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Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 12:14
John Kerry Urged To Push Sri Lanka To Repeal PTA, Free Prisoners
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US Secretary of State John Kerry has been urged to push Sri Lanka to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), release political prisoners and return land held by the Army.

The Chairman of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs Edward Royce has written to Kerry saying he supports the increased diplomatic engagement with the Sri Lankan Government.

He noted in the letter that the Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena had made several promises and continues to make “impressive, positive steps”.

Royce also urged Kerry to clearly outline steps the US will take to support reform in Sri Lanka, including implementing the recommendations of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al Hussain and stressed on the importance of a clearly-articulated policy on Sri Lanka.

“I ask you to clearly outline the steps that the US Government will take to support reform, including efforts to implement recommendations from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and ensure that development and security assistance are in line with reform efforts. Secretary, I believe it is important that the US carry out a clearly-articulated policy to support reform in Sri Lanka,” he further wrote. 

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