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* No judgment on Sri Lanka's reconciliation commission report before its release - US
Tue, Oct 18, 2011, 10:42 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 18, Washington, DC: The United States will not have any kind of judgment on the report of Sri Lanka's Lesson Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) until its release that is expected to be in mid-November, the United States said Monday.

Responding to a query on the U.S. State Department's opinion of the LLRC report, the State Department Spokesperson Mark Toner said the U.S. would wait until the report is released to view whether it as sufficient.

"We likely wouldn't have any kind of judgment until it's released," the Spokesman said.

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

Replying to a question on the investigations into human rights concerns during Sri Lanka's armed conflict against Tamil Tiger terrorists, the spokesman reiterated the U.S. stance that it is the Sri Lankan government's responsibility to investigate the allegations.

"Government of Sri Lanka needs to demonstrate that it's able to and willing to meet some of these obligations, as you mentioned, to be as transparent as possible, to look into some of these human rights allegations," Toner said.

He added that it the government fails to fulfill its obligations then there will be international pressure for an independent mechanism.

"It's important within the country itself as it seeks reconciliation, and we hope that Sri Lankans will be able to do this for themselves. If they don't, as we've said many times, there's going to be growing international pressure for some other mechanism to look at this," the spokesperson said.

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