Thursday, May 14, 2009

UN Security Council says Sri Lanka has a legitimate right to combat LTTE terrorism



May 14, Colombo: Strongly condemning the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for its acts of terrorism over many years, the United Nations Security Council said the Sri Lankan government has a legitimate right to combat terrorism in the country.

At the request of the European Union members of the UN Security Council, UK, France and Austria, the Council held an informal meeting on Sri Lanka on Wednesday at the UN headquarters in New York and issued a strongly worded press statement. The Council strongly condemned the LTTE for its acts of terrorism over many years, and for its continued use of civilians as human shields, and acknowledged the legitimate right of the Government of Sri Lanka to combat terrorism.

It further demanded the LTTE to lay down its arms and allow the tens of thousands of civilians still in the conflict zone to leave.

The members of the Security Council expressing their deep concern over reported use of heavy weapons in the conflict zone said they expect the Sri Lankan government to fulfill its promise not to use heavy weapons.

The Sri Lankan government has repeatedly denied firing heavy weapons into the no-fire zone where thousands of civilians are held as human shields by the LTTE.

The Security Council demanded that both warring parties respect their obligations under international humanitarian law.

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