» 02/04/2009, 00.00
SRI LANKA - VATICAN
Melani Manel Perera
Rajapaksa to apostolic nuncio: get priests out of conflict zone
The religious live with the hundreds of refugees in the four districts that are still in the theater of conflict. The government says that victory over the Tamil Tigers is close, and is celebrating the 61st anniversary of independence by announcing an imminent peace. The United States, the European Union, Japan, and Norway are asking the Tamil rebels to surrender. The hospital of Pudukkudiyiruppu has been attacked for the fifth time in three days.
10/02/2009 SRI LANKA
Religious personnel under Wanni bombings
Hundreds of thousands of people are trapped in the war zone. There is a lack of food in Wanni: over the past 10 days, only 8 aid trucks have been sent for 250,000 people. No one can enter the refugee centers managed by the government.
23/01/2009 SRI LANKA
Columbo army creates safe zone for civilians fleeing war
The head of the military in Vanni meets with the head of the Red Cross to plan access and protection of civilians in the area. Catholic and Anglican bishops express appreciation for the army's decision, and call upon the Tamil Tigers not to violate the area with attacks against soldiers and refugees.
05/02/2009 SRI LANKA
Apostolic nuncio: priests will stay with people in conflict zone
22 priests and 27 sisters live in the northern districts where the war is being fought. The defense ministry is asking that they be evacuated, and is not guaranteeing the safety of civilians who remain in the area of fighting. The government rejects the proposal of the United States and Great Britain to negotiate the surrender of the Tamil Tigers.
20/11/2006 SRI LANKA
Government to reopen road to Jaffna . . . for the time being
Colombo will allow humanitarian aid for 500,000 civilians to travel by land. Tamil Tiger rebels call the move a "political ploy". Tonight Sri Lanka's main donors are scheduled to meet. Bishop of Jaffna asks for help to avoid starvation.
19/12/2008 SRI LANKA
Bishops request Christmas ceasefire. Sri Lankan government says no
Catholic and Anglican bishops are asking for a ceasefire to alleviate the situation for civilians. For the army, the condition is that the Tigers lay down their weapons. The appeal asks both parties for the creation of a buffer zone, in collaboration with the Red Cross. Meanwhile, the offensive continues in the northern part of the island.
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