New York, 9 September 2008 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on Sri LankaThe Secretary-General expresses his deep concern over the increased hostilities in northern Sri Lanka, and the grave humanitarian consequences for civilians. In light of the Government's request for the relocation of UN humanitarian staff in affected areas, he reminds all concerned of their responsibility to take active steps to ensure the safety and freedom of movement of civilians, allowing humanitarian organizations to do their work in safety, as well as to reach persons affected by the fighting who need humanitarian assistance.
The Secretary-General reminds all concerned of their obligations under international humanitarian law, especially in regard to the principal of proportionality and the selection of targets.
He emphasizes strongly the importance of a negotiated settlement to the political problems facing Sri Lanka.
Statements on 9 September 2008