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US urges Lanka to speed up war crime probe

The US asked Sri Lanka on Friday to speed up its probe into allegations of rights abuses during the civil war with the LTTE, resume talks with Tamil parties on power sharing and reduce the role of the military in the former conflict zone.

The US Assistant Secretary of State, Central and South Asian Affairs, Robert Blake told reporters here today that, ‘It is incumbent upon the government to show that it is committed by doing everything it can to move ahead as quickly as possible on the full range of actions that were mentioned in the LLRC report.’

Blake said he had discussed with Sri Lanka the need for accelerated progress to implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the National Action Plan. On issues of accountability, Blake said that three years after the end of the conflict, there can be a credible and transparent accounting, investigation and prosecution of serious allegations of human rights violations as well as progress on missing persons. Blakes’s comments came months after the US moved a UN resolution against Sri lanka censuring Colombo for its alleged human rights abuses during the last phase of the three-decade long civil war.


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