EU demands action over Sri Lanka attacks

COLOMBO, May 23, 2006 (AFP) – The European Union on Tuesday demanded action against those responsible for bombing three international charities operating in Sri Lanka’s embattled northeast.

The EU said the Sri Lankan government must demonstrate its commitment to ending a “culture of impunity” by bringing to justice those responsible for Sunday’s grenade attacks which wounded three people at three locations.

“The EU welcomes the governments statement condemning the attacks,” the EU office here said.

“But the EU is concerned about the lack of effective follow-up on past violent acts and the development of a culture of impunity that the government recognized last week in its address to parliament and pledged to fight.”

Tamil Tiger rebels pointed a finger at the security forces over the attacks while the military blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

“These international non-governmental agencies are also bearing witness to the terror unleashed on the Tamil people by the Sri Lankan armed forces and its paramilitaries,” the LTTE said.

The United Nations and the United States have also condemned the attacks against the charities — Inter SOS, ZOA and the