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US-based Hindu group asks Lanka, LTTE to declare ceasefire

A US-based Hindu advocacy group has asked both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE to declare an immediate "ceasefire" to allow "full and unhindered access" to the trapped Tamil civilians and the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian assistance to them.

world Updated: Feb 28, 2009 13:17 IST

A US-based Hindu advocacy group has asked both the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE to declare an immediate "ceasefire" to allow "full and unhindered access" to the trapped Tamil civilians and the delivery of desperately needed humanitarian assistance to them.

"We believe that the conflict cannot be solved militarily. And should be settled through a durable political solution that fulfills legitimate aspiration of all the people of Sri Lanka," said the Hindu American Federation (HAF).

In a statement, HAF expressed concern over reports that the ethnic Tamil community in Sri Lanka is becoming the victim of indiscriminate violence.

For years, it said, the Sri Lankan government has barred access in the war region to humanitarian aid, food convoys, medical supplies, journalists and other international observers.

As the Sri Lankan military has scored important victories recently, they have increasingly attacked civilians despite international outrage, HAF alleged said, criticizing Colombo for pulling out of the Norwegian brokered truce.