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Nine Countries and the EU “Dismayed” By Blockade of UN Office in Sri Lanka

Hot off the presses, ten embassies in Colombo issue a joint statement on the protests that forced the UN to close it's offices in Sri Lanka. 

STATEMENT BY HEADS OF MISSION OF GERMANY, UK, US, FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND, THE NETHERLANDS, ROMANIA, NORWAY AND THE EU DELEGATION

We are deeply dismayed by the blockade of the UN-compound this week in Colombo and the role played in it by a Government minister.

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A Tale of Two Sri Lankas

From the New York Times' travel section, where Sri Lanka tops the list of "31 places to go in 2010."

For a quarter century, Sri Lanka seems to have been plagued by misfortune, including a brutal civil war between the Sinhalese majority and Tamil minority. But the conflict finally ended last May, ushering in a more peaceful era for this teardrop-shaped island off India’s coast, rich in natural beauty and cultural splendors.