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.
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.”