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US wants respect for civilian rights in Sri Lanka

[New Kerala, Saturday, 7 March 2009 11:06 No Comment]

The United States has called on both sides in the conflict in Sri Lanka to respect the rights of non-combatants and allow humanitarian aid to flow freely to those who need it, especially in the Northern region of the country.

State Department’s Acting Deputy Spokesman Gordon Duguid, who made this statement yesterday said, the United States wanted non-hindrance of humanitarian aid into the northern parts of Sri Lanka where the situation is causing concern.

He said US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Robert Blake recently made a trip to the North ”to try and work with our partners on the ground to help ensure that humanitarian aid is getting through.” ”People do need supplies. Internally displaced people need to be allowed to leave conflict zone should they wish to do so, and that should be facilitated by both sides,” the Spokesman said.

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