Stephen J. Rapp concludes visit to Sri Lanka

Stephen J. Rapp concludes visit to Sri Lanka

Stephen J. Rapp concludes visit to Sri Lanka

Written by Bella Dalima

12 Jan, 2014 | 7:14 pm

US Ambassador at large Stephen J. Rapp who was in the country from January 6 concluded his visit on Saturday. Ambassaor Rapp was reportedly in the country to meet with political leaders, civil society and tour former conflict zones.

Issuing a communique,  the US embassy in Colombo said that Ambassador Rapp heard about the progress made since the conflict ended in the country and also the continuing desire in the country for reconciliation, justice and accountability.

The communique further said that during Rapp’s visit,  he heard eyewitness accounts of human rights abuses in the country, noting that the US government encouraged the government of Sri Lanka to pursue the truth through an independent investigation and prosecute individuals where relevant. The communique went on to note that the US remains committed to working with the Sri Lankan government to promote greater peace and prosperity in the country.

It added that it is vital that all sides come to an agreement on events to move forward as a unified country.

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