Sri Lanka calls for protection of civilians in Libya
Last Updated: Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 00:16
Colombo: Sri Lanka on Teusday called for restraint to ensure the safety of civilians in Libya following three days of intense air strike in the North African nation by the US-led western coalition.

"The issue of protection of the civilian population in Libya remains a concern for Sri Lanka", an External Affairs Ministry release said.

Sri Lanka said the adoption of UNSC resolution 1973 must necessarily be linked to the objective of protecting civilians and civilian populated areas.

The ministry release came as Alavi Moulana, the governor of Western Province, plans to hold a protest demonstration in the capital Colombo on Friday against the Western aggression in Libya.

He told reporters yesterday that air strikes on Libya must be condemned.

National Freedom Front, another government ally, said the Western nations are attacking Libya to plunder its oil reserves and therefore deserves condemnation.


First Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 00:16

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