Hunger in the news
13 March 2009
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged that Sri Lanka is now on the verge of defeating terrorism, and that this presented a great opportunity to restore peace, leading to reconstruction and rehabilitation in the country, according to a statement issued by Sri Lanka's presidential office on Friday. She made the remarks when speaking to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse by telephone Friday evening, said the statement. [...] Rajapakse said there were about 50,000 to 70,000 people still remaining in a very small area held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), where the LTTE was preventing the people leaving for safety outside. [...] The government was regularly sending food and medicines to all persons in the affected areas, including those held by the LTTE, with the assistance of the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) and the World Food Program, [he said].