Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lankan government lodges strong official protest at US allegations
Sat, Jan 11, 2014, 09:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 11, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has lodged a strong official protest at the allegations made by the United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Stephen J. Rapp.

The government has expressed its strong protest against a message posted by the U.S. Embassy in Colombo on its official Twitter page which said that hundreds of civilians were killed in the North by the Army shelling during the final stages of the war.

Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs Karunathilaka Amunugama said that Minister Prof. G L Peiris had conveyed Sri Lanka's dissatisfaction when he met with the visiting US Ambassador-at-Large yesterday.

The US Embassy Thursday on its official Twitter site posted a photo of the US Ambassador Michele Sison and the visiting Ambassador inspecting a site called "St. Anthony's Ground" with a caption that read "St Anthany's Ground - site of Jan 2009 killing of hundreds of families by army shelling."

Rapp, who is in Sri Lanka on a six-day fact finding mission, visited the former conflict areas in the North along with Ambassador Sison.

Photos of him visiting the Puthumathalan school and hospital in "No Fire Zone 2", and touring the site of former UN Headquarters in the "No Fire Zone" in Puthukudiyiruppu were posted on the U.S. Embassy official Twitter account.

An Information Officer for the US Embassy has told the local media that the tweets were sent on an official capacity and will not be removed.

Secretary Amunugama said the visiting Ambassador was told that the US had levelled such allegations without any basis.

Sri Lanka military, strongly rejecting the U.S. claim that the Army shelling had killed hundreds of families as completely baseless, said it could be part of a much larger campaign that the U.S. intends to launch in the near future.

The visiting U.S. official has meanwhile, assured the major Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance, that the U.S. would move a third resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Council session in March calling for an international probe on alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, according to the TNA MP M.A. Sumanthiran.

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka parliament approves Extradition agreements with Russia, Ukraine, China, and Vietnam
-- [3 hours ago]
PM ready to discuss Provincial Councils Amendment Act
-- [3 hours ago]
President calls on district officials to commit to make the National food production program a success
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lankan President looks forward to enhance bilateral relationship with Germany under Chancellor Angela Merkel
-- [5 hours ago]
amanté launches inspiring new Autumn-Winter 2017 collection
-- [6 hours ago]
Buddhist monks led mob attacks Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka
-- [6 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Finance Ministry calls for proposals for next year's Budget
-- [7 hours ago]
Batticaloa GA Ms. P.S.M. Charles appointed as Director General of Sri Lanka Customs
-- [7 hours ago]
Transparency International Sri Lanka alarmed over the way Provincial Councils Elections Amendment Act passed in parliament
Japan to assist Sri Lanka to boost its fish exports

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.