EU calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Sri Lanka

EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel on Thursday called for a ceasfire between Sri Lankan forces and Tamil rebels to allow trapped civilians to flee the combat zone. “This is an escalating humanitarian catastrophe. We are extremely worried about the terrible situation facing people trapped in the fighting,” in the combat zone in the northeast of the island, Michel said in a statement. “Everything must be done to prevent the suffering of the population and stop further bloodshed and I therefore urge that a window of cessation of hostilities be agreed by the parties to allow civilians to leave the combat zone,” he urged.

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