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Sri Lanka Elections


Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 23, 2013

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The United States congratulates the people of Sri Lanka on their successful elections in three provinces on September 21. These polls were a historic first for the Northern Province since the end of decades of civil war in 2009.

Now that the people of Sri Lanka have chosen provincial councils to represent their interests, it is incumbent upon the Government of Sri Lanka to support the new civilian leadership of the provinces. In particular, we urge the Government of Sri Lanka to take advantage of this opportunity to expand efforts toward greater reconciliation by working with the newly elected Northern Provincial Council.



PRN: 2013/1169

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