The army offensive on the Vanni front has reached a decisive stage with troops opening up escape routes for civilians trapped in the war zone, east of the A9.
The 58 and 55 Divisions had punched holes in the rapidly deteriorating LTTE defence on the eastern flank, thereby allowing civilians to reach the army, directing operations against the shrinking last enemy stronghold. Army Chief Lt. General Sarath Fonseka recently said that the...
Mennon here today
Indian Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon will arrive in Colombo today to ascertain the present situation in the country.He is expected to hold talks with the President and Defence Secretary.