Respect Fonseka’s rights


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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