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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 March, 2005, 17:33 GMT
After the tsunami

In a HARDtalk interview on Tuesday 22nd March Zeinab Badawi talks to Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar.

Sri Lanka suffered the second highest number of casualties in the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Thirty thousand people died and one million were left homeless. Three months on, what is the state of affairs in a country already ravaged by the effects of thirty years of civil war?

The tsunami disaster was seen as an opportunity to re-start stalled peace talks but it seems to have only heightened tensions, with accusations the government is deliberately withholding aid from going to controlled areas.

HARDtalk spoke with Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister about reconstruction efforts and the tense situation between the government and the LTTE, Tamil Tiger rebel group.

HARDtalk can be seen on BBC World at 04:30 GMT,1130 GMT, 1530 GMT, 1930 GMT, 0030 GMT

It can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30 and 23:30

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