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* US official on War Crimes arrives in Sri Lanka
Tue, Jan 7, 2014, 12:55 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 06, Colombo: A United States diplomat arrived in Colombo Monday on a six-day visit to hold discussions with Sri Lankan officials on allegations of war crimes.

The United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, in the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the Department of States Stephen J. Rapp will be visiting Sri Lanka until January 11.

During his visit he is scheduled to meet government officials, and political and civil society leaders to on a range of issues focusing on Sri Lanka's justice, accountability, and reconciliation processes, the State Department said.

This is Ambassador Rapp's second trip to Sri Lanka as Ambassador-at-Large. He visited Sri Lanka in February 2012 just before the U.S. successfully tabled a resolution on Sri Lanka at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2012.

The U.S. officials' visit this time again two months ahead of the UN Human Rights Council Sessions due to commence on 03 March in Geneva will be viewed as crucial since the Sri Lankan government is under pressure to expedite implementation of Lesson Learnt and Reconciliation Commission recommendations.

Reportedly, Ambassador Rapp's visit will be followed by U. S. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Desai Biswal next week.

Biswal will reportedly be in the island to review the progress of measures taken to expedite the implementation of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission recommendations as directed in the US-sponsored resolutions at the UN human Rights Council in Geneva.

However, the U.S. Embassy in Colombo or the State Department has not officially announced her visit yet.

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