Switzerland condemns all acts of terrorism regardless of the perpetrators and the reasons for them. Switzerland considers it especially outrageous that the attack targeted a religious celebration of the Muslim minority in the country. The FDFA hopes that the perpetrators will rapidly be identified and brought to justice to answer for their crimes.
In a humanitarian appeal it made on 5 February 2009, Switzerland recalled that “international humanitarian law proscribes the indiscriminate use of force and acts of terrorism at all times and without exception”. The FDFA reiterates its appeal for the respect of human rights and international humanitarian law as an indispensable condition for restoring peace in Sri Lanka.
At this point in time, the FDFA has no information indicating that any Swiss citizens are among the victims. The Swiss Embassy in Colombo is in close contact with the competent authorities and remains ready to provide assistance to any Swiss nationals in need as a result of the attack.
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