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By: Peter Bouckaert, The Guardian
5 September 2010

All attempts to investigate atrocities in the Tamil Tiger conflict have been stifled, despite promises made to Ban Ki-moon.

During the Vietnam conflict, the US military developed some creative ways to increase the numbers of Viet Cong insurgents it claimed to have killed. “If they’re dead, they’re Viet Cong,” meant that any Vietnamese killed by American soldiers would automatically count as enemy fighters.

Sri Lanka’s defence secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, has taken such creative accounting to new heights. The United Nations reported that at least 7,000 civilians were killed and tens of thousands wounded during the final months of the brutal conflict with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, which ended in May 2009. But Gotabhaya has repeatedly cast aspersions on the idea that there were any civilian casualties.

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The Times

By CATHERINE PHILP

From the air, the battle zone reveals itself one clue at a time — the scorched patches of earth, the blasted palm trees, the burnt-out skeletal houses.

Then the helicopter banks sharp right over the green lagoon and a blaze of white sand appears — to the gasps of the first outsiders to glimpse the beach where the Tamil Tigers made their last stand. (more…)

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By By C. Bryson Hull, Reuters News

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said
on Thursday he was sending a humanitarian team to Sri Lanka’s war
zone, where thousands are trapped while troops push to end to a 25-
year war with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Ban’s decision came after the military said an exodus of 103,000
people from the tiny coastal strip had slowed, four days after troops
blew up an earthen barrier the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
built to stop them escaping. (more…)

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