Lanka, where Sri Lanka troops and Tamil rebels are locked in a fierce conflict, Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said. “Recent developments underline the urgent need for progress toward a meaningful and durable political solution,” said Cannon. After months of intense […]

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EU officials voice concern at ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Sri Lanka

[AFP] EU officials told Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama of their concern at the “humanitarian crisis” in the north of the country, especially “the rising civilian casualties in the conflict zone.” EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner underlined that “international standards must be respected” and that unrestricted access be provided for the UN and […]

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