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Lankan Report To State Department

[The Sunday Leader.lk, Monday, 22 August 2011 08:54 No Comment]

By Easwaran Rutnam

A report by the Defence Ministry regarding the last military operation in Sri Lanka to defeat the LTTE has been hand over to the US State Department.

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Jaliya Wickramasuriya told The Sunday Leader that the report was handed over to “all the divisions” in the US State Department. The report titled ‘Humanitarian Operation Factual Analysis July 2006 – May 2009’ was released by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa in Colombo earlier this month.

The report looks at countering claims and allegations of human rights abuses raised against the Sri Lankan government and the military in a video documentary by Britain’s Chanel 4 television.

“Not only to the US State Department, but the report has also been given to the US Congress library, universities and defence establishments in the US,” Wickramasuriya told The Sunday Leader. Wickramasuriya also said that he is hoping to meet an Indian journalist working in the US, who often raises questions regarding Sri Lanka at regular US State Department press briefings with the intention of obtaining a response critical of the Sri Lankan government.

“We have a system where we send updates to reporters on the developments in Sri Lanka. We educate these journalists on the positive developments. I wrote to this Indian journalist as well and I am hoping to meet him soon,” Wickramasuriya said.

The Sri Lankan Ambassador insisted that the US government was not working against Sri Lanka but only some extremist groups in the US. “Sri Lanka is bringing back human rights after the defeat of the LTTE. The international community must understand this. We brief the US State department regularly on what we are doing,” he said.

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