Calling for cessation of hostilities and steps to find a political solution to end the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, France on Thursday said measures should be immediately taken to protect the civilian population caught up in the war between the Lankan army and the LTTE.
"It is important that a political solution is found to the present conflict (in Sri Lanka) which would benefit the people and one that pledges a durable and just peace," said a communication from the French External Affairs Ministry, released to media by its Consul General in Puducherry.
France "is keenly watching with concern the recent developments with respect to humanitarian aspects in Sri Lanka. All the conflicting parties should do everything necessary to put in place a mechanism to protect the civilian population, which now finds itself in the war zones." It also stated that the protection of the civilian population "is of utmost importance now. It is particularly compulsory that the humanitarian organisations are allowed to come to their help and to evacuate the wounded. We join all those who call for a cessation of hostilities."