October 24, 2012
The U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Michele Sison has had talks with the Sri Lankan Muslim Congress (SLMC) during her ongoing visit to the Eastern province, US Embassy officials tweeted.
She also met other Muslim politicians as well as the Batticaloa Mayor and visited several sites in the district.
Meanwhile the U.S Embassy said that the U.S. Ambassador opened the Kalumunthanveli General Tamil Mixed School in Porathivu Pattu DS division and Munaikadu Vivekananda in Paddipalai DS Division, Batticaloa. Both schools were badly damaged during the country’s longstanding conflict.
Speaking at the opening ceremonies, Ambassador Sison said, “The U.S. Government understands the challenges people in the East have faced over the last 26 years, and it has been a central part of our work here to support the next generation in the transition from conflict to peace. It has been difficult for people in many rural areas to have uninterrupted access to essential services like education. Since the war ended, the Sri Lankan government has begun to extend these services, and, with the support of USAID, and the United States Pacific Command (PACOM) we are happy to have been able to support them in their efforts”.
Since 2008, USAID and the U.S. Pacific Command have supported schools affected by the conflict in the North and East of the country. Such infrastructure improvements and new facilities have enabled the schools to accommodate more students and guarantee year-round instruction. (Colombo Gazette)