U.S. wants speedy progress in Sri Lanka reconciliation process
United States wants the Sri Lankan government to show “accelerated progress” in speeding up the process of reconciliation and granting of political rights to the Tamils of the North.
Asked to elaborate on what “accelerated progress” meant, United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert O’ Blake said here on Friday that it is “incumbent on the government to show that it is committed by doing everything it can, as quickly as possible, the full range of actions that were mentioned in the LLRC [Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission] report.”
Mr. Blake, who is here on a three-day visit, said that he had “wide-ranging and productive series of meetings” with political leaders, business community leaders and members of civil society. “I discussed in all our meetings the need for accelerated progress to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the National Action Plan. I emphasised the importance of progress in reducing the role and profile of the military in the North, and full respect for human rights,” he said.
Emphasising that implementation of the LLRC – the report that went into the causative factors of the war that split the Sinhala and Tamil communities and suggested remedial action – was the best way to achieve progress for Sri Lanka, Mr. Blake said that it was desirable to “move forward as quickly as possible” and implement the action plan.” “I just feel there are a lot of questions on how quickly Sri Lanka is committed to moving ahead on this,” he said.
Drawing a comparison between the North and the East, he said that elections to the Eastern Provincial council were held just a year after the East was free of Tamil Tigers. Three years after the war was won, North still did not have a provincial council. In his meetings with senior Sri Lankan government officials in Colombo, he urged that the Northern Provincial Council elections be held as soon as possible. He also “encouraged an early resumption of talks between the TNA and the government to agree on powers to be devolved to the provinces.”
“On issues of accountability, it is our hope that three years after the end of the conflict, there can be a credible and transparent accounting, investigation and prosecution of some of the outstanding and serious allegations of human rights violations, as well as progress on the missing,” he said, and added that accountability is a “very important part of the reconciliation process.”
Mr. Blake, a former Ambassador to Sri Lanka, introduced the new Ambassador to Sri Lanka and The Maldives, Michele Sison, who arrived last week. Ms. Sison had earlier served in the region in Chennai, as Consul General for South India.
Source: The Hindu
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better mind your own buisness, and you have to think what did your country do with Lybia,Irak and the rest of the world….Do not forget the Srilankan force fought against the one of World Worst Terrorrist call amil Tigers…..
truth will never die,one day entire stories unvail.
If this any justice in this world, let us see soon.
USA has only one objective, to be the superdog in the world. It tramples the rights of smaller nations who are unable to confront militarily US might. It dictates terms to smaller nations in order to feather their own nest. It exploits smaller nations. USA was instrumental in removing Gadaffi from power and have him assassinated brutally in order for imperial West to plunder Libya’s better quality oil. Without oil, industry of the West will come to a standstill.
Robert O’Blake subtly aided LTTE during his term as US ambassador in SL. USA is furious that LTTE was totally destroyed by SL countermanding US dictats. USA wanted LTTE to gain total power in SL to harrass and bring about the distruction of India as it feared the rise of India as a superpower in SE Asia. It is back-to-the drawing-board for USA concerning US policy on SL. It is subtly backing TNA to achieve US objectives in SE Asia, with a new supremo to replace VP.
Every now and again this bloke knocks GOSL stategy to develop SL as a home for all communities with equality. He tries to stir-up riots to sabotage and undermine economic and social development in SL for all communities. We should pay no heed to his rants but put him in his place.
I am very pleased at muslim fury accross the globe against USA, who the Muslims calls ‘the great satan’. I hope one day USA is brought to its knees.
What would have his mother thought when she saw her son’s face for the first time after giving birth! Lucky she did not realised he was going to br a king of hypocricy when gown up. Otherwise I am sure she would have twisted his neck with her own hands!!!
Sri lanka also wants speedy action by US to fix the mess they created in Iraq, Afganisthan, Libya and now in Syriya.
We urge US to not to use Sri Lanka as a cover for them to hide their attrocities and war crimes committed by US presidents, ambassedors, forign secrataries and military, and to take quick and reliable actions towards the reconciliation in those destroyed and invaded countries and arrange for fair and right amounts of compensation to be paid asap.
No more sheep’s skin, we know who the wolf is!
No more hide and seek, we know who the thief is!