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Protestors stop UN leaving north Sri Lanka
ABC, sep 15. The United Nations in Sri Lanka says hundreds of protesters are continuing to block UN offices inside rebel-held territory in the north, preventing them from leaving the area.

A spokesman for the UN says the pull out was temporarily being held up by the protests, but the agency's intention was to comply with the government order to withdraw.

The UN began withdrawing a few days ago after the government said it could not guarantee the safety of aid workers because of increased fighting near the main rebel-held town of Kilinochchi. More...Discuss this story
Published: Sun Sep 14 22:47:01 EDT 2008

Sri Lanka military: Fighting kills 21 Tamil rebels
Associated Press, Sun September 14, 2008 02:52 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Fighting between government forces and separatist Tamil Tigers across Sri Lanka - 's embattled northern region killed 21 rebels, the military said Sunday. Fighting in Sri Lanka - 's civil war has escalated in recent months, with the military capturing a series of rebel bases and large chunks of territory. Officials have reiterated a pledge to crush the guerrillas by the end of the year.

The violence has forced about 160,000 people to leave their homes. A government order this week to all relief groups and U.N. aid agencies to leave the war zone for their safety has raised fears that the plight of displaced civilians could become worse.

The Tamil Tiger rebels have fought for an independent state in the north and east of the Indian ocean island since 1983, following decades of marginalization of ethnic Tamils by governments dominated by the Sinhalese majority.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in the conflict.
Published: Sun Sep 14 03:43:32 EDT 2008 Back to the top

Sri Lanka condemns bomb attacks in New Delhi
Associated Press, Sun September 14, 2008 05:34 EDT . ``Sri Lanka - unequivocally condemns such barbaric acts of terrorism, which can never be justified under any circumstance for whatever reason,'' the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ``In this hour of grief, the government and people of Sri Lanka - stand by the people and the government of India in sympathy with those who suffered as a result of indiscriminate terrorist bombing and stand in solidarity with all comprehensive measures that are being taken by the authorities in India to eradicate terrorism,'' the statement said. dpa ad wjh
Published: Sun Sep 14 09:28:23 EDT 2008 Back to the top

UN says unable to leave Sri Lanka s war-torn north, Sept., 14, 2008. COLOMBO (AFP) — The United Nations said Sunday its aid staff were unable to comply with a Sri Lankan government order to quit the war-torn north of the island because of protests by local civilians... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Says It Can Aid Refugees After UN Withdraws (Update1), Sept 14, 2008. Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka said it's ready to assist displaced Tamils in the country's north, where the army has intensified attacks on rebel bases, after ordering the United Nations last week to withdraw aid workers in the region.

A ``well-organized government mechanism'' operates in the region and humanitarian activities won't be hindered, Defense Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa said in a statement on the Ministry of Defense Web site... Back to the top

Sri Lanka pushes back on rebel forces, Sept 14, 2008. (09-14) 04:00 PDT Colombo, Sri Lanka -- For the first time in more than a decade, government forces are making inroads into rebel strongholds and are within striking distance of their capital, according to military officials who insist an end to Asia's longest civil war is near... Back to the top

Sri Lanka raises threat of “mass eviction”
hindu, sep 14. COLOMBO: Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said those people who had come to Colombo and its suburbs and are “staying without any valid reason were a huge security concern” and should return to their hometown... Back to the top

Sri Lanka's Tigers warn of 'genocide' as UN agencies pull out
afp, Sep 13, 1:57 PM ET . COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers on Saturday accused the government of planning a genocidal campaign against Tamils as UN agencies pulled out of rebel-held regions in the island's north... Back to the top

Sri Lankan warplanes bomb rebel complex
Associated Press, Sat September 13, 2008 03:21 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force Saturday bombed a well-fortified Tamil Tiger rebel compound in their northern stronghold, while a rebel ambush killed a policeman in the east, the military said... Back to the top

Lanka worried over influx of people in the capital
The Hindu, Saturday, September 13, 2008. Colombo (PTI): The rising inflow of people from across the island country into the Sri Lankan capital has raised security concerns here with the government describing the development as "abnormal"... Back to the top

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