Government assures international flights will return to Mattala

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The Government today assured that international flights will return to Mattala from the end of this year.The only international airline operating to Mattala had suspended its flights to the airport last month. UAE-based Fly Dubai had suspended its operations to the Mattala international airport owing to commercial reasons.Speaking at an event today, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that earlier only birds landed at Mattala but now the Government hopes to have commercial flights operating from the airport. He said that international flights are expected to resume operations at Mattala from the end of this year.

UN troops in DR of Congo exchange fire with persons coming from

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The troops were deployed not far from the frontier post called Ruzizi1, on the River Ruzizi, near Bukavu, a university town in the Ruzizi Valley and between lakes Kivu and Tanganyika.The UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said it sent a team of military observers to Rwanda to make enquiries.Rwanda has said that despite its recent threats, it has sent no troops into the DRC to disarm Hutu rebels accused of carrying out the 1994 genocide which killed up to 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.MONUC has found evidence indicating the presence of organized armed forces in the eastern DRC within the month, but says it has been unable to identify them.