April 2009

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No time for ceasefire: time yet for surrender - President
We have at no time gone for a ceasefire. We will not do so now. There is no time for that now. In the five or six days remaining we have given the opportunity for the LTTE to lay down their arms and surrender to the Armed Forces and, even in the name of God, free the civilians held by them. If they have no regard for their own lives they should even consider the lives of others. [Full Story]

Goal of Tamil protesters: saving Tamils or LTTE?
- National Post,Canada
“Many Tamil spokesmen in Canada seem to live in a dream world — ignoring the plain fact that (as the United Nations and several blue-chip NGOs have pointed out) a primary threat to Tamils in Sri Lanka is posed by the Tigers themselves, who are holding trapped civilians as human shields”, said the Canadian "National Post" in an editorial comment (April 29).  [Full Story]

Indian Army, Navy on high alert
The Indian Army and the Indian Navy have been placed on high alert along the country's southern coast to prevent any infiltration bid by LTTE cadres fleeing the military offensive against them in Sri Lanka, a top commander said on Wednesday.  [Full Story]

Warnings of blood bath unreal - Foreign Minister
As you all know we are poised on the threshold of defeating terrorism and embarking on an era of lasting peace and security for all our people…The dire warnings by some of our friends in the international community of a blood bath, if the security forces entered the NFZ, did not come to pass.  [Full Story]

We want to catch Prabhakaran alive: President
"People must know who these terrorists are" 
We are continuing with operations to free the civilian hostages held by the LTTE. We would like to catch Prabhakaran and other leaders alive to be dealt with under the law for all their crimes and after that if necessary send Prabhakaran to India to face justice there.  [Full Story]

Resettlement process begins in North
The government has commenced the resettlement process in the Mannar district at the Musali Divisional Secretariat area and the first batch of villagers will come back to their original properties.  [Full Story]

No denial of entry to Swedish FM – Govt.
The government that allegations of the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt being denied entry to Sri Lanka are baseless and with no element of truth in them. [Full Story]

ILO must be in vanguard against all forms of terror
- President Rajapaksa
Terrorism is widespread the world over today. It affects the rich, developed and the poor developing world. This is also a threat to the conditions of work of the people that the ILO will have to take note of. Its commitment to social justice for the working people must put the ILO against all forms of terror, not only in the workplace, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the ceremony to mark the 90th anniversary of the International Labour Organization at the Presidential Secretariat today.  [Full Story]

UN to donate $10 mn for IDPs
The Under Secretary General of the UN Sir John Holmes visited the IDP Welfare Camps in Vavuniya yesterday (April 27) and promised to donate 10 million US Dollars through UN agencies to uplift the living condition in the camps. [Full Story]

Rs.100-cr. as humanitarian relief from India
The Indian government announced to donate Rs.100 cr. for providing humanitarian relief to civilians being evacuated from the LTTE grip in northern Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Tamils protesters vandalise Indian High Commission in London
Sri Lankan Tamil protesters smashed windows of the Indian High Commission and some forced their way inside the building during a demonstration in London April 27, reported the IANS yesterday (27).  [Full Story]

Sri Lanka’s U.S. Envoy briefs Congressmen
Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the United States continued meetings with members of Congress in April, offering briefings on the coming conclusion of the government’s conflict with the LTTE, as well as prospects for civilian resettlement and redevelopment. [Full Story]

Combat operations reach conclusion - Government
Government of Sri Lanka has decided that combat operations have reached their conclusion. [Full Story]

India steps up coastal security 
Security has been beefed up along Tamil Nadu's 650-km coastline stretching from Chennai to Rameshwaram following intelligence inputs that LTTE chief Prabhakaran may attempt to cross over from Sri Lanka, Indian police said Sunday.  [Full Story]

A clear message to int’l community- President
This Western Province mandate has sent a decisive message to the international community. It has categorically declared that no power has any right or moral justification to bail out brutal terrorism at a time when the last lines in its final chapter are being writ, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a statement on the results of the Western Provincial Council election.  [Full Story]

Clinton & self-styled peacemakers obstructing Tiger defeat
- Washington Times
The Sri Lankan government is justifiably confused and angry at the international response to their progress. Sri Lanka has been fighting the Tamil Tigers for over 30 years. ... [Full Story]

UPFA sweeps Western Province polls
The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), the ruling coalition in Sri Lanka led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, retained control of the Western Provincial Council with a larger majority at the election to the Council held April 25.  [Full Story]

LTTE must surrender – Defence Sec.
“What ceasefire when running away?”
The LTTE must first lay down arms, surrender and let the people go, said Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa reacting to reports of an alleged unilateral cease fire by the LTTE, and reiterating the Governments position on the LTTE. [Full Story]

Enhanced facilities for IDPs - Minister
The number of Tamil civilians who have come from the No Fire Zone (NFZ) to freedom in the Safe Zone in government territory as at this morning was 193,960, and considerably enhanced facilities are provided to them, said Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe, at a Media Briefing held at the Presidential Secretariat today (24). [Full Story]

President meets Indian delegates
The Indian National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan and Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon called on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Temple Trees today (24). [Full Story]

Japan welcomes rescue of civilians
“Japan welcomes that, in the past few days, nearly 100,000 internally displaced persons (IDP) in the northern part of Sri Lanka controlled by the LTTE have moved to the area controlled by the Government of Sri Lanka”, states in Statement issued April 23 by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Humanitarian Situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

World responds positively for relief to civilians
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama called on the International Community to provide humanitarian assistance to the civilians who had entered the cleared areas in government territory after being held hostage by the LTTE in the No Fire Zone. He announced this at a media briefing held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today (April 23). [Full Story]

170,000 liberated and still more seek freedom
The exodus of Tamil civilians from the No Fire Zone (NFZ) to freedom in the Safe Zone in government territory from morning yesterday (April 22) till noon today was 35,000 approx according to defence sources.  [Full Story]

Lay down arms, renounce terror – UN to LTTE
“The LTTE is a terrorist organization and should be condemned for its use of civilian as a human shield. The LTTE should immediately lay down arms and renounce its terror tactics”, said Ambassador Claude Heller, the President of the UN Security Council summing up the views expressed by the Members of the Security Council at an informal briefing today (22/4).  [Full Story]

Stop barbarism against Tamil civilians – India tells LTTE
India has called on the LTTE to stop its barbaric attempt to hold civilians hostage. [Full Story]

150,000 liberated and still more to come
By early afternoon today (April 22) 3630 more civilians who had been held hostage by the LTTE in the No Fire Zone entered the cleared areas in government territory, bringing the number of civilians who have escaped to freedom since April 20, to 83,300. [Full Story]

Prabhakaran spurned chances for pardon – President
The LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has spurned the possibility of pardon by us. In doing so, by not giving up arms and surrendering as required, he must now face the consequences of his acts, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees today – April 22.  [Full Story]

Large crowds view “Victims of War”
Large crowds are coming to view “Victims of War” the photographic exhibition which depicts the brutalities, political assassinations, cruelties imposed on civilians, attacks on civilian and economic targets and the disregard for human rights by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), now on in Geneva.  [Full Story]

China backs Sri Lankan fight against LTTE
China has come out strongly in support of the Sri Lankan Government’s efforts to wipe out the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and apprehend its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.   [Full Story]

Liberated civilians now exceed 120,000
In the 12 hours ending 8.30 pm. April 21, Tuesday 21,534 civilians who had been held hostage by the LTTE in the No Fire Zone entered the cleared areas in government territory, bringing the number of civilians who have escaped to freedom since April 20, to 62,609.  [Full Story]

Contortionist feats in Tamil Nadu
"Who then is a terrorist?" - The Hindu
Each of the two main political alliances of Tamil Nadu - one led by the DMK and the other by the AIADMK hosts diametrically opposed positions on the character and legitimacy of the LTTE which has been banned as a terrorist organization by some 30 countries led by India, says the Hindu in its Editorial - April 22, on the growing contradictions in support of the LTTE in Tamil Nadu politics.  [Full Story]

President committed to meet the aspirations of the Tamil community
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is committed to meet the aspirations of the Tamil community; Sri Lanka is party to major international human rights instruments and has acceded to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, said Sri Lanka’s most senior ethnic Tamil Cabinet Minister Douglas Devananda at the UN world conference against racism and racial discrimination under the theme “United against Racism, Unity and Justice for all”. [Full Story]

UN Sec.Gen. welcomes rescue of civilians from conflict zone
UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon in a statement issued April 20 welcomed the escape by tens of thousands of civilians from the conflict zone in north-eastern Sri Lanka over the last three days. [Full Story]

“Victims of War” in Geneva begins today
“Victims of War” photographic exhibition will begin at the Centre International de Conference Geneva (CICG), Rue de Varemba 17, 1202 Geneva today (April 21). It will continue from 9.00 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. daily till April 23.  [Full Story]

Govt. firm against Special Envoy – President tells Brown
On inquiry by British Prime Minister Gordon Brown with regard to the status of his Special Envoy to Sri Lanka, President Rajapaksa has informed that Sri Lanka’s position on the non-acceptability of the said appointment remained unchanged.
 [Full Story]

Now 49,000 more civilians in Safe Zone
Tamil civilians arriving to the Safe Zone from the no fire zone (NFZ) between yesterday (20) and today (21) have risen to 49,058, defence sources at 3 pm SL time today. More are expected to arrive in the course of the day.  [Full Story]

President orders relief
As the influx of civilians from the NFZ continues from in its thousands, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the Commissioner General of Essential Services to ensure that necessary food, medicines and other essentials be provided in adequate quantities to the people. [Full Story]

LTTE attacks fleeing civilian boats
Tamil civilians fleeing the LTTE held area in nearly 80 boats from the Pudumathalan coast towards Point Pedro in the early hours today were attacked by armed LTTE craft that gave them chase killing several civilians. [Full Story]

Sri Lanka establishes diplomatic relations with Paraguay
Sri Lanka and Paraguay have established diplomatic relations at ambassadorial level, guided by the principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 1961, and by the mutual desire to strengthen the existing friendly relations between the two States in political, economic, commercial, cultural and other fields. [Full Story]

30,000 civilians flee LTTE to Safe Zone
At least 30,000 Tamil civilians have fled to the Safe Zone from LTTE held territory by noon today (April 20). [Full Story]

Another shipment of food items to Mullaitivu
Another 1,200 metric tones of essential food items have been dispatched to the displaced people in the High Security Zones of Mullaitivu and Pudumathalan from the Trincomalee harbour yesterday (19).  [Full Story]

LTTE cadre jailed in Chennai
A member of the LTTE was remanded to judicial custody Saturday, Tamil Nadu Police said.  [Full Story]

13,000 civilians flee LTTE grip to Safe Zone
At least 13,000 Tamil civilians who had been forcibly held hostage by the LTTE terrorists in the government declared No Fire Zone (NFZ) in the North-East of Sri Lanka fled from their captivity and entered government held Safe Zone from the early hours in this morning (April 20), Defence sources confirmed. [Full Story]

Nearly 70,000 IDPs free in Safe Zone
“Coordinated relief measures continue” - UNHCR
With at least 2.857 Tamil civilians fleeing the LTTE held areas of the NFZ to the Safe Zone of Government, the number of IDPs in Government held areas of the North is fast approaching 70,000. Many more are expected to cross over today, as the Security Forces carry out hostage rescue action and help clear passages for their escape to the Safe Zone a short distance away from the NFZ at Mullaitivu.  [Full Story]

“Victims of War” in Geneva
“Victims of War” a photographic exhibition to enhance worldwide awareness of the brutalities, political assassinations, cruelties imposed on civilians and disregard for human rights by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) through the past three decades, as well as the successes so far of the humanitarian operations to free the country from terrorism, will open in Geneva this week.  [Full Story]

Put pressure on LTTE to free civilians – President Rajapaksa
President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on all those pressuring his government, both locally and internationally for an extended “humanitarian pause” or a ceasefire, to instead appeal to the LTTE to give freedom of movement “just for one hour” to innocent civilians stranded in the No-Fire Zone (NFZ), in the North.  [Full Story]

UK Tamil Tiger chief guilty of terror charges
Had regular meetings with Special Branch while supplying terrorists
The head of the Tamil Tigers in Britain was found guilty, April 17, of supplying bomb-making equipment for the Sri Lankan terrorist organization. [Full Story]

UN to assist civilians fleeing LTTE grip
The United Nations expects to assist Sri Lankan Tamil civilians fleeing the LTTE to safety and the United Nations Secretary-General is doing his utmost to alleviate the situation in Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

Sympathy for Tamils, but not Tigers- National Post, Canada
"Pro-LTTE protesters insult Canada"
“If the Tiger supporters in Ottawa truly had the best interests of innocent Tamils at heart, they would be pleading with the Tigers themselves to release their human shields, not declaring their undying support for a terror organization,” said the Canadian "National Post" in an editorial comment (April 16).   [Full Story]

LTTE controlled World Tamil Movement in Toronto: Police
The World Tamil Movement of Ontario is a non-profit organization that fundraised and produced propaganda for the LTTE, According to the RCMP documents released Wednesday. The National Post reported.  [Full Story]

British and French FMs say LTTE holds civilians as human shields
It is clear that the LTTE has been forcefully preventing civilians from leaving the conflict area and we deplore their determination to use civilians as a human shield. We do of course continue to call on the LTTE to renounce terrorism and lay down their arms as a necessary element for a long-term solution, said the British and French foreign ministers issuing a joint statement on the situation in Sri Lanka yesterday (15).   [Full Story]

Canada won't lift ban on Tigers
Canada has done its best to end the long-running conflict in Sri Lanka, but will not bow to pressure to remove the Tigers from the list of banned terrorist groups, the Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.  [Full Story]

President visits Killinochchi
President Mahinda Rajapaksa was given a warm welcome when he visited the Northern town of Killinochchi today (16).  [Full Story]

“LTTE more actively prevented people leaving during pause”
– John Holmes

“Forced recruitment of civilians, including children, to fight or work for the LTTE, continues”
“There seems to be less civilians getting out during the [New Year] pause than before. So it is clear that LTTE did not allow those who wished to leave even if they wished to leave the area during this pause to do so, they seemed to be actively prevented from doing so, perhaps more actively prevented from doing so during this pause, so that is a matter for great regret,” said Sir John Holmes, UN Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs at a briefing on the situation in Sri Lanka at the UN, New York, April 15.  [Full Story]

Co-Chairs reiterate call for LTTE to release civilians
The Representatives of the Tokyo Co-Chairs of the Sri Lanka Peace Process- United Sates, European Union, Norway and Japan, reiterated their call for the LTTE to permit freedom of movement for the civilians trapped in the conflict zone. [Full Story]

Britain condemns LTTE brutality in Buttala
Britain has strongly condemned the LTTE massacre of civilians in a remote village in Buttala, killing 8 villagers, including 3 women and 2 children.  [Full Story]

LTTE refuses idea of humanitarian NFZ - Hindu
“Facing annihilation, they [the LTTE] have had no moral compunction in moving into the NFZ with heavy weapons, and using the hard-pressed civilians as a last-ditch shield. Refusing to acknowledge the very idea of a humanitarian NFZ, they have made it clear that the lives and welfare of Tamils, ...  [Full Story]

LTTE terror attack on Oslo Mission
Norway failed discharge international obligations
- Govt. tells envoy
“Not feasible for Norway to act as facilitator in current context”
The Government of Sri Lanka vehemently condemns the violent attack by hooligans belonging to the international terror network of the LTTE on the Sri Lanka Embassy in Oslo on Sunday, 12th April 2009.  [Full Story]

Sri Lanka condemns attack on Oslo Embassy
“Disappointed at inadequate protective measures” – Foreign Sec.
Sri Lanka has strongly condemned the attack on its embassy in Oslo, Norway (Sunday 12) by suspected LTTE supporters, causing extensive damage to the premises and property. [Full Story]

New Year promise of freedom & prosperity
- President
At a time when the country awaits the dawn of peace and prosperity we are happy to welcome the Sinhala and Tamil New Year which brings the promise of a new awakening to our people. [Full Story]

Defensive action only during New Year
– President to Armed Services
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the Armed Forces of the State to restrict their operations during the New Year to those of a defensive nature, says a statement from the President’s Office. [Full Story]

President returns from Libya
President Mahinda Rajapaksa returned from his three-day State Visit to Libya today.  [Full Story]

LTTE to blame for suffering of Tamil civilians
– President tells Ban Ki-moon
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that the suffering undergone by the Tamil civilians in the No Fore Zone in the north of Sri Lanka is the sole responsibility of the LTTE that was holding them as a human shield, despite many calls for their freedom.
 [Full Story]

Co-Chairs ask LTTE to release civilians
The representatives of the Tokyo Co-Chairs of the Si Lanka Peace Process – United Sates, European Union, Norway and Japan - have called on the LTTE to release now held in the No Fire Zone. [Full Story]

Leaders discuss stronger ties between Libya and Sri Lanka
The strengthening economic and trade ties between Libya and Sri Lanka featured prominently in bilateral talks between Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Libyan Head of State Colonel Muammar Gaddafi at the special venue for meetings with distinguished visitors at Sheri, Libya today - April 09. [Full Story]

Let Tamil civilians decide for themselves – Key UN officer  tells LTTE
“Civilians trapped by the fighting must be allowed a free choice of whether to leave or stay, as we have made clear to the LTTE. If the LTTE truly has the best interests of the Tamil people at heart, they should contribute to ending this unnecessary civilians ... [Full Story]

Let Tamil civilians decide for themselves – Key UN officer uffering. tells LTTE
“Civilians trapped by the fighting must be allowed a free choice of whether to leave or stay, as we have made clear to the LTTE. If the LTTE truly has the best interests of the Tamil people at heart, they should contribute to ending this unnecessary civilian s
“The LTTE's leadership claims the civilians ... [Full Story]

Indian spy satellite to eye terrorists
India will launch a spy satellite from the Sriharikota spaceport on April 20, primarily to keep an eye on its borders, PTI reports.  [Full Story]

LTTE threat to Sonia Gandhi and children

Home Ministry issues alert
Worries are mounting in New Delhi about intelligence reports of the strong prospect of an attack on the Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi, her children, and other top political leaders of India by the LTTE, during the current election time in India. [Full Story]

President arrives in Libya
President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrived in Libya on a three-day State visit this evening (April 08). [Full Story]

Lay down arms and renounce violence – France to LTTE
The LTTE must lay down arms and permanently renounce violence and terrorism. Only a political solution can respond to the legitimate concerns of all communities and bring this conflict to an end, states a communiqué from the French Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs on the Humanitarian Situation in Sri Lanka.  [Full Story]

More facilities for IDPs

Over 64,000 civilians fled LTTE's grip
The government has taken several measures to enhance the facilities for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), in government controlled areas. These measures include communication facilities and reception hall where IDPs in welfare centers can meet their friends and relatives more freely, these arrangements will be set up in each camp by April 11, said Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights Mahinda Samarasinghe, at a Media Briefing held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (07).  [Full Story]

UN expert on IDPs tells LTTE to free all civilians
Following reports that LTTE fighters have now been pushed entirely into the no-fire zone, and many more civilians there are at risk of losing their lives, I urgently repeat my call to the LTTE to allow all civilians under its control to leave the this zone and seek safety elsewhere.  [Full Story]

President left for Libya
President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for Libya today (7) for a three day official visit at the invitation of the government of Libya.  [Full Story]

Sri Lanka inventors win Gold, Silver, & Bronze at international awards
Sri Lanka made a large haul of prestigious awards at the 37th International Exhibition of Inventions, Techniques and Products of held in Geneva last week.  [Full Story]

Sri Lankan economy on trajectory of growth
– Central Bank
With the war on terror at its last stages the Central Bank predicts Sri Lanka’s economic growth prospects for 2009 will be on a trajectory of negative of slow growth seen by other countries due to the global economic downturn.  [Full Story]

India breaks another LTTE weapon smuggling ring
India has broken yet another LTTE ring that sought to smuggle war material to the outlawed outfit, arresting four men including a British national of Sri Lankan origin in Chennai, IANS reported yesterday. [Full Story]

UN special envoy praises facilities at welfare centers
UN special envoy on Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons Prof. Walter Kaelin had expressed his satisfaction over present efforts by the government to provide infrastructure facilities and vocational centers at welfare villages in Vavuniya. [Full Story]

Govt deeply concerned over the plight of trapped civilians
The Government attaches the highest priority for the safety and welfare of the civilians, who are currently being held hostage by the LTTE in the narrow coastal strip in Mullaitivu. Thus, the military operations to free the entrapped civilians have been painstakingly slow, in order to avoid causing civilian casualties.... [Full Story]

Troops succeed in massive humanitarian intervention
LTTE’s last position caves in
Sri Lankan troops who drove the LTTE out of its last stronghold Puthukudiyirippu (Sunday) dealing what is considered the final major military blow to the terrorists, have now launched a tactical manoeuvre to free the civilians held hostage by the LTTE, as it continued to resist the advance of troops into the tiny strip of land it held, enabled by the buffer of civilians it held hostage there. [Full Story]
Allow civilians to leave freely – UNSG tells LTTE
“LTTE’s severe restrictions on freedom violate international law”
The Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has expressed his deep distress by continuing reports of civilians being kept at extreme risk, against their will and with heavy casualties in a very small area by the LTTE, and calls on the LTTE leadership to allow civilians to leave the conflict area of their own free will. [Full Story]

Police to act against cruelty to cart bulls in hackery races
The Police has been instructed to inform the organizers of Sinhala and Tamil New Year events to prevent the incidence of cruelty to cart bulls in the hackery (thirikkal) races organized in connection with the festive season.  [Full Story]

Govt to provide telecom facilities at welfare centers
The Government yesterday decided to provide telecommunication facilities to welfare camps and villages in Vavuniya within 48 hours.  [Full Story]

Defence Ministry provides mobile registration facility for Western Province
The Ministry of Defence yesterday launched a mobile registration unit for the citizens in the Western Province through the online registration portal, www.citizens.lk. [Full Story]

Two top LTTE leaders killed
Leader of the "Charles Antony" brigade of the LTTE Amuthab, and former leader of the same brigade Gobith were killed in fighting in Puthukkudyiruppu, defence sources confirmed today.  [Full Story]

USAID donates essential food items for IDPs
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated $15 million worth food aid to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to be distributed among the Internally Displaced Persons in North and East.  [Full Story]

“Tamil civilians flee their Tiger 'protectors' in Sri Lanka”
Civilians are fleeing from the Tamil Tiger forces who claim to protect them and revealing the fears of the thousands still trapped by desperate last-ditch fighting, states Nick Meo of the Sunday Telegraph, UK, of March 28, reporting from Kilinochchi in the north of Sri Lanka. [Full Story]

WPC Polls:
Postal voting begins today
Casting of postal votes for the Western provincial council election will commence today, the Election Secretariat said.  [Full Story]

Eurojust hosts tactical meeting on 'LTTE front organisations'
EU member states must scrutinize the financial statements submitted to their host countries by LTTE front organizations such as the Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO), to verify whether the money collected ostensibly for post-tsunami relief and reconstruction projects in the North were actually used for ...  [Full Story]
Prabhakaran's son injured
LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's son was injured in a confrontation with ground troops, military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said on Wednesday. [Full Story]

Indonesia territory will not be used for terror against Sri Lanka
Indonesia will not allow its territory to be used for carrying out or facilitating any terrorist activities against Sri Lanka. This pledge was made visiting Indonesian Foreign Minister, Dr. Hassan Wirajuda when he called on Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama in last sunday (29) in Colombo. [Full Story]

UNHCR Welcomes Govt. initiatives on IDPs
The conditions at the IDP sites in North are in line with international standards, UNHCR the international lead agency for the internally displaced persons, says in a statement yesterday (31). [Full Story]

Arundhati Roy helping LTTE continue holding civilians
- SL Embassy
"It is indeed unfortunate that Ms. Roy has chosen to make comments which are likely to encourage the LTTE into believing that its propaganda is successful and that it should therefore remain even more obdurate, in holding onto the civilians", states the Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi responding to the article by Arundhati Roy in the "Times of India" 30 March 2009 alleging that the current development in Sri Lanka constitutes an "openly racist war."  [Full Story]

Sri Lanka rebuts allegations in European Parliament
“No military operation to defeat terrorism in the world is conducted without difficulty to the civilian population who live in the afflicted area. In the achievement of our military dominance over the LTTE, the civilians, held at gun point by the LTTE have been the centre of our concerns", said the Charge d’ Affaires of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Belgium, accredited to the European Union, Ms. Saroja Sirisena, at a meeting of the Human Rights Sub- Committee of the European Parliament held in Brussels yesterday (31).  [Full Story]






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