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US warns patience will run out

2013 Dec 04

The United States has warned that the patience of the international community with Sri Lanka, if real progress is not seen, particularly on issues of accountability, will start to wear thin,

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian affairs, Nisha Desai Biswal, said that the international community had underscored the need for Sri Lanka to make progress on issues of reconciliation, on issues of accountability, and on issues of human rights, ongoing concerns about the political space and human rights in the country.

Speaking at the Washington Foreign Press Center at the US State Department, Biswal said that the US is committed to working with Sri Lanka to see that progress and they would like to see Sri Lanka address these issues through its own processes.

“We urge our friends in Sri Lanka to use the opportunity to show some concrete steps that their own processes have yielded. Through the LLRC, there are a set of recommendations. I think that those are exactly the points that we’d like to see progress on and we’d encourage them to do that,” she added.

Biswal said the US government will continue to stress the importance of political reconciliation in countries such as Sri Lanka, that have been plagued with civil conflict. (Colombo Gazette)

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