The European Union yesterday said it was `extremely worried by the increase in violence that is affecting Sri Lanka.`
`The brutality of the conflict is appalling and major violations of international humanitarian law are perpetrated in a climate of impunity,` European Commission Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO) Chief Louis Michel said while providing a Euro 15 million humanitarian package to help conflict-affected people in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu, India.
He said he was deeply shocked by the deliberate attacks against relief organisations and it had caused the death of at least 25 aid workers since April 2006. This is totally unacceptable.
`Aid agencies need to have access to victims with full security and protection for their personnel. I urge all parties to respect international humanitarian law and condemn any attack against humanitarian operations and workers,` he said in a statement.
It also said this new allocation, including a specific Euro 3 million for food aid activities, would cover basic needs such as shelter, water, sanitation, food security and healthcare.
Projects will be implemented by the Commission`s humanitarian partners already working in the field - NGOs, UN agencies and the ICRC, the statement added.