Britain and France Criticize Sri Lanka Rebels
16 Apr 09 | NYT
Britain and France issued on Thursday a strongly worded criticism of the Tamil Tiger rebels for preventing civilians from leaving the small conflict zone in the north east of Sri Lanka.
“It is clear that the L.T.T.E. have been forcefully preventing civilians from leaving the conflict area and we deplore their determination to use civilians as a human shield,” the British foreign secretary, David Miliband, and his French counterpart, Bernard Kouchner, said in a joint statement.
Sri Lanka imposed a two-day cease-fire Monday after President Mahinda Rajapaksa ordered the military to restrict operations to a defensive nature for the Sri Lankan New Year.
The cease-fire was lifted late Tuesday amid counter claims about confrontations between the Army and the Tamil Tigers, also known as the L.T.T.E., for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. >>>