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Miliband on UN role in Sri Lanka

May 12, 2009

BBC – Miliband on UN role in Sri Lanka

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British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said the civilian situation in Sri Lanka merited the attention of the UN at all levels.

Speaking at the UN headquarters in New York he told reporters: “There is no question that civilian life is being lost on a large scale.”

Mr Miliband is co-hosting an informal meeting on the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka.

Jerusalem Post – British, French Austrian FMs urge UNSC action on Sri Lanka

The British, French and Austrian foreign ministers urged the UN Security Council on Monday to take action to prevent more killings of civilians in Sri Lanka’s northern war zone.

“Are we waiting, all of us, to the end of the bombing, to the end of any life – not only suffering, but any life in this siege pocket?,” asked French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner.

Sri Lanka is not on the council’s agenda because Russia and China, both veto-wielding permanent members, along with Japan and Vietnam, consider the war between the government and the Tamil Tigers an internal matter – not a threat to international peace and security.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed deep concern Monday “over any events when civilians are suffering” but gave no indication that Moscow would change its position.

BBC – Outrage grows over Tamil deaths

Reuters – Britain, UN appalled by ‘blood bath’ in Sri Lanka

Bloomberg – Civilian Death Toll in Sri Lanka ‘Unacceptably High,’ U.S. Says

The civilian death toll in Sri Lanka is “unacceptably high,” the U.S. said, joining the United Nations and Britain in demanding an end to the conflict after hundreds of mostly ethnic Tamils were killed at the weekend.

AFP – EU Diplomats Urge UN To Focus On Sri Lankan Crisis

Top diplomats from the U.K., France and Austria Monday asked the U.N. Security Council to address the “appalling” crisis in Sri Lanka, where thousands of civilians have died in recent months.

“The humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka is something the Security Council should address,” U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband said during a joint press encounter with his counterparts from France, Bernard Kouchner, and Austria, Michael Spindelegger.

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