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Sunday, 02 February 2014 - 19:07
Video : Sri Lanka rejects US criticism and allegations.
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Sri Lanka rejected "patently unfair" allegations by the United States that its rights record had deteriorated in the five years since the end of the war.

Foreign Minister G. L. Peiris said remarks by Nisha Biswal, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, at the end of a two-day visit yesterday suggested that she wanted to believe the worst of the regime in Colombo.

A foreign ministry official quoted G L Peiris as saying her observations are indicative of a mindset that solely wants to believe the worst and enthusiastically leaps to conclusions based on tendentious claims.

Biswal told reporters in Colombo that the US was concerned about the human rights situation as well as the weakening of the rule of law.

But Professor Peiris said her observations were based on unsubstantiated allegations.

Professor Peiris said the treatment of Sri Lanka by the US is highly selective and patently unfair.



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