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WASHINGTON — A US congressional committee voted to ban aid to Sri Lanka unless the nation shows "accountability" over the bloodshed in the final stages of its civil war in 2009.

In a voice vote, the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a measure that would ban all US government funding to Sri Lanka except for humanitarian aid, demining and activities to promote democracy and governance.

The measure -- sponsored by Representative Howard Berman, the top member of President Barack Obama's Democratic Party on the panel -- would only allow aid once the administration certifies progress by Sri Lanka on key concerns.

The concerns include "accountability for those involved in violations of human rights and war crimes at the end of Sri Lanka's civil war," including members of the defeated rebel Tamil Tigers.

Other criteria include an improved climate for freedom of the press, an end to emergency regulations and information from the government on the fate of people unaccounted for at the end of the civil war.

The US Agency for International Development had requested close to $13 million for Sri Lanka in the 2010 fiscal year.

While the House measure enjoyed broad support, it will not immediately take effect as it was in the form of an amendment for spending in the next fiscal year starting in October. A final package will come through lengthy negotiations between the House of Representatives and Senate.

In 2009, Sri Lanka's military killed the top leaders of the Tamil Tiger rebels, wiping out an insurgent force known for suicide bombings and recruitment of child soldiers in its decades-long separatist campaign.

The United Nations has said that up to 7,000 civilians were killed in the final months of fighting. A UN report has also spoken of abuses, alleging that the government executed rebel leaders who had worked out a surrender.

A documentary first broadcast on Britain's Channel 4 last month purportedly shows prisoner executions, sexual assaults and the aftermath of the shelling of civilian hospitals.

Sri Lanka's military has denied any civilian deaths and said that the footage on the documentary was doctored.

The country has promised that a local panel will take action if war crime allegations are proven but has rejected international calls for a UN-backed probe
(AFP)

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anu Friday, 22 July 2011 03:39
Next step will be lifting the ban on LTTE
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RW Friday, 22 July 2011 03:50
Ya If Sri Lanka does not act in a professional way.
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Fayad Friday, 22 July 2011 04:04
What about the last stages of Iraq & the present Afghanistan ????
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IND Friday, 22 July 2011 04:16
Last stage yet to come. This is first stage still !!
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Chathu Friday, 22 July 2011 04:08
So that tiger cubs could learn how to be the next generation of bombers.
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dilan Friday, 22 July 2011 04:31
Dont worry....US anyway does not give a lot of aid to SL.....gives less than 1% of total aid..... So nothing to loose....
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UK TAMIL BOY Friday, 22 July 2011 09:55
COULD BE...
WHO KNOWS.....?
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christo Friday, 22 July 2011 03:59
America cannot stomach that we did what they cannot do, That is wiping out terrorism. If there no Al Qaeda who will US sell weapons to? Any way the aid they give is minimal, China will compensate for any short fall in aid. It will be the US who will lose out on access to Indian Ocean.
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raju Friday, 22 July 2011 04:34
nothing to worry....China can cover that aid....US is at the bottom of the coutries giving aid to SL.....
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Bumba Saturday, 23 July 2011 01:32
Sorry "patriot". We get high interest rate loans from China. Not grants or aid.
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raj Friday, 22 July 2011 04:00
for the first time, Canada has listed wanted war criminals that includes some Sri Lankans. the day and night wall arond war criminals are growing. Finally, there will be no place to hide except facing the justice. Just buying support is noting going to safe from war crimes charges.
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dilan Friday, 22 July 2011 04:32
LTTE war criminals are not in the list....most of the EX -LTTE killers are in Canada..... None of their names were in the List...This shows there are some LTTE supporters in the Canada Govt...
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Sinha Friday, 22 July 2011 04:03
So in actual terms the rality is that, the US does not give any aid other than the humanitarian aid, demining and activities to promote democracy and governance. We will not bother to please the Idiots who give US $ 13 million. try giving about 10 Billion dollors. then you might see some activities
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HH Friday, 22 July 2011 04:14
So do it idiots....
US is the most ugliest and stupidest country of all. Before putting their nose to our issues INVESTIGATE your blood sheds..... Idiots
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Kapila Friday, 22 July 2011 04:19
Next step will be the USA defaulting on it's national debt. MR might send them some tea as an aid package. US debt is $8.5 trillion and they owe ;
Japan $644 billion
China $350 billion
OPEC countries $100 billion
Congress is debating the issue of rising the debt ceiling to $13 trillion (from $9 trillion)
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raju Friday, 22 July 2011 04:36
Yeah....This is nothing to do with war crimes....US is just trying to save money....
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Wara Friday, 22 July 2011 04:32
You keep your Pea Nut. We will stand on our own foot very soon.
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DeSelva Friday, 22 July 2011 04:32
Mixed signals
Hillary dare utter the word war crime against Sri Lanka when in Chennai.
US congressional comittee does the opposite.
Politics of duplicity
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Sammy Friday, 22 July 2011 04:39
Not to worry, there is China. US is in heavy debt to China.
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Indika Friday, 22 July 2011 06:17
Yes, budget depict US$ 14 TRILLIONS !!!!!!!
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Indika Friday, 22 July 2011 06:19
Per person over US$ 75,000 debt.
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Gamarala Friday, 22 July 2011 07:00
US is better than China 100 times. You will realize this in 5 yeras or more. Wait and see
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Rohan Friday, 22 July 2011 10:39
Yes Gamarala when US goes bust. They are heading that way at the moment. There is no recovery for US and they are running like mad dogs behind China and if possible India. But India and China are shrewd and have already told US to get their house in order.
Just because we think their skin is white dont think they are superior. We asians a lot much better in management
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sinnavi Friday, 22 July 2011 06:14
We have China to help us. Who cares about US.
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DUWI Friday, 22 July 2011 06:45
China will fill the gap. Anyway US aid is money borrowed from China.
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Shan Friday, 22 July 2011 06:52
This is a good opportunity to prove efforts for self-sufficiency and to stand on our own foot. Bravo Sri Lanka...
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Atch Friday, 22 July 2011 14:12
If we think we can stand on our own foot, then why we are talking about China and Russia?
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S.Dilruk Friday, 22 July 2011 07:41
That's very good. Leave Sri Lanka away. We can live without US donates. GOSL must stop receiving aids gradually now. Good start for SL. China is 100 times better than US.
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Atch Friday, 22 July 2011 14:09
Hope all Sri Lankans who are holding dual citizenship (SL * USA) will cancel their US citizenship and apply for China's visa?
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Javi Friday, 22 July 2011 07:47
I think, Next punch by EU
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Asela Friday, 22 July 2011 07:48
Some of our guys still in dream world thinking about China, what is the use of China?
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eddy Friday, 22 July 2011 07:52
Our economy is fine and we are coming out of terrorism,looks like US is bankrupt and getting into terrorism.
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Hilarious Hillary Friday, 22 July 2011 09:52
Looks like we might have to send some aid to US if they don’t raise the debt ceiling by august.
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UK TAMIL BOY Friday, 22 July 2011 09:54
IN SRI LANKA, THE PROGRESS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IS VERY SLOW , ALSO THEY DIDN'T PROTECT THE DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS. THAT'S WHY AMERICA CONGRESS TOOK THIS DECISION.
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Dias Friday, 22 July 2011 10:10
close the American mission in sri lanka we dont need any more
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P.B. Friday, 22 July 2011 10:13
No problem, our economy is stronger than US.
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freehit Friday, 22 July 2011 10:15
USD 13 m. is peanuts, Obama. We have lost much more than that,of just to import a shipload of sub standard (junk ?) oil.
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kanishka Friday, 22 July 2011 10:25
we should get whatever aid we receive,may it be from America or China everything helps. If we had an administration who is capable of keeping both sides happy, this wouldn't be the case. A core principle of diplomacy is keeping everyone happy, but present government has miserably failed in that area!
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suresh Friday, 22 July 2011 10:32
Us Tamil we are happy
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gd Friday, 22 July 2011 10:37
Cutting aids to countries that do not fall in the US line could be one of Obama's proposals to secure Republican support to raise the debt ceiling. Also, if you investigate this committee you will surely find LTTE money at work. US Aid is peanuts anyway. Don't be surprised to hear similar announcements from EU and Japan very soon. I see this as a blessing in disguise. We should be realistic about our goals now. In this scenario, we can assume the result of Commonwealth Games result. STOP CORRUPTION! COUNTRY WILL PROSPER! Do we have a leader???? Million dollar question........When will Prince Diyasena appear???
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neil Friday, 22 July 2011 10:48
Mr.Dias, I agree with you 100% and even the Arab Countries
should follow suite.
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ajith Friday, 22 July 2011 11:29
US Keep your aid.
SL will supply you Bananas free of charge
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ajith Friday, 22 July 2011 11:31
US will aid all rebel groups in the world for their benefit.
Libiya is a simple example.
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Thanu Friday, 22 July 2011 14:30
Same US supported SL to fight against rebels. At that point we all happy. now we are saying US is supporting rebels. What a thoughts.....LOL
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mw Friday, 22 July 2011 11:33
Very good
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Rohan Friday, 22 July 2011 23:34
Who destroyed Iraq,Afginistan. Why Sri Lanka. Tell Obama to fly a kite !!!!!!!!!!!
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Ben Saturday, 23 July 2011 00:32
This is the time to Stand alone SL as a nation,

Fiji surviving without US
Cuba surviving
why not SL?
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Suri Saturday, 23 July 2011 04:14
We have all messed up, but this accountability is good.
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