Respect Fonseka’s rights

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US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake says the US has consistently stressed that it is important that detained General Sarath Fonseka’s rights be respected and that he be accorded a full due process.

When asked by reporters about Fonseka during a press briefing in Washington which focused on India and the US, Blake said that the US welcomes the fact that the Sri Lankan Government has said that whatever decision is made in the military courts will be reviewed in the civilian courts.

“We haven’t seen the specifics of the charges, but we have consistently stressed that it is important that General Fonseka’s rights be respected and that he be accorded a full due process. And we welcome the fact that the Sri Lankan Government has said that whatever decision is made in the military courts will be reviewed in the civilian courts, so that there will be greater transparency about not only the charges, but the process that has been followed in these cases. So, again, we’ll follow the process of these cases very carefully,” Blake said, according to the US State Department.

The briefing by Blake came just hours after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sri Lanka's External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris met in Washington and later briefed the media on their talks. (Daily Mirror online)

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  • Saturday, 29 May 2010 04:57 AM

    It is also equally importnat that US recognize and respect the rights of 20+ million Sri Lankans.

    Saturday, 29 May 2010 05:04 AM

    Mind your own business Mr. Blake.

    Saturday, 29 May 2010 05:16 AM

    Now listen to Bob, Next will be Cameron, and then Medvedev for sure. This is what you have asked for.

    Saturday, 29 May 2010 05:44 AM

    Even the US identifies his potential and respects this great personality. Hail the General.

    Saturday, 29 May 2010 06:20 AM

    Hope Justice will be metted to the General

    Saturday, 29 May 2010 06:24 AM

    Quite true.We sincerly hope there wont be a Kangaroo type court in Srilanka.We did saw a similar during LTTE time.This shows that the entire world is watching the acts of the Srilankan ruler.

    Saturday, 29 May 2010 07:17 AM

    Mr.Robert Blake is so much interested in matters pertaining to General Sarath Fonseka.Americans never took such interest about the captured leader of Iraq Sadam Hussain,one time a close ally of America during the war aginst Iran.Being a leader of the country Sadam Hussain was not treated well,and did not gave fair trial.In our case in Sri Lanka General was given the chance of contesting the general election while he was in the army custody, and even being a leader of a party,and entering the parliament,Enjoy all the benefit as an MP.could enjoy during the parlimentary sessions,having press conferences.Generally, he will be given every thing needed to defend himself.It is upto the General to face charges against him as a hero.and defend against charges,and even the supreme court is there for him to go against any verdict againt him.

    Saturday, 29 May 2010 07:31 AM

    The US is only stating what most Sri Lankans are waiting for

    Saturday, 29 May 2010 07:50 AM

    at last Sir.no longer they have to pay penalty.

    Saturday, 29 May 2010 07:52 AM

    YOU FUND HIM SO YOU HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING ISTHAT RIGHT??

    KEEP YOUR DIRTY HANDS OFF SRI LANKA'S INTERNAL AFFAIRS.

    Saturday, 29 May 2010 10:42 AM

    Blake, there are bigger worries in Afghanistan, Pakistan
    and by Islamic militant attacks in India to worry about for US stragetic interests than getting involved in petty matters in Sri Lanka.

    Saturday, 29 May 2010 10:45 AM

    Due process should be the right of every Sri Lankan, but alas!

    Saturday, 29 May 2010 11:21 AM

    Really Mr Blake did you say that in front of a mirror.

    Saturday, 29 May 2010 12:03 PM

    Mr Blake, go preach in Guantanmo Bay.


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