The Lanka Academic

 
APRIL 26, 2000 IN COLOMBO
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 1, NO. 21
 

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Only remains of 28 soldiers identified

Frederica Jansz, Colombo, 1.15. p.m. SLT Wednesday April 26. The bodies of 28 soldiers killed at Elephant Pass were identified last night by the Sri Lanka Army's (SLA) unit division officers flown in a special flight to the military's Vanni base. A Defence Ministry statement today said the bodies were identified out of 126 bodies of soldiers handed over to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by the LTTE yesterday. The 28 bodies will be handed over to relatives today. The balance unidentifiable bodies were cremated last night in a special religious ceremony.


Dispute over lack of medical attention for wounded soldiers

Frederica Jansz, Colombo, 12.10 p.m. SLT Wednesday April 26. Doctors at Colombo's military hospital say that insufficient staff and medical supplies is making it difficult to cope with large numbers of war casualties. Medical officers at the hospital say that instead of sending only the seriously wounded to Colombo, the military are flying almost all sick personnel to Colombo bypassing the hospital at Anuradhapura.


Call for Government to resign after defeat at Elephant Pass

Frederica Jansz, Colombo, 12.15 p.m. SLT Wednesday April 26. The National Joint Committee (NJC) has called upon the government to resign for the defeat the military suffered at Elephant Pass. The NJC says the government has no moral right to stay in office and the people should be given a right to elect a new President capable of managing the military situation in the North.

Meanwhile Puravesi Peramuna led by former UNP strongman Sirisena Cooray also issued a statement in the aftermath of the Elephant Pass debacle which has proposed a series of war measures to be adopted, giving priority to military appointments which Cooray has been quoted saying should be made exclusively on competence and a proven track record in combat to help maximise efficiency.

Other political and concerned parties too have stated that the government should now call for foreign assistance to help troops match arms and combat strategies with the LTTE.


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