Created: Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Office of the Resident / Humanitarian Coordinator
for Sri Lanka
The UN in Sri Lanka acknowledges the announcement by the Government of Sri Lanka of additional measures that are intended to facilitate the freedom of movement of civilians who have been affected by fighting in the Vanni. Measures that comply with international obligations governing the protection of civilians during armed conflict provide vital options for civilians as they make individual choices about where to seek safety and succor.
The UN remains fully committed to assisting the Government in its efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to those civilians who remain in the Vanni and to those civilians who leave the Vanni. Measures must be taken to prevent displacing people from their homes and livelihoods.
The UN has also raised with the LTTE its urgent concern that civilians be allowed maximum freedom of movement at all times.