Sri Lanka: April 21, 2000


 With LTTE troops hammering the key northern base of Elephant Pass, the government has appointed an army general to the combined leadership of all branches of the armed forces. A retired general was appointed commander of all combat troops in all three armed forces. The government also admitted that the LTTE had again cut the A-9 (north-south) highway, which is used to supply the Elephant Pass base. The army has been unable to dislodge the LTTE from the highway. 


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