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Last updated: 12 November, 2008 - Published 19:19 GMT
 
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ICRC pulls out from Omanthai
 
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ICRC says the pull out is a result of 'few incidents' on Tuesday
The international Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) has decided to temporarily suspend their presence at Omanthai checkpoint in northern Sri Lanka.

Alexandra Mathievich, the ICRC spokesperson in Colombo told BBC Sandeshaya that the decision was taken due to ‘general insecurity’ in the area.

“This is particularly linked to few incidents and increase in hostility on the 11 November,” she told BBC Sinhala service.

Ms. Mathievich did not elaborate on the incidents.

The ICRC spokesperson added that the ICRC needs to obtain new security assurances from both the LTTE as well as from the Sri Lanka government before the ICRC return to the checkpoint.

Ms. Mathievich insisted that the pull out does not affect ICRC operations in rebel-held Vanni.

“The fact that we have temporarily suspended our presence in Omanthai does not affect in any way the ICRC activities in the Vanni,” she said.

 
 
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