Official White House Statement From The Office Of The Press Secretary:
The United States is deeply concerned about the plight of innocent civilians
caught up in the conflict between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Tamil
Tigers, and the mounting death toll. We call on both sides to stop fighting
immediately and allow civilians to safely leave the combat zone.
We call upon the Government of Sri Lanka to stop shelling the safe zone and
blocking international aid groups and media from accessing those civilians who
have managed to escape. International aid workers should have access to all
sites where internally displaced persons are being registered and sheltered.
The United States is working with international partners to attempt to care for
those civilians who can be reached.
We call on both sides to strictly adhere to their obligations under
international humanitarian law. We are very concerned about reports of
violations, and take these allegations very seriously.
It would compound the current tragedy if the military end of the conflict only
breeds further enmity and ends hopes for reconciliation and a unified Sri Lanka
in the future.