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* US has high expectations for Sri Lanka's Reconciliation Commission report
Fri, Nov 4, 2011, 08:33 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 04, Washington, DC: The United States says it has high expectations for the report of Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) appointed by the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to probe the last seven years of the armed conflict between government forces and Tamil Tiger terrorists.

Responding to a media query at the daily press briefing Thursday the State Department Spokesperson Ms. Victoria Nuland said the report will be of 'highest quality'.

When asked about Sri Lanka Tamil National Alliance parliamentarians' meeting with the State Department officials last week, Ms. Nuland acknowledged that the TNA delegation met the Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman.

"Sherman's main point was that we have high expectations for the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission report which is due later in the month - not only that the report will be of highest quality, but that the Sri Lankan Government will take steps to implement it," the Spokesperson commented.

"So that was the main message that we were giving, and we look forward to seeing that report," she added.

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake, Jr. visited Sri Lanka in September to hold discussions with the government officials on LLRC to ensure the Commission's work is thorough and credible.

The report of the Commission is due to be handed over to the President by November 15th. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will make the much-awaited report public, Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said on Tuesday.

Several U.S. lawmakers who visited Sri Lanka recently had a positive view that Sri Lanka is moving forward economically and politically as far as the ethnic issue is concerned.

The Spokesperson said the Secretary of State is aware of the improvements taking place in Sri Lanka.



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