Sept 10, Washington, DC: The United States Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake, Jr. will visit Sri Lanka to hold discussions on Sri Lanka's investigative Lesson Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to ensure the commission's work is through and credible, the U.S. said Friday (09).
"One of the purposes of Assistant Secretary Blake's visit will be to talk to the Sri Lankans about that report (LLRC report) and to do what we can to ensure that they are doing a thorough and credible job with it," State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.
Responding to media at the daily press briefing yesterday, Ms. Nuland said the Assistant Secretary Blake looks forward to productive meetings in Sri Lanka.
When asked about the recent Amnesty International report that said the Sri Lankan government's inquiry into the country's civil war is fundamentally flawed and provides no accountability for atrocities, the spokesperson said the U.S. has noted the AI report but decided to wait for the LLRC's report that is due to be released in November.
"Our first goal is to ensure that it is a good, strong, credible report that can take Sri Lanka forward," she said.
The U. S. State Department announced Thursday that Blake will travel to Sri Lanka and India September 12-16, 2011.
He is scheduled to meet with government officials, civil society representatives, university students and political leaders while in Sri Lanka.