Canada condemns killing of Vakarai IDPs

[TamilNet, Saturday, 11 November 2006, 05:55 GMT]
Mr. Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Friday condemned the shelling of civilians in a camp for internally displaced persons near the town of Vakarai in eastern Sri Lanka on November 8, 2006.

Peter MacKay
“This incident demonstrates once again the heavy price paid by civilians caught in this long-standing conflict,” said Minister MacKay.

“Canada urges both sides to immediately cease hostilities and return to negotiations.

"The Government of Canada continues to believe that there can be no military solution to this lengthy conflict. The targeting of non-combatants is never acceptable and is a clear violation of international humanitarian law.

"Canada calls on all parties to the conflict in Sri Lanka to strictly adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law, including the protection of civilians and the facilitation of safe and unhindered access for humanitarian agencies to reach civilians in need," statement issued by the Minister said.

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