Coming Clean

PERALIYA, Sri Lanka, Dec 26 (AFP) – Sri Lanka Monday admitted it had failed to deliver aid effectively to a million tsunami survivors as it paid emotional tribute to the victims of last year’s catastrophe. PERALIYA, Sri Lanka, Dec 26 (AFP) – Sri Lanka Monday admitted it had failed to deliver aid effectively to a million tsunami survivors as it paid emotional tribute to the victims of last year’s catastrophe. SriLanka-Tamil-unrest
President Mahinda Rajapakse brushed aside security fears to lead the national remembrance effort with a two-minute silence in memory of an estimated 31,000 Sri Lankans who were killed in the unprecedented disaster a year ago.

Police stepped up security while the military placed anti-aircraft guns to protect the president following reports that Tamil Tiger rebels possessed light aircraft which could be flying bombs used for kamikaze-style attacks.

Rajapakse, 60, stood in silence with his head bowed after an inter-faith service at this village where over 1,000 people perished when their train was hit by giant waves.

Police blocked dozens of protestors trying to reach the ceremony venue at the Jinaratana school in Peraliya, 95 kilometres (60 miles) south of Colomb