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Sri Lanka says 24 rebels killed in new fighting
Associated Press, Sat September 6, 2008 05:09 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ Sri Lankan soldiers captured three Tamil Tiger rebel bunkers and killed 24 guerrillas in fighting across the island's restive north, the military said Saturday.

Troops captured the three bunkers and killed eight rebels in fighting Friday along the northeastern front of Welioya district, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

Other fighting broke out Friday in Vavuniya district, where 14 rebels were killed, and in Kilinochchi district, where two guerrillas were killed, Nanayakkara said.

On Saturday, air force helicopters bombed rebel bunkers in the rebel-held Mullaittivu district to support advancing ground troops, the military said in a statement.

It did not give details of damage or casualties suffered by rebels in the raid.

With communication all but cut with the northern areas, rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be reached for comment.

Independent verification of the fighting and casualties was not possible because most journalists are banned from the war zone. Both sides have been accused of exaggerating enemy casualties and underreporting their own.

Fighting has escalated in recent weeks because of a government offensive deep into the jungles of the north, where the rebels control a de facto state. The government has pledged to crush the rebel group by the end of the year.

The rebels have admitted losing territory in recent battles but claim government soldiers are overextended and are walking into a trap.

Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for Sri Lanka's ethnic minority Tamils, who have faced discrimination at the hands of successive governments controlled by ethnic Sinhalese.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence. Discuss this story
Published: Sat Sep 6 05:18:27 EDT 2008

BBC apologise for error
BBC News, Spet 06 2008. The office of the Ministry of Export Development and International Trade say the BBC had misquoted the minister G. L. Peiris in an article published on the 5th of September.

In a letter written to the Editor of the BBC Sinhala Service by the private secretary to the minister it say, [full text]

“It has been brought to my notice that your website posted on Friday, 5th September 08, contains the following caption; “Minister admits rights violations”

“Your website then continue as follows; “Minister in charge of Investment Development Professor G. L. Peiris told BBC Sandeshaya that the international community should understand the context in which these abuses taking place.”

“I wish to state categorically that the Hon. Minister did not at any time state or imply that human rights violations are being committed by the government of Sri Lanka. Your statement to the contrary is entirely false and mischievous and made with malicious intent”.

“You are kindly required to retract your false caption and report, and to give necessary publicity to this statement”.

Yours faithfully,

Sampath Dissanayake, Private Secretary to the Hon. Minister of Export Development and international Trade.

Editor’s note

In the above mentioned article published on Friday 5th of September 2008 with the headline, “Minister admits rights violations” the writer had misquoted the minister. We retract the article and unreservedly apologise to the Honourable minister G. L. Peiris and to our readers.

The error was made unintentionally due to writer’s misinterpretation of the statement made by the minister.

Priyath Liyanage

Head of Sinhala Service.

06 September 2008

Published: Sat Sep 6 23:12:25 EDT 2008 Back to the top

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