Sri Lanka, its military, have to make transition from civil war to peace: Kerry

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka has to make a difficult transition from a civil conflict as the mere absence of war was not peace, as internal wars tended to create victims rather than victors, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.

He said sometimes it may be necessary to go to war. The Tamil Tigers were a "murderous terrorist group," he said.

Recalling America’s own civil war, he said there were no victors in a civil war, only victims.

After a civil war the military must project its power outwards, to protect its people, not inwards to police them, he said.

Sri Lanka’s military had a role in protecting sea lanes and in serving in UN peacekeeping, Kerry said.

Already the military was giving land back to the people.

The US was ready to support Sri Lanka’s efforts at reconciliation, and a domestic mechanism for accountability.


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