Sri Lanka

The UN and other aid agencies are working to urgently provide humanitarian aid to some 250,000 civilians trapped in areas of northern Sri Lanka where fighting continues between Government forces and the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The recent surge in fighting has prompted warnings from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and other UN officials about the humanitarian impact of the conflict on the people of Sri Lanka. Ban called on the LTTE and the Government to accord "immediate and absolute priority" to ensuring the protection and well-being of civilians, including humanitarian aid workers. (UN News Service)

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