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Civilian, Military factions of Government of Sri Lanka Fall Out

Apparently the General and the President are squabbling.  The General:

"Your excellency?s government has yet to win the peace in spite of the fact that the army under my leadership won the war," he said.

"There is no clear policy to win the hearts and minds of the Tamil people, which will surely ruin the victory attained, paving the way for yet another uprising in the future."

Sri Lankan war in endgame, 95,000 escape rebel zone

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

Thousands more civilians surged out of Sri Lanka's war zone on Wednesday, while soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels fought the apparent endgame of Asia's longest-running war despite calls to protect those still trapped.

. . .

On Tuesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross had said the war zone situation was "catastrophic," with several hundred killed since Monday and at least 50,000 more remaining at risk with limited food, water and medical care.

Article Author: 
C. Bryson Hull and Ranga Sirilal
Article Source: 
Reuters

Two key Tamil Tigers 'surrender'

Article Date: 
22 Apr 2009

Two senior Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka have surrendered to the military, the army says.

It says that the rebels' media co-ordinator, Daya Master, gave himself up along with a top interpreter, named George, who worked for senior rebels.

Correspondents say that if the reports are true it will be a major setback for the rebel leadership.

Article Source: 
BBC

Resentments in Sri Lanka Reflect Challenges to Peace

Article Date: 
21 Mar 2009

“My hope,” said the United States ambassador, Robert O. Blake, “is that with the end of fighting the president will really reach out to the Tamil and Muslim communities and give his vision of a united Sri Lanka that will include a measure of dignity and respect and a level of autonomy for them in the geographic areas in which they predominate across the country.”

Article Author: 
Seth Mydans
Article Source: 
New York Times
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