Joint statement on humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka (26/09/2008)

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Foreign Office Minister Lord Malloch Brown and Department for International Development Minister Shahid Malik commented on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka.

'The recent increased hostilities in the north of Sri Lanka are of acute concern to the UK Government. We welcome the Government of Sri Lanka recognising its responsibility to provide humanitarian assistance to civilians affected by the conflict and its continued co-ordination with humanitarian agencies.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Secretary of State for International Development Douglas Alexander met with President Mahinda Rajapakse of Sri Lanka in New York today to discuss this situation.

We urge the Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to take urgent action to allow free movement of civilians. We call on both parties to respect their obligations under International Humanitarian Law to enable free access for humanitarian agencies and the protection of civilians affected by the conflict.'

Notes for Editors

Sri Lanka Country Profile

UK in Sri Lanka British High Commission

DfID website

United Nations General Assembly

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