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President reveals over 130 IS linked suspects in Sri Lanka

He said that they had failed to share prior information obtained by them over a possible terror attack in the country.The President added that he and the entire Government will also take the full responsibility for the attacks. (Colombo Gazette) The President made the revelation while speaking to local media heads in Colombo today.Speaking further, the President said that the Defence Secretary and Inspector General of Police had failed in their duties and that is why he called for their resignation. “The security forces and Police are conducting successful operations to arrest the suspects,” he said. The President said that several suspects have already been arrested following the Easter Sunday attack, and the terror network will be completely eliminated from Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena revealed that over 130 suspects linked to the Islamic State (IS) terror cell have been operating in Sri Lanka.The President said that according to available information, around 140 suspects linked to the terror network are in Sri Lanka. read more

UN Sudan envoy will raise Darfur security problems at peace talks in

Jan Pronk will head to Nigeria on Friday, according to UNMIS. The move comes amid reports from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) that almost 70,000 people were displaced by attacks on two towns in South Darfur last week, forcing already displaced persons to flee yet again.Mr. Pronk, who heads UNMIS, today returned to Khartoum after a two-day visit to Juba, southern Sudan’s capital, where he met several senior officials of the Government of South Sudan.They discussed progress on implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which ended 21 years of North-South civil war in Sudan. UNMIS said Mr. Pronk voiced dissatisfaction that many key bodies provided for in the Agreement have not been operating.The mission was deployed to support the Agreement signed between the Government of Sudan and the southern Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in Nairobi, Kenya, a year ago. It also has a mandate from the UN Security Council to provide some support to the African Union’s peacekeeping mission in Darfur, known as AMIS. Last week, responding to growing bloodshed in Darfur, Mr. Annan called on all parties to respect international humanitarian law and resolve their differences at the negotiating table in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. read more