SRI LANKAN AMBASSADOR CALLS ON LTTE TO
RELEASE UNITED NATIONS STAFF MEMBER AND CHILDREN TAKEN BY FORCE
The Ambassador for Sri Lanka to the United States,
Jaliya Wickramasuriya today called on the LTTE terrorists to immediately
release the United Nations staff member and three dependent children
who were forcibly detained over the weekend in the conflict zone
in Sri Lanka.
"The LTTE does not respect any international
law, or even the rights of human dignity," said the Ambassador.
"If the terrorists will kidnap United Nations workers and
their family members, the world can better understand how they
treat innocent Sri Lankan civilians who are trying desperately
to flee the conflict zone and seek safety."
The Ambassador noted the children are protected
under Sri Lankan and international law from recruitment by armed
groups. The Ambassador cites this action by the terrorists as
yet another example of the ruthless nature of the terrorists and
the lengths the LTTE will go to achieve their lawless aims.
The incident over the weekend occurred in the
government declared "No Fire Zone" in the northern part
of the country. Another United Nations staff member was detained
two weeks ago and has not been released despite repeated requests
from the international community.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
16 March 2009