Allow humanitarian access to IDP camps in SL: US lawmakers

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 4, 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 4, 2009 - 23:24

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