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British, French, Swedish FMs to visit Sri Lanka: Miliband

April 27, 2009

The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Sweden will visit Sri Lanka on Wednesday, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said after Colombo rejected a ceasefire declared by Tamil Tiger rebels.

“I will be visiting Sri Lanka on Wednesday, 29 April, together with my French and Swedish counterparts,” Miliband said in a statement on Sunday.

“My priority will be to address the humanitarian situation in northern Sri Lanka and the continuing grave risk to civilians in the conflict zone.”

He welcomed the ongoing visit to Sri Lanka by UN humanitarian affairs chief John Holmes, and called on the Colombo government to reinstate an earlier ceasefire to allow civilians to move to safety.

“We reiterate and maintain our call for a ceasefire for humanitarian reasons,” Miliband said, adding: “The safety of civilians is of paramount importance.”

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