Body of missing sailor found

The body of the sailor who went missing yesterday after a Navy boat had capsized during the victory day celebrations, was found in Bambalapitiya today.The boat which capsized had been salvaged by last night, officials said today. One Navy sailor was reported missing yesterday while three others were rescued when their boat capsized during the victory day parade at Galle Face.However the police and the navy refused to comment on the incident yesterday. (Colombo Gazette)

UN blocked in attempt to check reports of Rwandan troops in DR

In a dispatch from Kinshasa, the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) reported that UN military observers sent to the eastern province of North Kivu were denied access to a military camp, and blocked in attempts to speak to soldiers in another.”MONUC denounces these obstacles to its verification operations and considers that such practices may lead people to consider the allegations as not being without foundation,” the statement said.The Mission said it would continue with verification attempts “aimed at establishing the truth on the alleged presence of Rwandan troops in the eastern DRC, which risks jeopardizing the encouraging progress made in the normalization of relations between the two countries.”MONUC also said it “reiterates its suggestion for joint verification teams to be put in place, for the sake of impartiality and transparency.” read more