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UN urges Sri Lanka government to use restraint

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UN urges Sri Lanka government to use restraint


The UN’s top aid chief to Sri Lanka says it must put in place its latest pledge not to use heavy weapons against the Tamil Tiger rebels.

With tens of thousands of Tamil civilians in the war zone the UN’s envoy John Holmes urged Sri Lankan officials to use restraint. On Sunday, Sri Lanka’s government dismissed a Tiger ceasefire offer claiming final victory in the 26 year-old conflict was close at hand. However diplomatic pressure from the UN, US and other countries is growing to end the fighting having accused Sri Lanka’s military and the rebels of targeting civilians — something both deny.

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