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EU, Rajapakse condemn violence, SLMM says current violence similar to pre-2002 CFA days

Colombo, 30 November, (Asiantribune.com): The European Union as well as President Rajapakse have separately condemned latest escalation of violence in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) announced that "the violence witnessed now was similar to what was seen prior to the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) in 2002."

"The suicide killer attack targeting the Minister of Social Services and Social Welfare Douglas Devananda and the attack at the Nugegoda junction clearly targeting innocent civilians, calls for the greater attention of the international community to these attacks that demonstrate the true nature and unchanging ways of terrorists and terrorism," President Rajapakse said in a statement.

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM) on Thursday said the violence witnessed now was similar to what was seen prior to the signing of the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) in 2002.

Meanwhile the EU has condemned the attacks. "The European Union condemns yesterday's terrorist attacks in Colombo and deplores the deliberate targeting of civilians," a EU press release on Thursday said and added "These callous attacks can have no political justification and serve only to add to the suffering and grief of ordinary Sri Lankans."

"The E.U. remains gravely concerned about the welfare of civilians caught up in Sri Lanka's conflict — in Wanni, in Colombo or wherever. It expects the parties to take the utmost care to avoid civilian casualties in accordance with international humanitarian law."

- Asian Tribune -

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