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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

U.S. encouraged by Sri Lanka decision to end combat operation

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 28 April (Asiantribune.com): United States Department of State spokesman Wood expressed U.S. reaction to Sri Lanka government’s decision to end combat operation in the north of Sri Lanka saying it is an encouraging development and should allow humanitarian operation to take full swing.

This is what Robert Wood said at Monday 27 April press briefing in Washington:

Question: And on Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Government has announced that they have ended the combat operations. What’s the U.S. view?

Mr.Wood: Yeah, well, we’re very encouraged by the government’s statement that it’s ending combat operations and use of heavy, you know, weaponry, and also the LTTE statement over the weekend that it was going to cease offensive military operations. We urge both sides to abide by these commitments.

We remain very concerned about the humanitarian situation in the conflict area. And it’s important that humanitarian organizations have access so that we can provide the, you know, health, medical care, and assistance that the people require. But that’s our initial response to those announcements.”

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