Sunday, 12 January 2014 - 18:57
US Embassy issues statement regarding Stephen Rapp's Sri Lankan tour.
With the conclusion of Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp’s visit to Sri lanka the US Embassy issued a media release today.
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Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp visited Sri Lanka from January 6th to 11th to meet with government and political leaders, civil society, and to tour former conflict zones.
He heard about the progress made since the conflict, but also the Sri Lankan people's continuing desire for reconciliation, justice and accountability.
In that context the government of the United States encourages the government of Sri Lanka to seek the truth through independent and credible investigations.
The United States remains committed to working with the Government of Sri Lanka to promote greater peace and prosperity for all of the people of Sri Lanka.
It is vital that all sides come to an agreement on events, have appropriate redress, and move forward as a unified country that upholds the rule of law and respects the principles of democratic governance.
Meanwhile, The Sri Lankan government lodged an official protest at the allegations made by the US stating that hundreds of civilians were killed by the Army during the final stages of the war.
Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Karunathilaka Amunugama stated that Minister Professor G L Peiris had conveyed Sri Lanka’s dissatisfaction when he met with visiting US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues Stephen J. Rapp yesterday.
The US Embassy in Colombo had uploaded 3 photographs of Rapp’s tour in Pudumathalan on its Twitter page.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister D M Jayarathna states that the international community is trying to create a rift between the races in Sri lanka.
Addressing a ceremony held in Jaffna today the Premier said that such malicious factions are trying to mislead the public.