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UN pulls out of Sri Lanka war zone, rebels deny plane downed, september 10. COLOMBO (AFP) The United Nations announced Tuesday it was withdrawing its aid workers from Sri Lanka's embattled north ahead of a major military onslaught, as rebels denied one of its aircraft was shot down.

Only a few aid agencies, including the UN outfits, have still been operating inside the Tamil Tiger-held Wanni district, where government forces are currently pushing to dismantle the guerrillas' mini state.

"A precise timetable for the complete withdrawal of all staff is yet to be determined, but relocations will begin this week," the UN said in a statement. More...Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 9 21:01:33 EDT 2008

UN voices concern over fighting in Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Tue September 9, 2008 16:20 EDT . - - New York (dpa) - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday expressed ``deep concern'' over the increased hostilities in northern Sri Lanka - , warning that this would have grave humanitarian consequences for civilians. He called on all parties to respect international humanitarian law, especially with regard to the principle of proportionality and the selection of targets. He also said there must be a negotiated settlement to the political problems facing Sri Lanka - . dpa tn ar
Published: Tue Sep 9 21:25:19 EDT 2008 Back to the top

China's foreign minister meets Sri Lanka president
Associated Press, Wed September 10, 2008 09:47 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) China's foreign minister met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday to discuss bilateral ties, investment and the island nation's ongoing civil war, a Sri Lankan government statement said. The statement said that during his visit Chinese Foreign Minister Yang expressed his support for the ``sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka - and the efforts by President Rajapaksa to bring about a solution to the ethnic conflict.''

Rajapaksa used the meeting to call for increased investment from China which is already financing more than a billion dollars worth of projects in the country, including a port, coal power plant and arts theater.

The government will create an exclusive investment zone for China, the statement quoted Rajapaksa as saying but gave no details.

After the meeting, Jiechi signed an agreement with his counterpart Rohitha Bogollagama for a grant of US$7.3 million (euro 5.2 million) for projects next year.

Jiechi arrived in Sri Lanka - on Tuesday night and was expected to leave later Wednesday.
Published: Wed Sep 10 10:25:17 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lankan air force bombs rebel areas
Associated Press, Wed September 10, 2008 03:53 EDT . RAVI NESSMAN - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force jets attacked a rebel intelligence base deep in northern Sri Lanka - early Wednesday, stepping up a punishing wave of airstrikes a day after Tamil Tiger fighters launched a surprise attack on a military base, the military said... Back to the top

Historic, says Sri Lanka, Sept 09, 2008. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka on Tuesday characterised "as historic" the reported success of the Air Force (SLAF) in shooting down one of the two light-wing LTTE aircraft involved in an attack on the Vavuniya Base and Wanni military headquarters in the early hours of Tuesday... Back to the top

Jayawardene calls for single Twenty20 tournament
Associated Press, Wed September 10, 2008 00:44 EDT . - - COLOMBO (AP) Sri Lanka - captain Mahela Jayawardene is urging competing national cricket boards to support a single Twenty20 world tournament to ensure the continuing viability of test cricket... Back to the top

LTTE raid finds India at work, Sept 9/2008. Eighteen years after India withdrew its peace-keeping force from Sri Lanka, two Indian radar operators were injured in an LTTE air raid on a Sri Lankan air force base in the northern district of Vavuniya early on Tuesday... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels attack army base in north
Associated Press, Tue September 9, 2008 05:08 EDT . BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels launched an air and ground assault on a military complex in northern Sri Lanka - early Tuesday, in an attack that killed 11 troops, one civilian and 10 of the assailants, the military said... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says it Shot Down Rebel Aircraft Amid Intensifying Fighting, 09 September 2008. By Anjana Pasricha New Delhi Sri Lanka says it has shot down a Tamil Tiger plane - the first rebel aircraft to be brought down by the military... Back to the top

UN pulls out of Sri Lanka war zone
AFP, Sep 09, 2008, 08:15 EDT. COLOMBO (AFP) The United Nations said Tuesday it was withdrawing all its aid agency personnel from Sri Lanka's embattled north, following a government order to quit ahead of a major military offensive... Back to the top

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