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External Affairs Ministry to make inquiry of US Embassy over tweet

2014 Jan 11

The External Affairs Ministry stated that it will make an inquiry from the US Embassy in Sri Lanka today (January 10) regarding the internet reports that caused controversy last evening.


The US Embassy in Colombo claimed in a tweet yesterday(January 9) that two top US Ambassadors had visited the site of the “killing of hundreds of families by army shelling” in January 2009.


US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison and US Ambassador for Global Criminal Justice Stephen Rapp are engaged in a visit to the North of Sri Lanka where they also visited St. Anthany’s Ground.


The official twitter account of the US Embassy to Sri Lanka claimed in a tweet that this was the site of the “Jan 2009 killing of hundreds of families by army shelling” which was accompanied by a photograph of the two Ambassadors.


Tweet – “St Anthany’s Ground - site of Jan 2009 killing of hundreds of families by army shelling”


Speaking to Ada Derana, Juliana Spaven, the Information Officer for the US Embassy in Sri Lanka, confirmed that the tweet was sent on an official capacity while adding however that there is no new additional evidence to back the claim.


The two Ambassadors are engaged in a five-day visit to the North where they are scheduled to meet several politicians and religious leaders.


The media have not been allowed to cover most of these meetings.
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