Monday, October 5, 2009

'US clarification is welcome' – Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe

Minister for Disaster Management and Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe welcomed the clarification made with regard to U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton's statement accusing Sri Lanka of using rape as a weapon of war.

In a letter addressed to the Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama by Melanne Verveer, Ambassador- at- Large for Global Women's Issues at the State Department says, "in the most recent phase of the conflict, from 2006 to 2009 ... we have not received reports that rape and sexual abuse were used as tools of war, as they clearly have in other conflict area around the world."

Minister Samarasinghe welcomed this clarification stating that Sri Lanka always had a good relationship with the United States politically and culturally which strengthened over the years and hopes this relationship will further strengthen in the future.

He further noted that Sri Lanka is trying to build a bridge between ethnicities through being inclusive while upholding justice and equality. Thus Sri Lanka has achieved certain stability with the massive development projects taking place in the North.
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