Allow humanitarian access to IDP camps in SL: US lawmakers
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 04, 2009, 23:24
Washington: US lawmakers have urged the Rajapaksa government to allow robust humanitarian access to the displaced persons camp in Sri Lanka.

Introducing a resolution to this effect in the House of Representative, Congressman Howard Berman, said in a speech on the floor of the House yesterday that the Sri Lankan Government must provide the international community with a transparent and implementable road map for the release of the remaining IDPs.

This resolution calls upon the Sri Lanka to expeditiously release its internally displaced Tamil population from military-guarded camps and begin the process of political reconciliation.

"While the US and the international community welcome the end to this bloody war and congratulate the Government of Sri Lanka on its military victory, it is now time for the government to accelerate the process of releasing the hundreds of thousands of ethnic Tamils from the squalor camps where they have been confined," Berman said.

For the safety of its own citizens who seek a return to normalcy, Sri Lanka should turn the camps over to proper civilian authorities and allow frequent, unconditional, and uninhibited access to the United Nations, the International Committee on the Red Cross, and other aid groups.

Berman is Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, November 04, 2009, 23:24

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