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‘Territorial integrity’

Sri Lanka’s government Wednesday denounced the US-led air operation against the Libyan regime with a familiar refrain.

“These strikes are harming civilians and are also a violation of the territorial integrity of an independent country,” External Affairs Minister G.L.Peiris told Parliament.

The air strikes were contrary to the United Nations resolution 1973, he claimed.

Prof. Peiris was speaking in an adjournment motion moved by ruling SLFP (Sri Lanka Freedom Party) parliamentarian, A.H.M.Azwar. The motion condemned the attacks on Libya and called on other governments to do so as well.

Minister Peiris himself fell short of condemning the attacks, but all other government members who spoke on the motion did so.

No members of the Opposition spoke on the motion.

See the Sunday Times website's report here.

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