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Sri Lanka's Future


Remarks
Robert O. Blake
U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
May 21, 2009

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Ambassador Robert O. Blake: To achieve the promise of this new beginning and to ensure a lasting end to terrorism, bold actions are needed now to share power and to assure all of Sri Lanka's communities a future of hope, respect and dignity. Through such actions, a truly united Sri Lanka can emerge. A Sri Lanka that is routed in democracy and tolerance, where human rights are respected, where media can operate freely and independently and where all Sri Lankans can participate freely in an open dialogue on the way forward for your country. A successful reconciliation and healing process will help ensure a lasting end to terrorism in Sri Lanka and will open the way for a future of prosperity, opportunity and hope for all Sri Lankans. The United States will remain engaged to help your country and your government achieve this.

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