SRI LANKA: UN urges investigations of deaths and more security for aid workers

August 6, 2007

"United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes has strongly urged Sri Lanka to conclude slow-moving investigations into the year-old killing of 17 humanitarian workers even as humanitarian agencies said security concerns were slowing down aid delivery...Describing the gunning down on 6 August 2006, of the Action Contre la Faim (ACF) employees in eastern Muttur town in Trincomalee District, as the 'single worst crime committed against humanitarian workers in recent history,' Holmes, who is on a four-day visit to the island, asked the government to do everything possible to prevent a recurrence of such a tragedy...Humanitarian agencies complain that the militiamen threaten workers and demand materials and equipment meant for the displaced people."