Saturday, April 25, 2009

EU Condemned LTTE for holding civilians as human shield

Prague, 25 April, ( In a declaration, the European Union Presidency has expressed deep concern about the large number of civilian casualties and deteriorating humanitarian situation in the North of Sri Lanka.

The Presidency on behalf of the EU has condemned in the strongest possible terms the LTTE for the use of civilians as human shields. Both the Government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE must fully comply with international humanitarian law and ensure the protection of civilians at all times.

The EU has also called on the Government of Sri Lanka to make steps towards an inclusive and peaceful political process. The statement said that, The EU believes this is the only way in which lasting peace in Sri Lanka will be achieved. "It encourages all stakeholders in Sri Lanka to urgently engage in such process in a responsible way to enable progress be made in finding a lasting political solution to the concerns of all communities in Sri Lanka."

The EU repeats its earlier calls for the LTTE to renounce terrorism and violence.

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