SRI LANKA’S PRESIDENT, SECRETARY-GENERAL AGREE TO ‘WORK TOGETHER URGENTLY’ IN DAYS AHEAD TO ADDRESS SHARED CONCERNS ABOUT CIVILIANS TRAPPED IN VANNI REGION

SG/SM/12178
9 April 2009

SRI LANKA’S PRESIDENT, SECRETARY-GENERAL AGREE TO ‘WORK TOGETHER URGENTLY’ IN DAYS AHEAD TO ADDRESS SHARED CONCERNS ABOUT CIVILIANS TRAPPED IN VANNI REGION

9 April 2009
Secretary-General
SG/SM/12178
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

SRI LANKA’S PRESIDENT, SECRETARY-GENERAL AGREE TO ‘WORK TOGETHER URGENTLY’ IN DAYS


AHEAD TO ADDRESS SHARED CONCERNS ABOUT CIVILIANS TRAPPED IN VANNI REGION


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:


The Secretary-General and President Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka spoke again today about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Vanni region and their shared concerns about the civilians still trapped in the area.


The President understood the Secretary-General’s deep preoccupation with the fate and condition of the civilian population.  They agreed to continue to work together urgently on ways forward in the coming days.


The Secretary-General reminds all concerned of their obligations to do all they can to protect civilians, and stresses that civilians should be allowed to leave the affected areas.


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