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Summary: EU Commissioners Ferrero-Waldner and Michel on attacks in Sri Lanka (10 November 2006: Brussels)
Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Louis Michel, gave this reaction to the attack on a camp for displaced persons in Sri Lanka:
"We are deeply shocked by the attack yesterday on displaced civilians taking refuge in a school in Eastern Sri Lanka. We strongly condemn attacks which lead to loss off innocent civilian life. And which also jeopardize lives of the independent observers of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM). This is totally unacceptable and cannot be justified under any circumstances. We are deeply concerned by latest events and call on the Government of Sri Lanka to take immediate and appropriate precautions to protect civilian life and guarantee the security of SLMM.
The European Commission calls on the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) to end violations of fundamental principles of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and guarantee conditions in which humanitarian assistance can be delivered.
We urge the government of Sri Lanka and the LTTE to cease hostilities immediately, return to negotiations to resolve the ongoing conflict and to abide by the Geneva commitments. There is no military solution to the conflict. The European Commission reiterates its full support for the peace process, for the important work of the Norwegian facilitator and for the SLMM. The European Commission expresses its full support for the Oslo principles.