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Violence in Sri Lanka has increased recently, and this puts many relief workers, helping to rebuild the country after the tsunami, in great danger.

Archbishop speaks of fears over Sri Lanka (02/01/06)

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The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has added his voice to those of Christian leaders in Sri Lanka urging a new impetus for peace with justice on the island, amidst fears of a resumption of full-scale hostilities there.

Over Christmas and New Year the Cardinal visited Sri Lanka for a tour of tsunami-affected areas in the company of the director of the development agency Cafod, Chris Bain. One of the areas was the mainly Tamil Batticaloa and Ampara districts on the east coast.

In the course of his visit the Cardinal met both the Sri Lankan president and representatives of the Tamil community. He urged political and religious leaders to unite for the sake of peace.

Aid agencies operating in Sri Lanka say the upsurge in violence in the north and the east in recent weeks is hampering relief work and putting aid workers in peril, according to the BBC.

Nearly 80 Sri Lankan security personnel and about 50 civilians have been killed in the last two months, prompting fears that another full-scale war is not far off.

But there are hopes for peace ahead of talks in Geneva next month between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil LTTE.

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