April 16, 2009
BRIEFING BY RUSSIAN MFA SPOKESMAN ANDREI A. NESTERENKO REGARDING SITUATION IN SRI LANKA
According to the information from Sri Lanka, the armed forces of the country continued antiterrorist operation in the northern part of the island against terrorist grouping "Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam" (LTTE). The army is doing its utmost trying to minimize casualties among civilian population. We are seriously concerned by the fact, that the LTTE combatants, ignoring the repeated appeals by the international community, continue holding by force several tens of thousands of civilians on the territory under their control, prevent free movement of the civilians into safe zones. In fact the combatants use civil population as a "live shield". Such inhuman actions can not be justified and should be stopped immediately.