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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Government claims kidnapping did not take place

[b]Government claims kidnapping did not take place near Welikanda check point: US calls for restraint from both parties [/b]

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting for Asian Tribune

[b]Colombo, 01 February, ( [/b]Amidst conflicting reports of the kidnapping of the alleged five Tamil Rehabilitation Organization (TRO) members by unidentified gunmen, the United States has called upon both the Government and the LTTE to exercise restraint and calm, especially in the run-up to the cease-fire talks in Geneva.

Issuing a release in Colombo, the US Embassy expressed its concern about the reported January 30 kidnapping of the five TRO members at Welikanda in Polonnaruwa District. "The Embassy urges the relevant authorities to rapidly investigate these allegations," the release added.

Five (5) staff members traveling from the Batticaloa office to Vavuniya for an accounting workshop have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen after passing through the Welikanda, (Polonnaruwa District) Sri Lankan Army Checkpoint at approximately 16:00 hours January 30, 2006.

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