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US willing to work together with SriLanka

The United States says it is interested in working together with the Sri Lankan Government on addressing human rights issues.

US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said this when asked to respond to comments made by the Sri Lankan Government that the US must reconsider its stand on the human rights issue.

“We’ve said we’re interested in working together on addressing these issues. Let me see if there’s an update from our folks,” Harf said.

The Government had this week urged the United States to reconsider its position on Sri Lanka and back efforts towards achieving reconciliation in the country.

Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem said that instead of further polarizing the country, the international community, including the United States, must look at alternate mechanisms like encouraging a Truth Commission in order to see reconciliation being achieved in Sri Lanka.

Hakeem said that the US Government has a preconceived notion on Sri Lanka and this was clear even during the recent visit of the US Ambassador-at-Large at the Office of Global Criminal Justice, Stephen J. Rapp.

The Justice Minister said that digging for evidence to back war crimes charges on Sri Lanka will only aggravate the division among communities and not help reconciliation.

Author: TELO Media Team 1