UN report finds stalled peace talks in Sri Lanka blocking aid to children

Delayed peace talks between the Government of Sri Lanka and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are a significant obstacle to assisting children affected by the country’s two-decade-long war, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today.

Sri Lanka: UNESCO chief condemns murder of journalist

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned the murder of a Sri Lankan journalist, whose newspaper had reportedly been harassed by Tamil separatists, denouncing it as a blow against peace and democracy.

With drought in Sri Lanka continuing, UN warns coming months could be critical

With drought conditions in Sri Lanka worsening and the cumulative rainfall by mid-July falling some 30 to 50 percent below normal in most areas, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today that the next couple of months will be critical for the main crop season in the Indian Ocean island.

Sri Lankan rice farmers need emergency food aid following dry spell – UN

Nearly 80,000 Sri Lankan families need international emergency food, seeds and fertilizer following poor rainfall in the Indian Ocean island’s rice paddies, according to a United Nations report released today.

Resolving fate of 370,000 displaced Sri Lankans ‘critical’ – UN refugee agency

The United Nations refugee agency today said it was “critical” to resolve the plight of 370,000 displaced Sri Lankans, victims of a separatist conflict that has claimed more than 65,000 lives in the past two decades, by restoring property rights, clearing landmines, and investing in housing, schools, health and other services.

UNICEF calls for Sri Lanka’s rebels to end recruitment of child soldiers

Confirming the deaths of two child soldiers last week during fighting between two factions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called on the rebel group to free its remaining child soldiers and not to re-recruit those it has already released.

UN reports largest release so far of child soldiers by Sri Lanka’s Tamil rebels

In the single biggest formal release of child soldiers by Sri Lanka’s main rebel Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has facilitated the return of nearly 150 children out of the hundreds and possibly thousands still in rebel ranks.

Thousands of Sri Lankans return home after rebels end factional fighting - UN

Most of the more than 3,000 Sri Lankans who fled their homes at the weekend to escape an uprising by a breakaway faction in the eastern region against the main rebel Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) in the north have returned home, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Concerned by 'difficult situation' in Sri Lanka, Annan hopes peace talks can restart

Voicing concern over the difficult situation in Sri Lanka, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said he still hopes that the peace talks between the Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) can resume in the near future.