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SL’s explanations not satisfactory: US State Department

[DailyMirror, Thursday, 17 January 2013 08:54 No Comment]

The United States said the Sri Lankan governments ‘explanation’ on the impeachment of Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandranayake was not “satisfactory in terms of protecting democracy”.

The spokesperson for the US State Department, Victoria Nuland made these remarks in response to questions posed by journalists, during the daily press briefing.

She added that it is too soon say what impact the action would have on US foreign assistance to Sri Lanka in the future.

Nuland confirmed Sri Lanka had requested 16.5 million dollars in assistance, for 2013.

“Just for your records, U.S. Government assistance for FY2012 for Sri Lanka was $27 million. This included 13.3 million in bilateral assistance programs which primarily related to peace and security, human rights, economic growth, and democracy programs” she said.

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