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Sri Lanka: US Ambassador Reiterates Support, Strengthening Relations

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US Ambassador Patricia Butenis reiterated US support for Sri Lanka’s ongoing post-conflict development process and discussed strengthening relations between the two countries on trade and aviation, when she met President Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday at Janadhipathi Mandiraya, according to the Sri Lanka government’s website.

The statement follows a US Senate resolution last week calling for an independent international mechanism for crimes by both sides during and after Sri Lanka’s bloody civil war, and highlights growing international pressure for justice and accountability in Sri Lanka.

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The United States Senate Resolution S. 84, which passed unanimously on March 1, 2011, follows similar calls by British and Australian parliamentarians.

Following the passage of the Senate Resolution, the Sri Lanka government expressed its dismay at the decision of the United States Senate.

A United Nations Panel of Experts, appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to advise him on possible accountability mechanisms in Sri Lanka, is finalizing its report.

The Sri Lanka government said Tuesday that during the meeting between Butenis and Rajapaksa, also broached was the subject related to the progress on talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the post-conflict reconciliation process.

The Sri Lanka government said they also discussed the issue of Indian fishermen entering Sri Lankan Northern waters and the progress in finding a solution to the problem, and described the meeting as “cordial with both sides agreeing to strengthen ties between the two countries.”

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4 thoughts on “Sri Lanka: US Ambassador Reiterates Support, Strengthening Relations

  • March 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm
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    US Double standered policy of diplomatic relations with other countries has been continue.

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  • March 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm
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    Just last week, President Hamid Karzai rejected the apology of US government for killing innocent civilians including 9 children in Afghanistan. This is just a drop in the bucket compared to the number of people killed in the last several years. What about Iraq, and now in Pakistan. No parallel for the hypocrisy of U.S.

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  • March 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm
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    This is clever politics – not hypocrisy. The best way to divert attention from one’s own sins is to create a noise about an imaginary crime somewhere else. This is also an act of self-deception to overcome the trauma of guilt. Have sympathy and just ignore them.

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  • March 9, 2011 at 1:45 am
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    in my opinion usa government was,is and in the future the biggest terrorist government in the world.for them it is only the welfare of the usa ,but only for the super rich.this greed for money will continue,fortunatly the power of the usa is diminishing day by day.in the m.e.,. probably the only usa friend would be the jewish state.usa could help,but should not dictate. usa should clear their rubbish first before preaching.

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