The European Union yesterday, in a statement released to the media, strongly condemned the eviction of Northern and Eastern Tamils from lodges in the city and described the act as a blatant violation of internationally recognized human rights.
The EU said it encourages a search for a peaceful solution to the ethnic conflict.
`Sri Lanka has genuine concerns about internal security, but the European
Union believes these violations will not enhance security and will ultimately be counter productive. The forced removal of Tamil People from the capital is likely to deepen the rift between the ethnic communities and risks intensifying the conflict`, the statement said
The EU called upon the Government to immediately stop the forced displacement of Sri Lankan citizens from Colombo and take urgent action to safeguard the rights of those already removed