A US envoy heads to Sri Lanka next week to encourage a full accounting over its civil war after the government angrily rejected UN-backed allegations of atrocities, officials said.
Robert Blake, the assistant secretary of state handling South Asia, will leave Saturday on a six-day trip to Sri Lanka and Maldives for talks with political leaders and civil society, the State Department said.
A US official said Blake's visit to Sri Lanka had originally been planned a month ago and was not linked to the war panel report released Monday but that it was certain to come up in conversation.
The report commissioned by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon found "credible allegations" that both the Sri Lankan army and Tamil Tiger rebels had been involved in what could amount to war crimes or crimes against humanity.
The United Nations has estimated that tens of thousands of people died in the 2009 offensive, in which the government killed the top leadership of the Tamil Tigers and ended their nearly 40-year separatist insurgency.
Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris, meeting with diplomats on Thursday, denounced the report as "legally, morally and substantively flawed," and accused the United Nations of trying to destabilize the island.
But the United States has welcomed the report, with US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice calling for "an independent and full accounting of the facts."
Another US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the United States planned a "candid dialogue" with Sri Lanka and other countries to seek accountability over the civil war.
"We strongly support the secretary-general's call for Sri Lankan authorities to respond constructively to the report," the official said.
The Tamil diaspora has been actively pressing for an accounting of the war, contributing to calls by a number of US lawmakers for an international probe. (AFP)
Comments - 37
Andy Saturday, 30 April 2011 06:02 AM
dutugamunu Saturday, 30 April 2011 06:07 AM
ANTHER LTTE HENCHMEN IS HEADING TO SL ... DEPORT HIM ....
WISDOM Saturday, 30 April 2011 06:17 AM
Has President MR got any self respect to allow this man into the country???
Ragi Saturday, 30 April 2011 06:06 AM
If you dont like to US then kindly tell Defence Secretary cancell his citizenship.Be a Srilankan
Rajen Saturday, 30 April 2011 06:06 AM
thank you sir may good things happen..in comming day's..
Suren Soysa Saturday, 30 April 2011 06:31 AM
MR & the band wagon will lick his backside for sure. GL will inaugurate the session. Let see what Dr. Dutugamunu & Champika clan would do. UNP will be with open arms for "O Blake" to give the reins for ruling the country!!
Jix Saturday, 30 April 2011 06:37 AM
Blatant hypocrisy, Double Standards et al apart, he is a fantastic diplomat
Ga ndhi Saturday, 30 April 2011 06:34 AM
Let all Sri Lankans welcome this diplomat with all due respects and inform him that we are ready for talks with UN ( the world body in which sri lanka is also a member) and should not have any backward mind and attitude. After all sri lanka benefits lots of foreign aid due to intervention of UN humanitarian organizations such as World Red cross. World Bank, European Union etc. It is not Libya ,Iran,china or Russia or India helping Sri Lanka.Let us not forget this.
dutugamunu Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:06 AM
Eddy Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:07 AM
All our Govt: Has to do is call the former TNA MP, Mr S.Kanagaratnam to give evidence at the LLRC on his first hand encounters of the LTTE atrocities, in the last stages of the war. This is an eye witness account of LTTE brutality,on their own people(Innocent Tamil civilians) He's the only MP who lived with the civilians taken hostage by LTTE, & went through the horror! All the lies of UN,Tamil diaspora will be exposed!
nagulendran Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:16 AM
Spotted tiger is back....
Steve Gunaratne Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:24 AM
We should not even let him into our Country. He should be heading other countries that US made a mess of !
U.Biya Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:25 AM
Sri Lanka not played a match with terrorist, therefore no need Ampiers or Reffries study the Constitution and Anti terrorisem Act of SL
Wimal_Modawansa Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:35 AM
What is self respect?We are Sri Lankans.
raju Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:33 AM
Whoever oppose or whoever condemn the UN panel report is not going to block the UN or other countries which is respecting the international law and human rights. So there is only way for Sri Lanka is to cooperate with the international community and bring justice to the victims.
Guru4U Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:46 AM
Righto! The heat's on and the Chefs can't take it.
kaputakukula Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:53 AM
When I close my eyes.. it is pitch dark. But that does not mean that it is night? Let's not forget the world extends beyond the shores of Sri Lanka. Don't be blind to the reality.
Jayantha G Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:41 AM
Yes we can remember this man,how he was trying his best to bring this govt: down during the budget in 2007 with the help of some opposition members,had he succeeded Prabakaran is sill living and rest we all know.
Srupid Saturday, 30 April 2011 07:44 AM
If MR's brother can visit US, why not blake visit SL ??
Citizen Saturday, 30 April 2011 08:03 AM
That is Politics..... We Cannot do anything. ...People Strict, when the House Wife chases the man he will bend and get back to work... People fast unto death,, when the Tummy starts to shout slowly have a Lemon Puff and wait for the Leader come with Juice.................One Minister Shouts saying we will demonstrate,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and another comes and say no we are not ....One minister says Cricketers can play IPL and the other says i will not allow them..............These are common in the world.. We as Citizen just watch and take the punch from all sides
Shyam Saturday, 30 April 2011 08:40 AM
Visit is a test to measure the strength of independent thinking of the west and the Sri Lankans.
Yehiya-Doha Sunday, 01 May 2011 08:31 AM
Lower calibre politicians are mislead the leader & spoil the entire relationship with western nation. If government act on GSP+ , lot of thing sorted out long before.
sarath Sunday, 01 May 2011 08:36 AM
Welcome the advicer to LTTE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION with at least one business in each country
lal Saturday, 30 April 2011 08:56 AM
Idiot from outer space will be landing in Sri Lanka soon.
xlntgson Saturday, 30 April 2011 09:13 AM
Oh! Robert O' blake again oh!
nishu Saturday, 30 April 2011 09:20 AM
the bull back
Einstien Saturday, 30 April 2011 09:07 AM
You should be visiting Afghanistan and Iraq, where innocent civilians are being killed right at this moment.
bandar Saturday, 30 April 2011 09:10 AM
Some people in the world have really boring lives and for entertainment, they poke fingers at the 3rd world. Lets enjoy with them that's all what everyone could do.
MagodisThuma Saturday, 30 April 2011 09:59 AM
Sorry Sir... we can show you only the bones of tigers !.
Boby Saturday, 30 April 2011 10:16 AM
I thought Blake is comming SL to participate in MR's May day rally
NOBEE PERERA Saturday, 30 April 2011 10:42 AM
AFTER SRI LANKA , HE WILL GO TO AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ?
soysa Sunday, 01 May 2011 04:36 AM
eddy-------he is in under gun point by army . like a human sheil
Harfim Sunday, 01 May 2011 04:51 AM
Let him come, but just boycott him!
DUWI Saturday, 30 April 2011 05:27 AM
The Bully is back.
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 30 April 2011 05:48 AM
Wonder what is the opinion of the one and only super patriot Gel Wansa on this visit of US envoy. Should we allow the scheming imperialists into our country to look into our affairs.
Ariya Saturday, 30 April 2011 05:56 AM
He maybe a US official, but not a Sri Lankan one, so why should we allow him to come in? He should be deported!
Labby Saturday, 30 April 2011 05:58 AM
Looks like the heat is on.
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