Freedom at last
Over 122,000 Vanni civilians seek refuge in
The 58 Division troops backed by the Commando and
Special Forces troops yesterday continued their humanitarian
operation to rescue the civilians trapped inside the Safe Zone after
reaching the Eastern beachfront dividing the Safe Zone into two
enabling more civilians to arrive into the military controlled areas
as huge influx of civilians continued till yesterday evening.
President tells British PM:
No pause necessary
The request by British Prime Minister Gordon
Brown for a pause in military action was deemed as unnecessary by
President Mahinda Rajapaksa considering the unexpected exodus of
35,000 civilians to the cleared areas from the No Fire Zone (NFZ).
This was said by President Rajapaksa during a telephone conversation
initiated by the British Prime Minister, yesterday.
Basil to visit India
Senior Presidential Advisor and Parliamentarian,
Basil Rajapaksa would visit India shortly as a special envoy of
President Mahinda Rajapaksa for talks with the Indian authorities,
Media Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said at a press conference
in Colombo yesterday.