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Sri Lankan Govt, LTTE need to live up to their words: US

April 29, 2009

PTI – Sri Lankan Govt, LTTE need to live up to their words: US

Washington (PTI): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been in touch over phone with Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on the Sri Lankan Tamils issue, the US said, even as it asked Colombo and the LTTE to “live up to their words”.

“I know the Secretary (of State) in recent days spoke to the Indian Foreign Minister Mukherjee. There have been lots of phone calls going on about the situation,” State Department spokesman Robert Wood said here, confirming there has been highest level of contact between the countries on the issue.

“We’re very worried about the humanitarian situation on the ground. We have called on both the government and the LTTE to live up to their obligations.

“They’ve said certain things… the government saying it would not engage in further combat operations; the LTTE said it would not carry out other military operations. They need to live up to their words,” Wood said.

Earlier, the Sri Lankan Government said though the combat operations in the northern war zone have ended, troops are continuing a sweep to bring about a “total defeat” of the Tamil Tigers in the quarter-century old insurgency.

It said the operations were aimed at rescuing the remaining 15,000-20,000 people still held hostage by the LTTE.

Wood said the US will continue to work diplomatically to try to get the two sides to cease military activities and allow people caught up in the conflict to get food and medical supplies that they need.

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