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Monday, January 10, 2005

Annan hopes tsunami relief will boost peace in Lanka

The United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan hopes that the inter-ethnic cooperation which he saw in tsunami-hit Sri Lanka, will accelerate the peace process in the war-torn island.

Addressing the media in Colombo on Sunday, Annan said that the cooperation between the Tamils, Sinhalas and Muslims, which he saw in Hambantota and Trincomalee, was "extraordinary."

In Hambantota, in the predominantly Sinhala South, he saw a mosque housing people of all religions. In the Tamil area of Trincomalee, he found Tamil and Muslim children playing together in a relief camp housed in a school.

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