Petrol Bombs thrown at SL Embassy Berlin (updated)

· Minister Steinmeier demands Protection for civilians in NFZ Sri Lanka
· Germany donates 4,7 Mil. Euros to help IDPs in Sri Lanka
· Demonstrators in Berlin throw rotton Eggs at the Chinese Embassy
· Violent youth attack German Police, 8 Tamils arrested.

From our correspondent Lalith Ganhewa in Germany

(April 24, Berlin, Sri Lanka Guardian) "I urgently appeal to both parties involved in the conflict in Sri Lanka, to insure the protection of civilians and international humanitarian law to be respected", said the German Foreign Minister, Vice-Chancellor and the next chancellor candidate off the Social Democratic Party on Thursday evening in Berlin.

"International aid agencies must have immediate access to all refugees." In particular, the supply of urgently needed medicines is of importance.

Foreign minister Steinmeiers’s view is that a sustainable solution to the conflict could only be achieved only by political measures. This is also the stand point of the Sri Lankan Government. "My country is ready to support such a process with all available strength”, Steinmeier said.

Prior to his statement, Foreign Minister has had a lengthy phone conversation with the President of the International Red Cross (ICRC), Mr. Jakob Kellenberg. It is learned that Steinmeier immediately raised Germany’s contribution in support of the IDPs up to 4,7 Million Euros. The German Foreign Office will contribute another 500.000 Euros to the UNHCR to help the IDPs in Sri Lanka.

Yesterday the United Nations demanded the LTTE to lay down arms. But up to this date such a demand have not been made by Germany from the LTTE.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on Thursday expressed deep concern over the increasingly deteriorating situation of civilians, according to information received by the UN.

Ki Moon also announced sending a UN observers-team to the north of the island Republic.

While the German Foreign Minister made this statement on Thursday night, an unknown person or a group attacked the Sri Lankan Embassy with Molotov Cocktails. No one was hurt.

The attackers threw 2 petrol-bombs towards the entrance of the Embassy. One Bomb did not explode; luckily the other one caused minor harm.

German Police have been giving police protection to the Embassy all this time during day time, only. They are now investigating the incident.

As this report is being filed, a pro LTTE demonstration is taking place in Berlin City with about 1.500 Sri Lankan Tamils. Police is expecting around 3.000 to 5.000 demonstrators until the evening and they have received information that deferent Pro Tamil groups will demonstrate at deferent parts of the City trying to create Traffic Chaos to attract public and media attention to the Pro LTTE Course.

A group around 250 demonstrators marched by the Chinese Embassy throwing rotten eggs from the crowd at the Embassy. As some demonstrators became unruly and disobedient in the moving demonstration, German Police arrested 8 Tamil youth demonstrators.

German Police declined to confirm whether there is a connection between the throwing of petrol bombs at the Sri Lankan Embassy last night in Berlin and the pro LTTE demonstration in the city today.

But what remains to be considered is the fact that this is the second time the Sri Lankan Embassy has been attacked just one or two days before a pro LTTE demonstration is taking place in Berlin.
-Sri Lanka Guardian