sri lanka civil war

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Quarter of a million Sri Lankans face two years in camps

Article Date: 
20 May 2009

A UN spokesman, Gordon Weiss, said he was "shocked" at the revelation, which ran counter to previous government assurances.

"It was our understanding that the government was to return 80% of the people to their homes by the end of the year, or at least try to," said Weiss.

Article Author: 
Gethin Chamberlain
Article Source: 
Guardian

Prabhakaran's death and fall of LTTE lead to street celebrations in Sri Lanka

Article Date: 
18 May 2009

State television interrupted its regular programmes to announce the death. Just to make sure everyone knew, the government's information department sent a text message to mobile phones across the country confirming that he was killed along with his top deputies.

Soon after the announcement people set off firecrackers at street junctions in celebration, holding up traffic briefly while others shook hands with soldiers on sentry duty. In many towns there was dancing and singing in the streets, with crowds waving Sri Lanka's flag of a yellow lion holding a sword against a red background.

Article Source: 
Guardian

Ethnic Tamils in Malaysia protest against Sri Lankan Govt.

Article Date: 
24 May 2009

Hundreds of ethnic Tamil Malaysians, including MPs, gathered at the Batu Caves Hindu temple to protest against the Sri Lankan Government's "war against Tamils" there.

The rally, organised by the World Tamil Relief and several NGOs, condemned the thousands of Tamils lives lost in the war in northern Sri Lanka.

Deputy Federal Territories Minister M Saravanan said the rally was not in support of any militant group but to show concern for the loss of lives of innocent Tamil civilians.

Article Source: 
Press Trust of India

Agony in Sri Lanka's refugee camp

Article Date: 
24 May 2009

We were the first international journalists to see the scene of the final days of the fighting.

The tiny spit of land in north-eastern Sri Lanka could be a beach paradise. Instead it is like a vision of hell.

Houses have been destroyed, buses blown up, palm trees devastated, and there are craters in the beach. On the sand I saw row after row of tents.

Article Author: 
Laura Trevelyan
Article Source: 
BBC

Sri Lanka health ministry probes war zone doctors

Article Date: 
23 May 2009

Sri Lanka's health ministry is investigating three doctors detained by the military on accusations they gave false information about war zone casualties to the media, an official said Saturday...

The U.S. State Department said the doctors "helped save many lives during the conflict and provided some of the only medical support available in the conflict area while caught between the (rebels) and Sri Lankan forces and facing extreme shortages of medical supplies."

"We urge the government to resolve the doctors' cases quickly and release them," the State Department said in a statement.

Article Source: 
Associated Press

U.N.'s Ban says Sri Lanka needs help for refugees

Article Date: 
23 May 2009

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon toured Sri Lanka's biggest refugee camp Saturday and said the country did not have the resources to deal with the tens of thousands who fled fighting with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Ban told Rajapaksa the U.N. and other international humanitarian agencies needed immediate and unimpeded access to camps that are housing 290,000 people who escaped rebel-held areas as a military onslaught bore down on the separatists.

Article Author: 
Louis Charbonneau
Article Source: 
Reuters

Tigers begged me to broker surrender

Article Date: 
24 May 2009

IT was a desperate last phone call but it did not sound like a man who would be dead within hours. Balasingham Nadesan, political leader of the Tamil Tigers, had nowhere to turn, it seemed.

“We are putting down our arms,” he told me late last Sunday night by satellite phone from the tiny slip of jungle and beach on the northeast coast of Sri Lanka where the Tigers had been making their last stand.

Article Author: 
Marie Colvin
Article Source: 
Times of London

Prabhakaran’s body cremated

Article Date: 
22 May 2009

The military yesterday said the body of LTTE leader Vellupillai Prabhakaran was cremated in Mullaitivu on Wednesday.

“His body was cremated in Mullaitivu and treated like the body of any other terrorist,” Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara told the Daily Mirror yesterday.

The Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) Director General Lakshman Hulugalle confirmed the report saying: “His body was treated like that of any other terrorist and cremated. That is all we have been informed,” he said.

Article Source: 
Daily Mirror

Sri Lanka president defiant over war crimes allegations

Article Date: 
22 May 2009

Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse on Friday brushed off calls for an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by government troops in their offensive against Tamil Tiger rebels.

In a defiant speech delivered just hours before the arrival of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the president said he was even "ready to go to the gallows" as a consequence of defeating the separatist guerrillas.

Article Author: 
Mel Guanasekera
Article Source: 
AFP

Sri Lanka Ignores Calls for Access to War Refugees

Article Date: 
22 May 2009

Sri Lanka’s government ignored mounting calls Friday by international relief organizations for greater access to the country’s swelling refugee camps, as the military continued to weed out suspected former Tamil Tiger rebels hiding among civilians.

Article Source: 
New York Times
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