Relatives of missing Tamils plead for PM to act

Campaigners whose relatives disappeared during Sri Lanka's civil war staged protests in the northern city of Jaffna today as UK Prime Minister David Cameron became the first world leader to visit the north of the country.

Women holding pictures of their missing relatives stage a sit-down protest in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.
Women holding pictures of their missing relatives stage a sit-down protest in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Credit: Pool

Protesters - mainly women - sat in the road with pictures of the 'disappeared' and others were moved by police as they tried to thrust their pictures at vans carrying foreign journalists.

Police try to stop protesters as they thrust images of their disappeared loved ones at a reporter van.
Police try to stop protesters as they thrust images of their disappeared loved ones at a reporter van. Credit: Pool

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Sri Lanka 'has nothing to hide'

President Mahinda Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka had nothing to hide and "will take our time and we will investigate into nearly 30 years of war." Meanwhile, David Cameron said he was "committed" to keeping up pressure on Sri Lanka.