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Leave north, Lankans tell aid agencies

The Lankan government directed humanitarian agencies to leave the embattled north, saying that it can no longer ensure safety for aid workers posted in areas where the armed forces were locked in battle with the LTTE, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

world Updated: Sep 10, 2008 00:23 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis
Sutirtho Patranobis
Hindustan Times
Hindustantimes
         

The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday directed humanitarian agencies to leave the embattled north, saying that it can no longer ensure safety for aid workers posted in areas where the armed forces were locked in battle with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

The direction, which is a first and unprecedented even for a country where civil war has been raging since 1983, is being interpreted as an indication that the fight for territorial supremacy would get more intense in the coming days. The decision was taken in a high-level meeting on Monday evening. The government also decided to draw up a list of NGOs whose activities are suspect.

“It is purely because of their safety. Also, we had found that the LTTE had been using the equipment and vehicles of some these INGOs. So, we have asked them to move out of Killinochchi and make Vavuniya their hub,’’ Basil Rajapaksa, senior advisor to President Mahinda Rajapaksa, told HT.