Saturday, May 16, 2009

EU against Sri Lankan 'final assault' on Tamil rebels

(eubusiness)(BRUSSELS) - EU foreign ministers will urge the Sri Lankan government to hold back from a "final assault" against Tamil Tiger rebels, according to a draft text which expressed new concern at the civilian death toll.

"The EU calls on the government of Sri Lanka to refrain from a final assault which will result in further loss of life and to take, without delay, all necessary steps to facilitate the evacuation of the civilians trapped in the conflict zone," according to a draft statement drawn up ahead of the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels on Monday. Full text