Posts Tagged ‘fighting’

UN’s Ban urges suspension of Sri Lanka fighting

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

[Reuters]

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Monday for a “suspension in fighting” between the Sri Lanka government and Tamil Tiger separatists to allow civilians to escape. “There is an urgent need to bring this conflict to an end without any further unnecessary loss of civilian life and destruction of Sri Lankan society,” Ban told reporters. “The U.N. deplores the increasing casualties among civilians trapped in the intense fighting … and would strongly support a suspension in fighting for the purpose of allowing safe passage of (the) civilian population trying to flee the conflict,” Ban said.

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Sri Lanka Rejects Truce Call As Fighting Escalates

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

[AFP]

Sri Lanka’s government Wednesday rejected fresh calls for a truce with Tamil Tiger rebels as security forces took another village previously held by the cornered guerrillas. Defense spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said the government was firmly committed to wiping out “terrorism” and described the demand for a ceasefire from a Tamil Tiger proxy as “laughable.” “We have taken a policy decision to completely root out terrorism,” Rambukwella told reporters here. “There will be no ceasefire with the LTTE ( Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam).”

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Fresh Fighting Erupts in Northern Sri Lanka

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

[VOA]

A military statement said troops captured the village of Sinna Paranthan, northwest of the rebels’ de facto capital of Kilinochchi, on Tuesday. The statement said its fighter jets launched several air strikes against rebel positions again Wednesday in the northern Paranthan and Muahamalai areas. The rebel-affiliated Web site TamilNet said military air strikes hit a convent marked with a large red cross on its roof Tuesday. It said the strikes killed 85 cows near the convent and sent civilians fleeing from the area. Independent verification of either side’s claims is impossible because journalists are barred from entering the conflict zone.

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