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Sri Lanka should use the mandate to continue the healing process, U.S. official says
Thu, Apr 22, 2010, 10:13 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Apr 22, Colombo: A high ranking U.S. official says the Sri Lankan government should use the election victory to continue the healing process within the society.
At the daily briefing on Wednesday Assistant Secretary of U.S. State Department, Philip Crowley, made these remarks responding to a media question on the message U.S. would give to the new Sri Lankan Government and Prime Minister.
"I think our primary message to Sri Lanka is that there is – there appears to be a significant mandate coming out of this recent election and the government should use that mandate to help continue to – the healing process within Sri Lankan society to bring all elements of – to help Sri Lanka get past the recent conflict and move forward together," he said.
When asked whether Sri Lanka is moving in that direction Crowley said U.S. will continue to encourage Sri Lanka to use the power of this election and the momentum coming out of this election, to use it to best advantage.
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government secured the strongest victory in decades obtaining 144 seats in the 225-member parliament, just falling six seats short of the required 150 for a two-third majority. The mandate enables the President to bring the constitutional reforms he pledged during the election campaign to bring.
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