US sees progress on reconciliation, democracy in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYENXT – The United States saw "tremendous progress" on improving democracy, and promoting reconciliation which it was prepared to support, visiting senior State Department official said.

"US reaffirms strong support for commitment of Sri Lanka’s people and government towards democracy, good governance, peace and prosperity," US Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal said in Colombo after meeting Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

"We have seen not only an enduring commitment to democracy but also a tremendous momentum for progress towards institutions of good governance, towards combating corruption and promoting reconciliation."

Tom Malinowski Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor said presidential polls in January and August have shown that people have chosen rule of law and reconciliation in place of impunity and ethnic and religious division.

"We also see in the United States and extraordinary responsibility to support this process," he said.

"So long as the government of Sri Lanka keeps making courageous decisions the US will stand by its side and provide the support that is needed to keep this process going forward."

This week Sri Lanka is to get a UN report related to alleged war crimes during in the last stages of a war in 2009.

Minister Samaraweera said he discussed "measures being taken to address concerns regarding alleged human rights violations including through independent domestic mechanism mechanisms," as pledged in President Maithripala Sirisena’s election manifesto in January. (Colombo/Aug24/2015)

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