US envoy to visit the North

US envoy to visit the North

US envoy to visit the North

Written by Kumudu Jayawardana

08 Jan, 2014 | 10:53 am

A top US diplomat will visit Sri Lanka’s war-ravaged North on Thursday to hold talks with local officials.

The US Ambassador-at-Large at the Office of Global Criminal Justice, Stephen J. Rapp, who arrived yesterday on a week-long visit, will spend two days in the north holding talks with officials and leaders.

This is Rapp’s second visit to the country and comes ahead of another US-moved resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council in March.

US officials said Rapp aims to meet government officials, political and civil society leaders to discuss issues focussing on Sri Lanka’s justice, accountability and reconciliation issues.

Two US-moved similar resolutions at the UNHRC and backed by India were adopted at the UNHRC for two years running in 2012 and 2013. Both resolutions called for expeditious action from Colombo to achieve reconciliation with the Tamil minority.

Sri Lanka has also come under international pressure to institute a war crimes inquiry into the last stages of the military battle with the LTTE in 2009. Western nations have been pressing Lanka to account for thousands of civilians suspected of being killed in the final months of the quarter-century war.

SOURCE: Times of India

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