Civilian welfare is our concern: Sri Lankan minister

April 24th, 2009 - 8:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 24 (IANS) Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama Friday said his government was doing its utmost to ensure that Tamil civilians were freed from the Tamil Tiger clutches.
“What’s important is that civilians are totally free from the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam). Ultimately, what matters most to us is the interests of civilians,” Bogollagama told Karan Thapar in an interview aired on CNBC-TV 18 news channel.

“We have taken every concern on board to address humanitarian issues,” he said. “We want to settle internally displaced persons in their natural habitat.”

Over 107,000 civilians have escaped from the war zone in Mullaitivu district since the Sri Lankan military launched a “final assault” against the Tamil Tigers.

Asked about the fate of LTTE leader V. Prabhakaran, the minister said: “He is as much wanted in Sri Lanka as he is wanted in India. Fate will decide his death ultimately.”

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