At the close of this week's plenary session on September 7, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the situation in Sri Lanka, welcoming Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s
"commitment to maximum devolution for the Tamil peoples" and called for this commitment to be given substance.
The resolution also strongly criticized the intransigence of the LTTE leadership over the years on the issue of the appalling abuse of children through their recruitment as child soldiers.
The resolution said the European Parliament repeated its "condemnation of the appalling abuse of children through the recruitment of child soldiers, which is a war crime, and calls on all rebel groups to stop this practice". The "intransigence of the LTTE leadership over the years" was also criticized.
Members of the European Parliament regretted the breakdown of peace negotiations and underscored the need for a human rights agreement between the parties.
The resolution also called on "all parties to the conflict to guarantee the security of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission", which has recently felt obliged to withdraw some of its monitors following a demand by the LTTE that all EU nationals be excluded from the SLMM.
Following is the full text of the resolution reproduced from the web site of the European Parliament:
In its resolution on Sri Lanka, Parliament highlights the deteriorating
situation in the country, the results of which have been "hundreds of
deaths, 200,000 people displaced from their homes, 500,000 civilians in
Jaffna deprived of essential food and water supplies and vital
post-tsunami reconstruction disrupted".
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