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Sri Lanka experiences the largest year-on-year improvement in Global Peace Index: According to the 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI) released on June 12, Sri Lanka has achieved great improvement in the GPI. Sri Lanka's GPI score experienced the largest year-on-year improvement of the 158 nations surveyed and it climbed 27 places to 103rd position overall and 17th in the Asia Pacific region ahead of India (142) and Pakistan (149). ColomboPage, June 13, 2012.

Government demands release of vital UN report on the war: The Government is demanding the release of a vital UN report on the war, mentioned in the UN Secretary General's Panel of Experts (PoE) report on accountability issues in Sri Lanka, as the number of deaths due to war contained in the document runs counter to claim that over 40,000 people perished in the final stages of the war from January to May 2009. The vital UN report had placed the number of people killed due to fighting between August 2008 and May 13, 2009 at 7,721 including the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) combatants. The UN estimated the number of wounded persons at 18,479. The Island, June 6, 2012.

North of country is not a predominantly Tamil area, says Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa: Defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has said it is not appropriate to view the North of the country as a predominantly Tamil area. "If you are a Sri Lankan citizen you must be able to go and buy the properties from anywhere. I'm not talking about the forced settlements, I'm talking about the freedom for a Sri Lankan to live anywhere in this country," stated Rajapaksa. Daily Mirror, May 29, 2012.

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