Sunday, May 31, 2009

UN says London Times death toll based on unreliable data

By Louis Charbonneau

(ST)UNITED NATIONS, The world will probably never find out how many innocent civilians died during the bloody final phase of Sri Lanka's war against Tamil Tiger rebels, the U.N. humanitarian chief said on Friday.

The United Nations believes that anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 people died in what was one of Asia's longest modern wars, erupting in earnest in 1983 when Tamil Tiger rebels began to fight for a separate state for Sri Lanka's minority Tamils. Full text