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SheWhoMustBeObeyed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 06:29 AM
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Annan stopped from seeing Tamil areas
Annan stopped from seeing Tamil areas
By David Fox

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's government has stopped visiting U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan from touring tsunami-ravaged areas controlled by its Tamil Tiger rebel foes, despite his requests, officials say.


The fact Sri Lanka's worst natural disaster had given both sides a common enemy to fight even raised hopes it could act as a catalyst for long-elusive lasting peace.

But the rebels have since accused the government of scrimping on aid and deliberately diverting assistance away from their areas, and the verbal sniping is building up again.

"(Annan) hasn't gone to Ireland and met with the IRA, he hasn't gone to Spain and met with Basque (rebels)," a government official told Reuters, again on condition of anonymity. "There doesn't seem to have been a precedent. ...Usually receiving governments also do give guarantees of security and so in areas where security forces cannot travel, and hence cannot be a part of it, I think that also might have been a consideration."
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 07:01 AM
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1. Last time I checked
neither Ireland or Spain haven't been hit by a major tsunami either? They are trying to compare apples and oranges it seems. Makes me believe that they are deliberately not allowing anything into this area, including aid.
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