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* EU Delegation in Sri Lanka alarmed by communal violence, calls for restraint
Wed, Jun 18, 2014, 12:16 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 18, Colombo: The European Union Delegation in Sri Lanka said it is very alarmed by the recent violence perpetrated against the Muslim community.

The local EU Delegation, issuing a statement Wednesday in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Sri Lanka, condemned the outbreak of communal violence which resulted in the loss of lives and extensive damage to property in the Kalutara District.

"Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and those affected by the violence."

The delegation said incitement of communal violence and hatred can only be counterproductive to Sri Lanka's stability and welcomed the Sri Lankan government's assurance that it will investigate and bring to book those responsible for the incidents.

"We urge the Sri Lankan government to ensure that the rule of law is upheld. We call on all Sri Lankans to exercise restraint, respect diversity and refrain from violence, working together to achieve reconciliation," the delegation's statement said.

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