US wants foreign hand in Lanka’s domestic probe

NishaThe new Sri Lankan government has “a very strong intent” in addressing rights concerns, a top Obama Administration official said, calling for a “credible domestic” probe with “substantial involvement” from international community to address justice and accountability.

Less than a month after she visited Sri Lanka ahead of a crucial report on alleged war crimes during the country’s decades-long civil war with the LTTE, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told PTI: “We have seen (in the new government), what we would say a very strong intent.”

“We have seen that the government in the past nine months in office has done more to try to build trust and move the country towards a more inclusive society, than perhaps been done in the last nine years and beyond,” said Biswal, the Administration’s point person for South and Central Asia.

“That is an encouraging sign. It is a long road ahead for the country, for the government, for the (new Sri Lankan) President (Maithripala Sirisena) and for the people,” she said in response to a question.

Biswal said much needs to be done to heal the wounds that are still open on both sides from a very brutal and a very divisive conflict between the troops and the LTTE. Rights groups claim troops killed 40,000 civilians in the final months of the nearly three decades-long civil war that ended in 2009. The LTTE is also accused of war crimes.

“That would take time and would take very persistent effort on all sides towards reconciliation and no one should be saying one about the process. It is a difficult process, it is a long process. There will inevitably be setbacks.

“It is fundamentally in the interest of the Sri Lankan people to secure the peace and prosperity of all of these citizens, and I think what motivates us is that hope and that desire to support a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka that brings opportunity for all its citizens,” Biswal said.

During her visit to Lanka late last month, she said the US will move a pro-Sri Lanka resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in its September session, in what was seen as a U-turn in America’s stance.

Interestingly, it was a US-moved resolution that called for the first time called for an international probe into alleged war crimes and was adopted last year in the 47-member UNHRC. The US was at the forefront in adopting a total of three resolutions at the UN human rights session on Sri Lanka.

Biswal yesterday said that from the very beginning, the US has said it would support a credible domestic effort to address those long-standing issues of justice and accountability in Sri Lanka.

10 COMMENTS

  1. Does USA understand the meaning of DOMESTIC. Or with the powers they have , are they trying to change the meanings, with their arrogancy.

  2. add- People who ever did wrong things should be punished. Hitler kill 6m Jews never the German constitution was changed !

  3. Is better for the GOSL to agreed to what ever the inquiry they needed for war crimes rather than agreeing to change in constitution to satisfy some sections of the country and betrayed the sovereignty of SriLanka.

  4. You live in a third world country, because you take easy exist. Hating your countrymen is easier than loving them. The Western Countries have evolved by going through disasters such as 1st and 2nd world wars, and nobody is above them to divide them. However, the West encourages developing countries to hate each other to divide and rule. The West supported the war in Sri Lanka indirectly through the foolish diaspora, now the West plays its cards to contunue to divide and control Lankans. The West won’t let you to evolve that easily. If it does, it will fall. The way you treat people like us asures that you won’t evolve nor beat the Westerns. You are born to suffer and struggle, because your hearts and minds are darker than your skin colour.

    • Oh Antany people who read you clap trap ravings will at least give you some leeway if you were not living in the mercy of the West. As it stand that you come across ungrateful grub that bad mouth the country that has given you a place to live. Not many LTTE sympathizer have you freedom to went like you do it’s a matter of time New Z

      • Dear Len, you could be also a Lankan who have affected by the brutal war. I met people in Mulitivu, Kilinochi and Jaffna. Seriously people need proper counselling, including defense forces and their leaders. There are so much need to be done before talking about war crimes.

      • By the way don’t expect me to keep silence in Sri Lanka which is a third world country. I even exposed the rulers of the world who gave me the knowledge.

        • Oh Antony so much grandiose and while living off the New Zealand tax payer hand out. Cant expect to much from burnt our and utterly clobbered LTTE sympathizer can we now. News for you so far you have done a wonderful job of exposing your ignorance.

          • Dear LEN,

            You love the LTTE and ISIS, because it helps to divide others, and helps to undermine people like us by connecting us with those organisations. Of course the fools will believe your lies when they enjoy hating or killing their own fellow countrymen.

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