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Ban expresses concern over plight of Tamil civilians in Lanka

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has expressed “grave concern” over the plight of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians caught up in the fight between Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE.

world Updated: Feb 11, 2009 09:58 IST

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon has expressed “grave concern” over the plight of tens of thousands of Tamil civilians caught up in the fight between Sri Lankan Army and the LTTE.

Replying to a question at his press conference on Tuesday, Ban said that he had telephoned President Mahinda Rajapaksa from India and expressed his “deep concern” over the high number of civilian casualties.

Rajapaksa, the UN chief said, assured him that he would take all measures to safeguard the civilian population.

“I stressed that all actions must be taken consistent with principles of international humanitarian law,” Ban added.