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Tamil Tigers must surrender: UN Security Council
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Tamil Tigers must surrender: UN Security
22 April 2009
"We will not Surrender - Surrender is not a word in our lexicon.
Until our people secure freedom our struggle will continue" - Yogi,
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) � Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka must
surrender and allow civilians trapped in the battle zone to
leave, the UN Security Council president said Wednesday, 22
"We demand that the LTTE immediately lay down arms, renounce
terrorism, allow a UN-assisted evacuation of the remaining
civilians in the conflict area, and join the political
process," Claude Heller, of Mexico, told journalists after
an informal Security Council meeting.
The council president, speaking on behalf of the 15 members,
said they "strongly condemned the LTTE, a terrorist
organization, for the use of civilians as human shields and
for not allowing them to leave the area."
He said that council members also insisted that the Sri
Lankan government abide by international humanitarian law on
allowing aid access to refugees.
The meeting was not a formal session of the Security Council
and the president's statements were non-binding.