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VATICAN - SRI LANKA
Pope hopes for a "global joint solution" to Sri Lanka's reconciliation
Benedict XVI received President Mahinda Rajapaksa today. The "Catholic Church-which makes an important contribution to the life of the country with her religious witness and educational, healthcare and social assistance activities-will continue to commit herself to the common good, reciprocal understanding and the integral development of all citizens,"
20/04/2007 VATICAN – SRI LANKA
Negotiations and respect for human rights only path to peace in Sri Lanka, says Pope
Benedict XVI receives President Rajapaksa. In a press release, Vatican says Church will “intensify her delicate task of forming consciences with the sole ambition of favoring the common good, reconciliation and peace.”
02/11/2007 SRI LANKA
Head of Tamil Tigers’ political wing killed
Leader is killed in air raid launched by government air force this morning. Fear mounts that it could lead to escalation. A recent report by Sri Lanka’s Law & Society Trust notes that five people are killed or disappear every day in Sri Lanka as a result of the ongoing conflict.
18/05/2010 SRI LANKA
President Rajapaksa thanks the bishop of Colombo for the actions of the Church
Sri Lanka’s president and Mgr Ranjith, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka, meet in a warm tête-à-tête. Both hope for and are committed to state-Church co-operation to help the country’s development and the neediest social groups.
29/06/2016 17:12:00 SRI LANKA
Sri Lanka army admits to the existence of a list with names of missing Tamil rebels who surrendered
The names of the missing are still unknown, by a high ranking official admits that a list exists. In the final stages of the civil war thousands of young Tamil fighters handed in their weapons. Many of them are missing, presumed dead in extra-judicial killings.
09/01/2015 SRI LANKA
Maithripala Sirisena is the new president of Sri Lanka
The elections' outsider defeated the closing head of State Rajapaksa with a majority of 51.28%. His promise: to reduce president's powers and come back to a parliamentary democracy.
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