[ BBC ] - [ Feb 24, 2012 18:07:12 GMT ]
Sri Lankan government statistics put the death toll in the north of the country during the final phase of the war at 9,000, the BBC has learned. More than 7,000 of the deaths appear to be directly related to the military battle three years ago. It is the first set of government figures given for casualties, which have been the subject of heated dispute between the government and critics. A report commissioned by Ban Ki-Moon put the death toll at up to 40,000. [ full story
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