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Sri Lanka: UN official voices concern after another aid worker is slain

The top United Nations humanitarian official in Sri Lanka today called on authorities to mount a thorough investigation into last week’s murder of an aid worker in the east of the violence-wracked country – the third staff member from the same relief group to have either disappeared or been killed in the Asian island nation.

Sri Lanka: UN agencies continue relief efforts in flood-hit north

United Nations relief officials are continuing to assist authorities in the conflict-wracked north of Sri Lanka respond to flooding that has displaced more than 70,000 people and affected 300,000 others.

UN food convey successfully reaches conflict zone in Sri Lanka

A major United Nations food convoy arrived today in northern Sri Lanka to assist over 200,000 displaced persons after being forced to turn back yesterday due to fresh fighting in the area between Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Sri Lanka: UN food convoy to war-wracked north forced to turn back

A major United Nations food convoy headed for northern Sri Lanka was today forced to turn back because of fresh fighting in the area between Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Ban condemns suicide bombing in Sri Lankan town

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today deplored the latest suicide bombing in violence-torn Sri Lanka, which has killed many people, including a retired army general, and wounded scores more.

UN food convoy reaches civilians displaced by fighting in northern Sri Lanka

A United Nations food convoy today crossed into the Vanni region of northern Sri Lanka, the scene of recent clashes between Government forces and rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), to offer a lifeline to an estimated 200,000 civilians who have been displaced by the fighting.

In Sri Lanka, UN deplores targeting of truck on its way to join food convoy

United Nations officials in Sri Lanka today deplored the placing of explosives by an unknown group on a Government truck that was due to join a UN food convoy in the north of the country, the scene of intense recent fighting between Government forces and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

UN refugee agency warns returning Sri Lankans after eight drown in accident

The United Nations refugee agency voiced sadness today at the deaths of eight Sri Lankans who drowned while attempting to return to their homeland by boat from southern India.

Sri Lankan rice production wins support from UN-backed project

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced plans today to boost rice production in districts of Sri Lanka hit hard by recent floods or conflict and by the soaring cost of many basic foods.

Sri Lanka: UN officials stress need to help civilians caught up in fighting

United Nations officials in Sri Lanka have acknowledged the Government’s announcement that it will take extra steps to improve the freedom of movement of thousands of civilians affected by recent fierce fighting in the north of the country.