US asks crisis-hit Sri Lanka to act within constitution

AFP – The United States called Friday on all sides in Sri Lanka to operate within the constitution and refrain from violence as the president’s sacking of the prime minister triggered a crisis.

Washington also urged the island to move forward on post-war reconciliation after President Maithripala Sirisena installed as prime minster Mahinda Rajapakse, a former strongman who crushed the decades-long Tamil Tiger uprising but refused to acknowledge abuses.

"We call on all parties to act in accordance with Sri Lanka’s constitution, refrain from violence and follow due process," the State Department said on Twitter.

"We expect the government of Sri Lanka to uphold its Geneva commitments to human rights, reform, accountability, justice and reconciliation," it said.

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