Lanka passes bill to compensate victims of civil war with LTTE
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Lanka passes bill to compensate victims of civil war with LTTE

The Sri Lankan parliament has passed a law to pay compensation to the victims of the 30-year-long separatist war between the Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE, nearly a decade after the end of the conflict that claimed at least 100,000 lives. The Office for Reparations Bill was passed on Wednesday with a 59-43 vote and it will benefit survivors and victims of the kin in several armed uprisings in the country, officials said. The long-delayed legislation had been a key demand of the international observers urging reconciliation in the ethnically divided nation. Former president Mahinda Rajapakse s supporters voted against the bill arguing that the bill would benefit separatist Tamil rebels crushed in the military campaign. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which led the separatist war for a separate Tamil homeland for three decades in the island nation, was finally crushed by the Lankan military in 2009 with the death of its supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran. Since his election in ..

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