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Protection of the civilian population in Libya remains a concern for Sri Lanka

Statement by Ministry of External Affairs, Sri Lanka

The issue of protection of the civilian population in Libya remains a concern for Sri Lanka, as indeed for the rest of the international community. In fact, it is this very same concern that led to the adoption of UNSC Resolution 1973.

Hence, the measures taken under this Resolution must be linked to the objective of protecting civilians and civilian populated areas. Their plight must not be allowed to deteriorate because of the use of violence. We urge on all parties the need for restraint in order to ensure the safety of civilians.

Even as the security of the civilians continues to be re-established, it would be important to move swiftly towards a process of resolving differences through peaceful means and dialogue. Sri Lanka which has a longstanding relationship with Libya, deeply desires the early commencement of such a process.

Colombo

22nd March 2011

7 Comments

What sinhala barbaric joke...

Posted by: J.MUTHU | March 22, 2011 11:26 AM

This must be the joke of the century!!! I just could not believe my eyes!!! This statement coming from Sri Lanka, which has deliberately starved, bombed, shelled, shot, deprived of food and medicine, (for years to the Vanni people) drove them from village to village like hunted animals!! Bombed hospitals, temples, schools, with people sheltering inside(knowing very well)!! In the final movement buried them in their bunkers alive!!!

Even after two years, they are not allowed to go to their former residents, their farms are given away to their favoured sinhalese people, while they are living under trees. Even the International aid intended for the victims are stolen and diverted to sinhalse beneficiaries!!

This government is not only wicked, but great actors!!!

Posted by: silva | March 22, 2011 12:35 PM

"We urge on all parties the need for restraint in order to ensure the safety of civilians"

de ja vu anyone?

Posted by: dingiri | March 23, 2011 07:56 AM

Protection of the civilian population in North & East of SL, remains a concern for Sri Lankan Tamils!

Posted by: Suresh M | March 23, 2011 12:39 PM

Siva,First of all it's a diplomatic language to remind the west that they accused the Sri Lanka of the same things they are doing now. tit for tat nothing else. As for tis allegation:"This statement coming from Sri Lanka, which has deliberately starved, bombed, shelled, shot, deprived of food and medicine, (for years to the Vanni people) drove them from village to village like hunted animals!! Bombed hospitals, temples, schools, with people sheltering inside(knowing very well)!! In the final movement buried them in their bunkers alive!!!
"we sinhalese knows very well that It is Prabhakaran and LTTE who took these people hostage and taking from place to place.GOSl gave this sevaral opportunities to stop that come to army side. LTTE did not allow civilians to leave. And delibaerately starved is utter lie too. Because Sri lanka is the only country send food and other material to rebel held areas. Unashamedly LTTE officials and teachers etc drew government salaries too. So wehn you bomb hospitals etc don't forget your suicide bombing to add and money you sent LTTE to fund those bombings.

Posted by: gamaya1 | March 24, 2011 05:01 AM

silva and Muthu:

Can you tell us how many of our buses, trains and public places that Tamil suicide bombers had blasted in Sri Lanka and how many young, old and sick people were killed and how many were maimed since ITAK passed a resolution and declared war on Sri Lanka Government at a mass rally in Waddukkodai on May 14th, 1976. In that resolution, ITAK urged Tamils to take up arms and never to lay it down until Eelam is won. Though I do not like to say it; Tamils reaped what they saw.

On May 18th 2009, we had send all the remaining bombers to hell and Sri Lanka is at peace since.
Leela

Posted by: Leela | March 25, 2011 12:33 PM

Leela is asking

"silva and Muthu: Can you tell us how many of our buses, trains and public places that Tamil suicide bombers had blasted in Sri Lanka and how many young, old and sick people were killed and how many were maimed since ITAK passed a resolution and declared war on Sri Lanka Government at a mass rally in Waddukkodai on May 14th, 1976. In that resolution, ITAK urged Tamils to take up arms and never to lay it down until Eelam is won. Though I do not like to say it; Tamils reaped what they saw".

Leela(ratne),
Can you kindly tell the readers here how many?? I like to know.

Also can you deny that all Governments from 1948 (right from independence) discriminated against the Tamil citizens --- Disenfranchising of Upcountry Tamils, Sinhala Only act, Standardisation for entry to Universities, Colonisation of Sinhaese in Tamil areas, just to name a few cases-- and that was the reason for the 1976 UNANIMOUS resolution by democatically elected Members of Parliament?

Posted by: SJV | April 4, 2011 01:17 PM

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