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SL monks protest UK Foreign Minister’s visit

April 29, 2009

AFP : Monks protest Miliband visit
Monk legislators from the ruling coalition accused Mr Miliband, who arrived in Colombo earlier on Wednesday with his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner, of supporting ‘terrorism’. The two ministers are in Sri Lanka to press demands for a ceasefire in the government’s war against Tamil Tiger rebels. ‘Mr Miliband is not a representative of the civilised world, he is a representative of terrorists,’ a monk shouted as police kept a close watch on the hundreds of demonstrators.
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Meanwhile, British and French foreign ministers have called for an immediate cease-fire in Sri Lanka –
“Now is the time for the fighting to stop,” British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told reporters. “Protection of civilians is absolutely paramount in our minds.” Miliband and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner also called on the government to allow aid workers access to the war zone where an estimated 60,000 civilians remain trapped. However, Kouchner said the government had denied their request.
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