President Obama asked the LTTE to surrender and the Sri Lankan government to take greater measures to protect civilian lives . Huffington post has a report based on the statement. The Whitehouse on Youtube also has the statement up, which is included below. If you want only the relevant part, see the same statement on politico.
There are competing views as to how Obama has handled the Sri Lankan crisis, Obama’s first since assuming office. See the recent articles on TIME, accusing Obama of not handling it well, and on TNR, commending the administration for handling it well.
Update : Sri Lanka Ambassador to the US, Jaliya Wickramasuriya responds to questions raised on the Obama satement to Aljazera
In advance of Press Freedom Day, President Obama expressed his support for the ” brave men and women of the press who labor to expose truth”. AFP has a report on the statement, below are some choice excerpts.
US President Barack Obama said Friday his administration was “especially concerned” about the detention of two US journalists in North Korea and one in Iran.
“We are… especially concerned about the citizens from our own country currently under detention abroad: individuals such as Roxana Saberi in Iran, and Euna Lee and Laura Ling in North Korea,” Obama said in a statement marking World Press Freedom Day on May 3. [..]
Obama decried the jailing or active harassment of journalists that have taken place “in every corner of the globe,” including China, Cuba, Eritrea, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe.
“Emblematic examples of this distressing reality are figures like J.S. Tissainayagam in Sri Lanka, or Shi Tao and Hu Jia in China,” he said.
Obama noted that since World Press Freedom Day was first celebrated in 1993, 692 journalists have been killed as they worked “to expose truth and enhance accountability around the world.” [AFP]