France condemns Sri Lanka rebels, wants U.N. meeting
France finally understood what exactly happening in Sri Lanka and the reality behind the claim of LTTE that civilians are staying with them because of their support for "Eelam" and their love towards the terrorists.
On Monday, 20 April 2009, a pro - LTTE protest by Tamils turned violent and the French authorities arrested around 160 of protersters. The pro-LTTE tamils hoisted the French tricolor along with LTTE red flag.They also showed posters calling Indian politicians are demons.
PARIS (Reuters) - France on Wednesday condemned Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels for preventing civilians from fleeing the country's war zone and called for a meeting of the U.N. Security Council on the conflict.
Thousands of civilians surged out of the war zone on Wednesday, while soldiers and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels fought the apparent endgame of Asia's longest-running war despite calls to protect those trapped.
"The LTTE's refusal to let civilian populations flee the area is unacceptable and flouts international humanitarian law," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and his junior minister for human rights, Rama Yade, said in a statement.
By Wednesday morning, government troops had captured about a third of the remaining Tiger-held area, which had been an army-declared no-fire zone until soldiers marched in and turned it into the conflict's final conventional battlefield.