Reduce emergency regulations - US

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By Dianne Silva

The US called on Sri Lanka to trim down emergency regulations and to reveal an account of IDP's being held in camps, already released and those to be charged.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror from Washington US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O' Blake acknowledged that the majority of IDP's had been released. However a proper account was necessary of those IDP's to be charged, in order for their families to be at peace.

Blake stressed the need for a pruning of emergency and High Security Zones, especially in the North. He further called on the Government to hold elections in the North in order for a new indigenous generation of leaders to emerge.

Blake addressed the need for access to be granted for humanitarian organizations and NGO’s into the northern parts of the island for them to facilitate political and economic growth. 

He reaffirmed the US support for the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission as a mechanism through which any alleged war crimes could be addressed.

  Comments - 47

  • Lakmikanth Wednesday, 15 December 2010 08:28 PM

    O' Blake ! we can bake our cake.

    pissu balla Wednesday, 15 December 2010 09:12 PM

    your great king even cannot make "Sri Lanka matha" the only national anthem in SL. So how can he protect SL from US?

    Arasi Thursday, 16 December 2010 07:49 AM

    Dr.K reflects the reality, while Fair N Square is dreaming

    pg Thursday, 16 December 2010 07:54 AM

    kindly migrate to country of your choice

    Butanismanjari Thursday, 16 December 2010 01:05 PM

    Completely true.

    Butanislatha Thursday, 16 December 2010 01:10 PM

    Eka aththa.

    priyal Thursday, 16 December 2010 08:22 AM

    I think Bin laden is in USA

    kumaran Thursday, 16 December 2010 08:30 AM

    Just shows how much you know.... There are hundreds who are not accounted for....What US govt do is go to friendly countries grab the suspect put into a plane and take them underground....
    Only after many moths they put the info out......

    Malik Thursday, 16 December 2010 03:10 AM

    Practice what you preach. Mind your own business. Don't spit while looking at the sky.

    Malik Thursday, 16 December 2010 03:28 AM

    Your uncle prabhakaran destroyed the value of life of minorities. I like to question the wisdom of the so called minorities.

    a.voter Thursday, 16 December 2010 03:39 AM

    When Sri Lankans are not allowed to speak their opinion in public, others speak.
    It is a wake up call for Sri Lanka.

    Marcus Thursday, 16 December 2010 02:57 PM

    That's not your business. Sri Lanka is not under your regime.
    Wiki leaks painted a nice picture of US doings!!!

    Calvin Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:00 AM

    DR.K must have lost his mind when he sold Sri Lanka to US when he was illegally migrating...

    Gamni Gunawardane Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:13 PM

    So Blake is the Auditor General for Sri Lanka, in the US?

    Is Blake responsible for runnng this country?

    strawberry Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:13 AM

    why cant us mind their own business?

    Butanis wathi Wednesday, 15 December 2010 02:52 PM

    Mind your own business

    channa Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:31 PM

    Talk coming from dieing country....Whose economy going down day by day....loosing the war in Iraq & Afganistan.....

    channa Wednesday, 15 December 2010 02:58 PM

    May i know how many suspected Al kaida prisoners in US custody hidden away?

    meranchi Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:08 PM

    first close guantanamo and talk about your self president Mahinda rajapaksa he knew what to do no need expert advice

    Wimal_Modawansa Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:14 PM

    Why is US worried about our internal affairs??Next they will tell us that the National anthem should be only in english.Our great King should not give it to their unreasonable demands.

    raj gonsalkorale Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:20 PM

    Does the US think they are Sri Lanka's colonial masters? As some contributors have said Sri Lanka should push the non aligned movement to ask US some questions about Iraq and Afghanistan

    Bandaraa. Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:21 PM

    Guess who is talking now. This guy from the uncle Sam's spying net work tried hard to save the L.T.T.E but failed . Thanks to M..R.,Gota, & war hero's his mission was not successful. & the jL.T.T.E was distroyed in this country before he left Srilanka. He planted Buetons in this nation to reverse the loss and save his face with his white masters. We see her actions through Wikeleaks. However Wikieleaks is yet to release Blakes tapes yet. It will be good fun to see what he has to say.This is a face saving statement before his tapes are released to the media.

    micky Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:22 PM

    Wonder why US is this much shameless. Even WW is better than this US diplomats. Mr Blake, Gota will take care of these things. U have enough home work

    shameer Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:23 PM

    get lost

    legaltalk Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:28 PM

    but everyone in guantanamo is accounted for! it s not a secret list! and theres a big difference between internally displaced people and arrested terrorist suspects

    Mifaz Thursday, 16 December 2010 04:57 AM

    Everyone talks like very proud citizens.. Mind you all are debt of many & keep begging!! USA take me there..

    Padmini Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:42 PM

    Who cares what you are telling? Mind your own business. Everybody knows what US is doing for the world.

    DR.K Wednesday, 15 December 2010 03:53 PM

    who ever posting this comments should shut your mouths- if US grants a visa to US will you stay in SL? Srilanka is a lost state. soon you all will realise. no value for life in SriLanka specially for the minorities.

    Gayana Samarasinghe Wednesday, 15 December 2010 04:00 PM

    Mr.Blake......
    You now talk about war crimes? Where were you and these human rights group when LTTE massacred more than 500 police personal few years ago. They were under LTTE custody when they were massacred.
    How about IDP in Iraq and Afghanistan??

    Wimal_Modawansa Wednesday, 15 December 2010 04:26 PM

    Agreed.

    sampath Wednesday, 15 December 2010 04:28 PM

    Actually US has no shame since they are hypocrites. They lost Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan wars. No sooner they will learn lessons from N.Korea and Iran.

    Mirza Uwais Wednesday, 15 December 2010 04:38 PM

    We wish you the Same. Our faith is same. We hope//

    Rajitha Wednesday, 15 December 2010 05:05 PM

    you sure about that?

    Ranjth Gurugamage Thursday, 16 December 2010 11:18 AM

    Fully agree with the comment, Nothing like sweet home as I have lived in other countries for nearly 15 years.Argee

    oyage podi guru Wednesday, 15 December 2010 05:19 PM

    If the U.S. opened its doors to every visa request, half of Asia would be there now!

    Prophet Wednesday, 15 December 2010 05:28 PM

    Spot on DR.K

    Premalal Perera Wednesday, 15 December 2010 06:02 PM

    Try in Iran or Afganisthan.

    YURI Wednesday, 15 December 2010 06:13 PM

    tomorrow If there is no visa needed to land in US, imagin what left in SL. only Brothes left.

    Fair N Square Wednesday, 15 December 2010 06:42 PM

    Speak for yourself . NOT everyone is hard pressed for money. I've been to the USA many times but chose NOT to live there by choice. To me SL is a paradise isle.Yes I had 2 5yr multiple entry visas and have the privilege of traveling around the world

    I know MANY who doesn't want to live there. Know of a guy who won a green card lottery and was there for 24 days and returned HOME yes ' Home sweet home"

    Ossan Salam - Doha Thursday, 16 December 2010 06:11 AM

    We are indeed proud about USA for adopting Sri Lanka as 53rd state of USA..........keep it up....!

    Fair N Square Wednesday, 15 December 2010 06:51 PM

    Well said !

    G Tana Mo Wednesday, 15 December 2010 06:52 PM

    You sir are asking for it! With what sort of conscience are you preaching eh and what sort of reaction did you really think you'll get from us?

    KD Wednesday, 15 December 2010 06:57 PM

    That's what you think.

    alfred.seneviratne Thursday, 16 December 2010 06:21 AM

    Dont take them -U.S seriously take the good;.We will have to work with them wheather we like it or not.So far they have NOT done us any bad.

    Fair N Square Wednesday, 15 December 2010 06:59 PM

    it's just a matter of time for the USA to come crashing down.. See they wasted so much money by dropping " CLUSTER BOMBS" in Iraq n Afghanistan to destroy the country and it's citizens The POWER supreme is giving Natural disasters to USA. It will come down the way it went up.

    Just a matter of time.

    You people who say that all Sri-Lankans want to got o USA need to read about the unemployment numbers and how the masses are suffering without jobs. They are on UI and been on it for more than 99 weeks and it's gonna hit them hard. I pity the people for the wrath that was brought upon them by the actions of their political leaders.

    Lamaya Wednesday, 15 December 2010 07:31 PM

    I lived there and came back to Sri Lanka which is 100 times better than the US!


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