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US for open inquiry of Lanka war crimes charge

[Zee News, Saturday, 27 August 2011 15:58 No Comment]

(PTI) The US has described Sri Lanka’s move to lift the long-imposed emergency in the country as a "positive" development, but demanded that Colombo initiate a transparent and accountable process of investigation into allegations of war crimes.

Sri Lanka announced yesterday, that it was lifting the state of emergency imposed nearly 30 years ago to confront the threat from the Tamil Tigers.

"We do welcome the news that Sri Lankan President (Mahinda) Rajapaksa has proposed to the parliament that the emergency laws be withdrawn, and we do see this as a positive step for the Sri Lankan people," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily news conference

"We call on Sri Lanka to have a transparent, open, and accountable process," said the State Department spokesperson. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is dispatching Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake to Sri Lanka next week.

Nuland said the announcement by Rajapaksa sets up a good visit for Blake, who will be talking to a broad cross-section of Sri Lankans, both to the government and to human rights groups and NGOs.

"He’ll meet with government officials, civil society representatives, university students, political leaders in Colombo, and he’s also going to Jaffna," she said.

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