Controversy brews over US Embassy tweet

Controversy brews over US Embassy tweet

Written by Bella Dalima

10 Jan, 2014 | 9:31 pm

A controversy is brewing over a tweet released by the official twitter page of the US Embassy in Colombo. Both the Sri Lanka army and the US Embassy have responded about the tweet.

The picture on the US Embassy in Colombo’s official twitter page shows US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison posing with US Ambassador-at-Large Stephen J.Rapp.

The picture is accompanied by a note stating “St. Anthany’s Ground – site of January 2009 killing of hundreds of families by army shelling.”

Army Media Spokesperson Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya denied these allegations.

Meanwhile, Director of Public Affairs at the US Embassy in Colombo Christopher Teal speaking to Newsfirst shared these views;

“First of all the LTTE is still a proscribed terrorist organization, the US continues to prosecute them. Ambassadors Rapp and Sison had the opportunity to tour some sites from the final months of the conflict in 2009 where accusations of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights abuses by the government are the greatest and met with the survivors there.”

He added; “The photograph there were opportunities for Ambassador Rapp and Sison to tour sites of the so-called no fire zone and during that time we heard from many survivors who described what was going on and those accounts I feel need credible independent investigations.”




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