Saturday, May 16, 2009

Civilian suffering cannot be justified: CommonWealth

(TH)London (PTI): Expressing deep concern at the escalating humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka, the Commonwealth on Friday asked all sides to abide by the principles of international humanitarian law and urgently ensure safety of civilians trapped in the violent conflict.

Kamalesh Sharma, the Commonwealth Secretary General, said the LTTE must immediately stop the deplorable use of civilians as human shields and the Sri Lankan Government should maintain its stated commitment not to engage in combat operations involving heavy weaponry in the conflict zone. Full text