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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2525

UN Secretary General calls on the LTTE to remove its weapons and fighters from areas of civilian concentration

New York, 06 March, ( The United Nations e Secretary-General has called on the LTTE to remove its weapons and fighters from areas of civilian concentration, to cooperate in all humanitarian efforts calculated to relieve the suffering of civilians, and to immediately cease recruitment of children.

Statement attributable to the spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Sri Lanka said, "The Secretary-General is extremely concerned over the deteriorating situation for civilians trapped in northern Sri Lanka."

The statement said, that he has strongly deplored the mounting death toll of civilians in the area of fighting, including a significant number of children.

He added "There is an urgent need to bring this conflict to a speedy end without further loss of civilian life."

In this respect, the Secretary-General renewed his call to the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to suspend hostilities for the purposes of allowing civilians to leave the conflict zone, and allowing immediate humanitarian access to them.

Also The UN Secretary-General strongly urges the Government to begin serious efforts to resolve the underlying causes of conflict.

- Asian Tribune -

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