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* Sri Lanka Tamil party seeks help from visiting US officials for an early solution to ethnic issue
Sun, Jan 27, 2013, 09:27 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 27, Colombo: Sri Lanka's major Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has requested the three US Assistant Secretaries of State who are currently on a visit to Sri Lanka to help find early solutions to problems faced by minority communities.

The TNA delegation led by R. Sampanthan and including parliamentarians M.A. Sumanthiran and S. Sridharan had met the US officials at the residence of US Ambassador, Michele Sisson.

Sampanthan has told the US officials that the government is reluctant to fulfill the political aspirations of the Tamils, and implement the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State James Moore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Vikram Singh, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jane Zimmerman arrived in Sri Lanka Saturday morning on a mission to mainly assess the progress on implementing measures recommended by the country's own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).

He has also expressed the TNA's views on the Sri Lanka Army's latest report on the implementation of the LLRC recommendations and has criticized the comments made by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa that there were no disappearances.

The TNA has pointed out that there has been hardly any move in implementing the LLRC or addressing the grievances of the people in the North and East.

The TNA has further noted that there is ample evidence to prove that arrests were made during the final phase of the war and that thousands are still missing while their families are traumatized over the disappearance of their loved ones.

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