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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2643

Tokyo Co-Chairs meet on Sri Lanka

By Wajid Ali Syed - Washington Correspondent

Washington, 14 April, ( Representatives of the Tokyo Co-Chairs - The US, EU, Norway, and Japan - convened a second conference call on Monday morning to discuss the humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher participated for the United States.

The conversation took place during a conference call initiated by the State Department.

The meeting discussed the situation and concern for the safety of more than a hundred thousand people trapped by the conflict between government forces and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in a narrow strip of land in northern Sri Lanka, says State department spokesperson Robert Wood.

The Co-Chairs welcomed the 48-hour halt to military operations announced by the Sri Lanka government on April 12 and are looking for the civilians to be released and for the fighting to be ended without further bloodshed.

The meeting members urged both sides to facilitate the immediate shipment of urgently needed food and medicine, and facilitate the immediate evacuation of the sick and wounded.

The members also reiterated their call for the Tamil Tigers to permit freedom of movement for the civilians trapped in the conflict zone. State department says that the Co-Chairs remain in close contact and will continue their discussions of the situation in Sri Lanka.

- Asian Tribune -

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