US eases restrictions on defense sales to SL

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The US announced that it has eased restrictions on defense sales to Sri Lanka to allow exports of equipment for aerial and maritime surveillance, media reports said.

The State Department enacted the changes with effect from Thursday. The new exceptions allow exports, on a case-by-case basis, of equipment such as, light aircraft, cameras, and related components.

The UN's top human rights body on Thursday has passed a US sponsored resolution calling on Sri Lanka to properly investigate alleged war crimes during its 26-year conflict with the Tamil Tigers.

The department said the two developments were unrelated.

The export restrictions date back to the start of the civil conflict in the 1980s.
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  • Abdhul Friday, 23 March 2012 03:44 AM

    Resolution shows its true face!

    Janaki Chandraratna Friday, 23 March 2012 04:02 AM

    Hey hey the cat is out of the bag. The US interest is in the sale of arms rather than human rights or any love to Sri Lanaka.

    George Friday, 23 March 2012 08:59 AM

    who is going to pass a resolution against America now?

    sanju79 Friday, 23 March 2012 03:47 AM

    The hidden agenda behind the UN resolution, making grounds for another civil war and selling out-of -date US military equipment to SL.

    Christo Friday, 23 March 2012 04:04 AM

    Apita Mada Nawalaa dhan carrot denawa

    Abdul Friday, 23 March 2012 09:03 AM

    Since they can't sell arms, they are diversifying...

    Coconut Donkey Friday, 23 March 2012 04:00 AM

    Sha! Even SL would have voted in favor of the resolution if we knew we were going to get these kinds of benefits....

    adikaram Friday, 23 March 2012 04:38 AM

    SL Gv. should tight restrictions on landing of any military related item , otherwise this would be a problem in future ....

    Kumara Friday, 23 March 2012 04:40 AM

    This is the typical behavior of western world. They want another crisis here to sell their weapons. They are success on it as well. Now the racism in Sri Lanka is expressed more than ever before. We should wake up and throw the racism away and unite to develop our country.

    anura Saturday, 24 March 2012 06:12 AM

    Please give some dollors to ease the mounting burden on us. We are economically bankrupt in reality with empty coffers but politicians are living in a heaven in their own minds and live in luxury with corrupotion left and right.

    ratne Friday, 23 March 2012 08:11 AM

    it wouls be better if enacted the changes to economic sanctions on Iran so that countries economy move fast forward

    Ayyo Friday, 23 March 2012 06:25 AM

    Please save our country from Tamilnandu, it seems tamils going to separate elam and join tamilnadu to it and create new country :) wow india!

    ff Friday, 23 March 2012 08:22 AM

    this is not a good sign..America has little interest in Tamil rights or peace in Sri Lanka...Everyone with a half a brain should know what they are up for


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