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Vol. 5 Num 1137 Fri. August 10, 2007  
   
World


UN urges Lanka to disarm pro-govt paramilitary group


The United Nations on Thursday urged Sri Lanka to disarm a pro-government paramilitary group operating in the east of the island to ensure safety and security for aid workers and residents.

John Holmes, the UN undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, ended a four-day tour of the country urging de-militarisation of the troubled eastern region.

"It is important that the disarmament of the Karuna faction should happen as soon as possible," Holmes told reporters here, referring to a breakaway faction of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

"It is important that, in principle, only people bearing arms should be local authorities. Karuna operates in areas controlled by the government," he said.