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The United States said Tuesday that future cooperation with Sri Lanka depended on improvements in its human rights record and an accounting of the bloodshed at the end of the island's civil war.

"But the government's worrying record on human rights, its weakening of democratic institutions and practices, and the way in which it conducted the final months of its conflict against the Tamil Tigers hamper our ability to fully engage," Blake told the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives.

"We continue to stress the importance of reconciliation and accountability for the future civility and prosperity of that country," Blake said.


(AFP)


  Comments - 34

  • mike Wednesday, 06 April 2011 06:58 AM

    ohh that means if we say pro -USA thats matured??? whens your green card due mate?

    wara Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:46 AM

    No Sira, it was not MR at that time. So no need to worry about time. But if a sneeze of MR will worry them very much.

    MagodisThuma Wednesday, 06 April 2011 06:01 AM

    USA never killed civilians in other countries !.

    DUWI Wednesday, 06 April 2011 06:05 AM

    Sri Lanka should sever ties with the US for the blatant human rights violations in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Libya.

    v vendetta Wednesday, 06 April 2011 06:09 AM

    Mr. Blake, your words are empty as your hands are smeared with the blood of the human rights violations taking place in Guantanamo Bay, and the human rights violations during the offensives in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    spark Wednesday, 06 April 2011 06:10 AM

    Do that and see who gets hurt, idiot.

    indika Wednesday, 06 April 2011 06:27 AM

    You are a puppet of US. Whatever US say is correct with you. Think, if anybody point finger to others, he should be clean.

    Imran Wednesday, 06 April 2011 06:31 AM

    Blake,, you are a shame to all human beings, You are openly supports Terrorist who attack asia. You ( USA) needs all countries support for WAR against TALAIBAN. What a shame for humanity.

    Sira Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:42 AM

    Dear Mr. Bleke, Please look up to 71, 87-89 killings, right violations, and lack of accountability in those killings as well.

    B.B. Marasingha Wednesday, 06 April 2011 07:58 AM

    that man, not bolt.

    Seneviratne Wednesday, 06 April 2011 08:51 AM

    We are more worried about your track recod in the Middle East.
    Mr Blake hang a kite

    Dinesh Wednesday, 06 April 2011 09:40 AM

    Why are finding faults in others,better we clean ours

    Above the crowd Wednesday, 06 April 2011 10:22 AM

    Sri Lankans can,t see beyond the the nose,They will not hit the road like the people in Tunisia Egypt, Libya,Syria Yeman and so on,But every body will protest if the poonac prices go up.

    ind Wednesday, 06 April 2011 10:33 AM

    Same thing applies to US !!!!! They are the ones who finding others faults first.

    shavantha Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:07 AM

    in that case we should think of what happened in Vietnam Iraq Afghanistan and even Korea to have ties with the US

    mike Wednesday, 06 April 2011 04:27 AM

    blake are we doing badly without your support?? did u help us in da war effort? I ‘d rather support a govt which stood up for its sovereignty than da west!

    NAL Wednesday, 06 April 2011 04:43 AM

    Mr. Blake, look in to your own back-yard; you would find hundred of thousands of human-right violation records there; from hiroshima-nagasaki to vietnam, from Afghanistan to Iraq, etc.

    TMA Wednesday, 06 April 2011 04:45 AM

    Now I'm expecting lot of imature comments, like "we don't need 2 have ties with USA"

    lloyds Wednesday, 06 April 2011 04:54 AM

    Get a life man, when things ddint go in your way this is what only thing u ppl have to say. when u kill ppl in iraq u only say "sorry", when others do a little error they have to sacrffice their guts out and label as war criminals, double standard .

    ind Wednesday, 06 April 2011 04:52 AM

    We are doing well without US & EU. If you come that way simply we can say, Go and fly a kite !

    TMA Wednesday, 06 April 2011 04:57 AM

    Try selling apparels 2 China lol

    Super Dave Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:01 AM

    At least they have the courage to admit the mistake and say "Sorry" without covering it up!

    TMA Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:00 AM

    Fine, we can vehemently ignore the so called violations during the war. But even after the war the rights in this country R abused. That's the problem

    Gayan Samarasekara Wednesday, 06 April 2011 04:24 AM

    ah that country, not Libya...

    ind Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:10 AM

    We too considering seriously about US human right records (Past, present and future) and re think of corporation with US !!

    Punchi Putha Wednesday, 06 April 2011 04:59 AM

    Mr.Blake, you keep saying this, but what actions you have taken?

    ind Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:14 AM

    Here is a mature comment Ha, Ha Haa !!!!

    m-jaya Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:15 AM

    correct your human rights record first & preach to others...HOW do you define the bloodshed your forces done in Hiroshima Nagasaki Vietnam Iraq Afghan.& Libya..?

    ind Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:20 AM

    It's better rather than live without a backbone !!

    ind Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:22 AM

    What a funny thing. Verry simple, then, BIG VERRY SORRY for those who killed in the war time !!!!!!!!!!!! Now all clear !!!!!

    malkanthi Wednesday, 06 April 2011 05:32 AM

    You are right, at this rate we wouldnt have defeated LTTE, and the UN, ICRC, NGO are making a fast buck. This is what the westerners expect.


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