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Statement by Executive Director of UNICEF on the situation of children in Sri Lanka


NEW YORK, 12 May 2009 - “Thousands of children remain trapped by the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka, putting their lives at serious risk. It is unacceptable that children continue to be the innocent victims of this ongoing conflict.

“Children caught in the crossfire lack adequate access to medicine, water and food. Safe humanitarian access to these children is critical to their well-being.

“Civilians should be allowed to move away from the conflict zone to safe areas and maximum restraint should be exercised by both parties, including halting the use of heavy weapons in densely populated areas.

“UNICEF joins the United Nations Secretary-General in calling on both sides to adhere to their obligations under international humanitarian law.”

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