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3 October 2014 04:25 am - 40     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The US said that there has been no softening of its stand on Sri Lanka with regard to the human rights situation, as being reported in a section of the media.

The news report about such a change in American stance came after recent meeting of Secretary of State John Kerry, with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in New York on the sidelines of the annual session of the United Nations General Assembly.

"The only thing that was right was that the Secretary did speak with the Sri Lankan president on the margins of the UN General Assembly," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington denying such reports in this regard.

"He (Kerry) did so with the express purpose of conveying that US policy with regard to Sri Lanka has not changed and it certainly has not softened," she said in response to a question.

"We would, of course, like our relationship with Sri Lanka to achieve its full potential, but that will only happen if Sri Lanka builds enduring peace and prosperity for all of its diverse ethnic and religious communities," she said.

"And that's why the Secretary, in no uncertain terms, made clear to the president that Sri Lanka needed to take meaningful steps to act like a country that is no longer at war and instead is now building a future that includes all of its citizens. So certainly it had the opposite purpose," Psaki said. (PTI)

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  Comments - 40

  • lall Friday, 03 October 2014 10:11 AM

    u are correct

    Ceylonese Friday, 03 October 2014 07:56 AM

    mere statement... that's it. Lets mind our own business

    kumar Friday, 03 October 2014 08:14 AM

    But you can expect lot more from China!

    Gaya Friday, 03 October 2014 08:35 AM

    China is busy with students in Hongkong protesting for their human rights.

    Citizen Friday, 03 October 2014 08:40 AM

    Madam,You have pulled us down from the dream world

    Lara Friday, 03 October 2014 08:42 AM

    Not . its good for minorities presently worried about their business and future in Sri Lanka

    The Last Dinosaur Friday, 03 October 2014 02:21 PM

    sorry madam... our president is very poor in English. .. lol.. via DM Android App

    Saman Friday, 03 October 2014 09:04 AM

    Sri Lankan government should have more pressure on investigating these issues. If not, the majority will not let the minority live this this country even in future.

    chinthaka Friday, 03 October 2014 09:11 AM

    You mean Americans ? Human rights ? OMG !

    AM Friday, 03 October 2014 09:56 AM

    need to take a photo with US president

    kuma Friday, 03 October 2014 07:53 AM

    Madam, our president can't grasp a conversation!

    PRASANNAJIT Friday, 03 October 2014 11:01 AM

    [quote name="Jayasekara"]then why have not taken any action against assault on diplomat[/quote]
    That is also relates to human rights.

    Mary Anne Perera Friday, 03 October 2014 11:17 AM

    what with the happenings violation all being reported by the media.....surely americans can see it

    Yehiya Friday, 03 October 2014 11:24 AM

    Discussed held in pali or sinhala

    Jayam Friday, 03 October 2014 11:38 AM

    He was good at stacking books at library shelf.

    supermotoaddict Friday, 03 October 2014 11:58 AM

    And you don't seem to be either.

    Mason Friday, 03 October 2014 12:48 PM

    Mr. President, you've read Kerry wrong. Big blunder.

    Suq Madique Friday, 03 October 2014 03:11 PM

    Looks like the US has learnt the art of double-talk...GLP's influence??

    Muthyavan. Saturday, 04 October 2014 01:20 PM

    That is why we should have educated people running the country. via DM iPad app

    Calistus Jayatilleke Sunday, 05 October 2014 10:32 AM

    This is due to lack of nuances of English - especially the American English - by our so called King. Even poor Saradiel had to die because those who read the telegram from the British authorities did not know where to put the full-stop: It said Kill him not. spare him. But the full stop had been mistakenly put between "him" and "not"

    Aso San Friday, 03 October 2014 05:50 AM

    It is not regime hates. It is good news for people who value Human Rights and Accountability. Both secondary to "so called patriots"

    Aso San Friday, 03 October 2014 04:29 AM

    Thank You Uncle Sam.

    Jayasekara Friday, 03 October 2014 05:13 AM

    then why have not taken any action against assault on diplomat

    mack Friday, 03 October 2014 10:46 AM

    well well we came to believe that SL premier scored a point with US but its the other way around. hope the entourage enjoyed the big Apple tour via DM Android App

    MW Friday, 03 October 2014 05:19 AM

    lol !

    Kandiah Friday, 03 October 2014 05:23 AM

    It's another story like the 25% reduction in electricity tariff,brain less Sri Lankan's are fooled by the king,but not the US.

    ABC Friday, 03 October 2014 11:00 AM

    What can expect from US Nothing. via DM Android App

    Sudath Friday, 03 October 2014 05:30 AM

    Hodatama nanawa

    Lasiba Friday, 03 October 2014 05:31 AM

    Suddi boru kiyanne.

    Goviralaya Friday, 03 October 2014 05:33 AM

    Contradictory to what you uttered??
    Very pathetic.....

    maddy Friday, 03 October 2014 04:29 AM

    Wow! Good news indeed for regime haters! c'mo US!

    Lanka Shantha Friday, 03 October 2014 05:56 AM

    Madam Don't break their happiness ( as usual let them lie)

    Don Friday, 03 October 2014 11:38 AM

    Is the average voter a bit dim or what to keep on voting for the King and believing every claptrap emiting from this power hungry corrupt regime. via DM Android App

    linar de silva Friday, 03 October 2014 06:14 AM

    Who the hell cares if they soften their stand or not ? As Modi said no one nation can dominate the world.

    kumar Friday, 03 October 2014 06:53 AM

    What a slap! If you are honest, no need to survive on this type of lies!

    mount Friday, 03 October 2014 12:26 PM


    The Analyst Friday, 03 October 2014 07:07 AM

    Prez, possibly didn't get the Americas accent!

    GC Friday, 03 October 2014 07:08 AM

    Oya boru kiyanawa rajawa beranda.

    GC Friday, 03 October 2014 07:10 AM

    …and no one person or family can dominate for ever the minds of people via untruths?

    Kadmin Friday, 03 October 2014 07:13 AM

    Guessing you are not a Sri lankan. Why bother commenting here.

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