Sri Lanka: ICJ calls for full respect of Ceasefire Agreement and an end to all violence

The ICJ condemns today’s attack on the head of the Sri Lankan Army, Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka and the deaths of his five guards and three civilians, reportedly by a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) suicide bomber.

The ICJ also condemns the Sri Lankan government’s retaliatory strike against LTTE-held areas. These attacks are a consequence of the escalating violence in the North and the East of the island, which has resulted in the deaths of over 100 people, including at least 25 civilians, in the last three weeks. These attacks are blatant violations of the Ceasefire Agreement.

The ICJ is extremely concerned about the persistent violations of the Ceasefire Agreement, which continue to be committed by the LTTE and the government forces in violation of International Humanitarian Law. The ICJ remains extremely concerned about the killings and attacks against the civilian population. Indeed, in the last three weeks many Tamil and Sinhalese civilians have been killed and Tamil businesses attacked. The persistent mine attacks against Sri Lankan forces contribute to the deterioration of peace efforts and the escalation of violence. The ICJ calls on both parties to fully respect the Ceasefire Agreement and to conform with International Humanitarian Law.

The ICJ further calls on the Sri Lankan authorities to promptly and effectively investigate these crimes, attacks and breaches of the Ceasefire Agreement and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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