Protests in Sri Lanka against coalition airstrikes on Libya

Mar 24, Colombo: Hundreds of people in Sri Lanka staged a protest outside the United Nations office in Colombo today against the western coalition-led airstrikes on Libya’s military forces and the UN’s stand on the Libyan conflict.

Around 500 members of the government alliance party, National Freedom Front (NFF) held placards and shout slogans during the protest against the UN’s “biased” behavior towards Libya and military attack on Libya by international coalition forces.

The NFF leader Wimal Weerawansa has told the media that the party condemned the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon against his support towards the United States and Britain.

The UN Chief Wednesday called again for an immediate end to violence by all parties, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973, and for the responsibility to protect civilians.

Coalition airstrikes and missiles targeted Libyan military forces for a fifth day on Wednesday to protect civilians in Libya from Muammar Gaddafi’s forces.

Sri Lanka External Affairs Minister G. L. Peiris on Wednesday condemned the airstrikes on Libya and said Sri Lanka does not approve of the US-led airstrikes.

“The airstrikes are harming civilians and are a violation of the territorial integrity of an independent country,” the Minister said in the parliament.

The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Wednesday called again for an immediate end to violence by all parties, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973, and for the responsibility to protect civilians.

Gaddafi’s regime meanwhile has alleged that dozens of civilians have been killed in the coalition attacks.

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