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Call for Christmas cease-fire in Sri Lanka: CEN 12.19.08 December 19, 2008

Posted by geoconger in Church of Ceylon, Church of England Newspaper, Terrorism.
The Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops of Ceylon have called for a Christmas ceasefire in strife torn Sri Lanka.

On Dec 17 the Bishop of Colombo, the Rt Rev Duleep de Chickera and the Bishop of Kurunegala, the Rt Rev Kumara Ilangasinghe along with three Roman Catholic bishops asked that in the “spirit of Christmas,” the government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) — the Tamil Tigers — “declare a truce to include Christmas and the New Year.”

The 25-year-old civil war waged between the majority Sinhalese government and Tamil separatists in the north and east of Sri Lanka has left over 63,000 dead and tens of thousands displaced by the fighting. Both the Tamil Tigers and the government have come under criticism for their conduct towards civilians in the disputed regions.

Read it all in the Church of England Newspaper.

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