Power urges CBK to ensure transitional justice efforts move forward

Ambassador Power - CBKUS Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power met with former Sri Lankan President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, currently Chairperson of Sri Lanka’s Office of National Unity Reconciliation (ONUR), and Mano Tittawella, Secretary-General for Coordinating Reconciliation Mechanisms, at the Sri Lankan Mission to the United Nations in New York, the US Embassy in Colombo said today.

Ambassador Power reiterated U.S. support for Sri Lanka’s reconciliation efforts. She and Chairwoman Kumaratunga discussed the work and plans of the ONUR and the challenges and critical importance of bridging old divides and reconciling with the past. Ambassador Power described the moving experiences she has had in Sri Lanka meeting with the families of disappeared and missing people, and they discussed the work of the Office of Missing Persons, including its efforts to consult broadly across Sri Lankan civil society and minority communities.

They also discussed the importance of accountability. Ambassador Power emphasized the necessity of addressing human rights abuses and urged that transitional justice efforts move forward as soon as possible. She urged that any mechanism be accompanied by proactive outreach to keep the public informed and engaged. They spoke about the challenges ahead and timelines along which progress would be made.

Finally, they also discussed the Sri Lankan government’s ongoing efforts to counter corruption and overcome the economic challenges left behind by the previous government. They agreed on the urgent importance of delivering a “democracy dividend” to the Sri Lankan people and stressed the importance of U.S.-Sri Lankan bilateral efforts to support trade and economic growth. (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. Yet another opportunity charadeing at UN a toothless wolf (US does not pay but created it)
    If Hillary were to win it would be bad for minorities of Lanka and the world.
    As with Barry Hussain, will Not be in Power’s power to change the theme.

    Colin Powell, Bill, Hillary (sec O State) have taken a bashing at the hands of begging bowl nation. Fidelity is the sister of justice and Barry has interfered like no other past president. The lustful, CBK family dynasty started the race religion divisions and she can never put it right again- she would divide it to not solve the problem of Tamil ethnic minority the other is the Muslim immigrant in her sari potta. It’s insanity to think she plans to but rather to slip away with a golden goose. Hillary and Hubby love of controlling islands no matter what is breath-taking multinational agenda.

    Only a Trump win can change the game plan from shape shape shape Lanka.

  2. CBK political solution is accepts not by any Sri Lankan citizens, she lost her all political credentials by misrule of bad governances 11 years in since 1994 to 2004 years,

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