Congress urges Sri Lanka to declare ceasefire

April 22nd, 2009 - 8:58 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) The Congress, India’s main ruling party, Wednesday urged Sri Lanka to declare ceasefire to resolve the humanitarian crisis in the island nation and allow Tamil civilians to move out of the conflict zone.
“The Indian National Congress calls upon the Sri Lankan government to declare a ceasefire so that the humanitarian crisis can be resolved in a demonstrable way,” the party said in a statement.

Quoting the India-Sri Lanka Peace Accord of 1987, the Congress appealed the Sri Lankan government for the safety of the Tamil-speaking population.

“The Congress has always advocated the fulfilment of the legitimate aspirations of the Tamil-speaking minority of Sri Lanka within the framework of a united and federal Sri Lanka. The blueprint for this solution had been worked out by late Rajiv Gandhi and forms an essential part of the India-Sri Lanka Peace Accord of 1987,” it said.

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