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UN pushes for access to Sri Lankan battlefields

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Sri Lanka claims victory over Tamils

AP Video - Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 9:40 EDT

President Mahinda Rajapaksa delivered a victory address to parliament Tuesday, declaring that his country had been "liberated" from terrorism

Associated Press

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Aid groups and the United Nations pushed for access to Sri Lanka's former battlefields today to treat and evacuate any wounded civilians stranded there, as the country celebrated a holiday to honour the military's victory over the Tamil Tiger rebels.

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