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* US calls on Sri Lanka to conduct independent and credible investigations into alleged violations
Sun, Jan 12, 2014, 02:15 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 12, Colombo: The United States today called on Sri Lanka to "seek the truth" through independent and credible investigations into the alleged war crimes and prosecute the perpetrators.

Issuing a statement Sunday at the conclusion of the visit of 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, the Embassy said the official visited the island from January 6-11 to meet with government and political leaders, civil society, and to tour former conflict zones.

Ambassador Rapp heard about the progress made since the conflict, but also the Sri Lankan people's continuing desire for reconciliation, justice and accountability, the Embassy said in a statement.

"During Ambassador Rapp's discussions, he listened to eyewitness accounts about serious human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law, including those that occurred at the end of the war. In that context the government of the United States encourages the government of Sri Lanka to seek the truth through independent and credible investigations, and where relevant, have prosecutions," it further said.

The United States reiterated its commitment to working with the Government of Sri Lanka to promote greater peace and prosperity for all of the people of Sri Lanka.

"It is vital that all sides come to an agreement on events, have appropriate redress, and move forward as a unified country that upholds the rule of law and respects the principles of democratic governance," the Embassy said.

The U.S. Embassy, the Ambassador Michele Sison and the visiting diplomats came under Sri Lankan government's wrath for posting a Twitter message which claimed that "civilian deaths due to Army shelling".

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris had protested over the unconventional message released by the Embassy to new media when he met the visiting US Ambassador on Friday.

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