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Sri Lankan president says army operations will continue

Sri Lankan president says army operations will continueColombo - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared that "humanitarian operations" by the military to rescue civilians held hostage by Tamil rebels were to continue unabated, a state-run newspaper said Thursday.

Sri Lankan navy destroys six LTTE sea tiger boats, kills 25 rebels

Sri Lankan navy destroys six LTTE sea tiger boats, kills 25 rebelsColombo, Apr 29: Sri Lankan Navy''s elite Special Boat Squadron (SBS) and Fast Attack Craft (FAC) on Wednesday destroyed six LTTE sea tiger boats killing twenty-five sea tigers off Mullaithivu.

A Lankan Army spokesperson informed that four suicide craft laden with high explosives and two enemy attack craft mounted with high caliber weapons were destroyed in the Naval gun fire.

Miliband meets Sri Lankan counterpart, calls for cease-fire

Miliband meets Sri Lankan counterpart, calls for cease-fireColombo, Apr. 29 : British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has met with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and urged him and the Sri Lankan Government to put a cease-fire in place.

Bogollagama is reported to have told Miliband and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner that Colombo is doing everything possible to save innocent Tamil civilians trapped in a six kilometre area along with the rebel LTTE in the northern part of the country.

British, French foreign ministers meet Sri Lankan leaders

Sri LankaColombo- The foreign ministers of Britain and France met with their Sri Lankan counterpart Wednesday amid protests from Buddhist monks calling for an end to foreign interference in Colombo's war against Tamil separatist rebels in the north-east of the country. British Foreign Minister David Miliband and his French counterpart, Bernard Kouchner, met behind closed doors with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama and were due to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksa later in the day before visiting refugee camps in the Vavuniya area, 254 kilometres north of Colombo.

Sri Lanka Army claims capture of another LTTE post

Sri Lanka Army claims capture of another LTTE postColombo, Apr. 29 : The 58th division of the Sri Lankan Army has reportedly captured another LTTE post in Rettavaikkal.

Army officials said that the Rettavaikkal is a tactically important location considering the LTTE''s hold has been reduced to less than six square kilometers of territory.

According to reports, the army continues to mount pressure on the Tamil Tigers breaking through their two defensive fortifications in the no-fire zone on Tuesday.

Army sources said that they are yet to capture LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran.

British, French foreign ministers begin visit to Sri Lanka

British, French foreign ministers begin visit to Sri LankaColombo (dpa) ? The foreign ministers of Britain and France were set Wednesday to visit thousands of displaced people in northern Sri Lanka, while government officials said the army was concentrating on rescuing civilians trapped in the last remaining area held by Tamil rebels.

British Foreign Minister David Miliband and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner are to meet Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama, President Mahinda Rajapaksa before visiting refugee camps in the Vavuniya area, 254 kilometres north of Colombo.

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