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Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission in Sri Lanka

Maria Otero
Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights 
Colombo, Sri Lanka
February 13, 2012


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UNDER SECRETARY OTERO: I confirmed that the United States will support a resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council in March that provides an opportunity for the government of Sri Lanka to describe what it intends to do to implement the LLRC's recommendations, and advanced reconciliation as well as addressed accountability, human rights and democracy concerns.

An agreement between the government and the Tamil National Alliance, the TNA, on a lasting political settlement is also criticial, and we urge both sides to approach negotiations in a spirit of trust, empathy and good faith to reach a political solution that is in the best interests of all Sri Lankan citizens. It is our sincere hope that the government and people of Sri Lanka will seize this opportunity to build a democratic, tolerant society that will lead to lasting peace and properity that leads to a future of hope and dignity for all.

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