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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Media Release

National Peace Council
of Sri Lanka

12/14 Purana Vihara Road
Colombo 6
Tel: 2818344, 2854127, 2819064
Tel/Fax:2819064
E Mail: npc@sltnet.lk
Internet: www.peace-srilanka.org
11.02.09



GIVE REASSURANCE TO CIVILIANS WHO CROSS OVER


The plight of civilians trapped in the war zones still controlled by the LTTE has been one of the most tragic features of the present military conflict in Sri Lanka. These people have been subjected to repeated displacement, inadequate supplies of food and other essentials, suffered shelling and bombing, and been forcibly prevented from leaving by the LTTE.

The most recent tragedies have been the shooting dead of 19 civilians and injuring of about 70 others and the suicide bombing that took place in the midst of civilian movements out of the LTTE-controlled area that killed at least 10 civilians and injured a large number, in addition to killing 20 Sri Lankan military personnel. The National Peace Council condemns these brutal actions and calls on the LTTE to permit the movement of people according to their wishes and in terms of international law.

A reported apprehension of the people who cross over is that they will become vulnerable to a process of separating and detaining civilians by the Sri Lankan military who receive them upon their making the crossing. The recent suicide bombing indicates the possibility of LTTE cadre seeking to infiltrate with the civilians. Where there is detention of some of the people who cross over we affirm that such detentions should take place in a transparent manner in accordance with international law.

There are also reports that many people are reluctant to come out as they have family members with the LTTE, or have received training as civilian militias by the LTTE. At the present time the only international organization permitted to be in the conflict zones is the International Committee of the Red Cross. It is important that either they or some other independent agency should be present at the crossing points to provide transparency and reassurance to civilians who cross over. Such a course of action will enhance the credibility of the government and facilitate the movement of people to safety.

Governing Council
The National Peace Council is an independent and non partisan organisation that works towards a negotiated political solution to the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka. It has a vision of a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka in which the freedom, human rights and democratic rights of all the communities are respected. The policy of the National Peace Council is determined by its Governing Council of 20 members who are drawn from diverse walks of life and belong to all the main ethnic and religious communities in the country.

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