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Former US envoy to Sri Lanka Teresita Schaffer ruled out American backing for Tamil Eelam and said that the concern about war crimes in Sri Lanka was not frivolous. There was evidence that the end of the civil war between the island troops and the LTTE was brutal.

At a forum on ‘US perspective on security in South Asian region with special emphasis on Nepal and Sri Lanka’ Schaffer stressed on Monday the need for genuine reconciliation by the Rajapaksa government.

“If the reconciliation process is allowed to slide, then some new internal conflict may spring up,” said Schaffer, who is also the director of the South Asia Programme at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “I don’t have any clear sense on how one can persuade the Sri Lankan leader on reconciliation,” she said.

Schaffer also welcomed reconciliation efforts but said the focus should also be on war crimes. The former US envoy also said that the American ties with India hasn’t changed strategically but was on its way there.

“South Asia gained importance in strategic thinking of the US during the last five years. Earlier, it was focused on Persian Gulf and Japan. Now the policy is driven by great possibilities of ties with India,” she said.

Schaffer said that she did not expect the US and Indian alliance against China, but at the same time added that China was one of the factors for the alliance.

(Express News Service)
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  • Nilantha Tuesday, 08 February 2011 08:28 AM

    So are you the minority Sinhalese..?

    Tom samUSa Tuesday, 08 February 2011 03:56 AM

    The only recociliation would be to hold a referendum Darfur style and let of NE decide the destiny.

    Nilantha Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:18 AM

    Why you not worry about WAR crimes happening and happened in Iraq and Afghanistan..?... instead making statements on defeating LTTE terrorism

    Gayan Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:22 AM

    USA is smart enough to know that they can't "lose" Sri Lanka to China. "Carrots" should overweight "sticks" for a start Madam.

    Noah Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:28 AM

    Same story with different story tellers..

    Asoka Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:03 AM

    Did Sri Lankan military bombed wedding gatherings or did Abu Grahib style prison tortures madam? Hm.. clear your backyard before making comments on Sri Lanka!

    Holman Tuesday, 08 February 2011 09:13 AM

    I am a proud Sri Lankan !

    FONI Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:42 AM

    THE MOST BRUTAL WAR CRIME IN HUMAN HISTORY WAS NUCLEAR BOMBINGS OF HIROSHIMA & NAGASAKI.

    Anushka Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:49 AM

    Take your bogus evidence and sit on it

    Konde bendapu china Tuesday, 08 February 2011 04:49 AM

    Go and ask from Eric Solhim

    Fayad Tuesday, 08 February 2011 05:06 AM

    Don't you think US Forces in Afghanistan & Iraq was brutal.& committed war crimes with Video evidence to prove. the brutality & Crime why pin pointing at others when your hand full of blood.

    xlntgson Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:45 AM

    Equivocal, but you long how good for the West, had LTTE survived, eh?

    Fair N Square Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:47 AM

    civilized world? are they the ones who bomb the hell of certain countries, kills its citizens and call it "COLLATERAL DAMAGE" ?

    Mister Huff Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:51 AM

    Was only the end of the Eelam war brutal? What about the Iraqi war ? Guantanamo bay is a simple matter or merely a bad dream? If not for Wikileaks the whole world would have been in the dark.

    Kasyapa Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:51 AM

    Everything is fair (OK) in love and war....

    hela ravana Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:02 AM

    waddup

    Ghost Tuesday, 08 February 2011 05:50 AM

    Yes, while the end of the Iraq war was very pleasant!

    sam1 Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:05 AM

    Stand on your head and ask some one to see any evidance is left..

    TDDC Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:18 AM

    Mum, what really do you want??

    shehan jayawardene Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:06 AM

    THERE IS NO SMOKE WITHOUT A FIRE...only konde bandapu cheenu and a majority of Sinhalese believe the zero casualties tall story...ha...

    tharanga Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:28 AM

    Textbook example of hypocrisy... Maybe the Oxford Dictionary should put in this article in their volumes to illustrate what the word "hypocrite" means!

    amedha Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:29 AM

    she's right,unless we move fast with reconciliation efforts,we will not only fail to win ovewr the tamil people but also lose our respectability in the eyes of the civilized world.

    Holman Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:40 AM

    Wars can't be innocent wars. Heh. Cant' you all remember the Iraqi war ??

    Sascha Cohen Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:47 AM

    I thought his name was Eric SollHeim, which in German literally means 'Eric shall go home'

    Justice Tuesday, 08 February 2011 06:56 AM

    This is to cover up. An SL VIP needs to go to USA again.... very soon!

    haramanis Tuesday, 08 February 2011 12:18 PM

    In your dreams mate..

    zorro Tuesday, 08 February 2011 12:35 PM

    US does not proclaim zero causality like we do? and most of the killings done in Iraq and Afghanistan are no secrets and even there have been court inquiries and one or the other is paying the price. There have been no Total denial like we do in SL.

    chandana Tuesday, 08 February 2011 12:58 PM

    Dont take North and East together, because East people dont want to stay with north.This is only in your dream

    YankeeBurgher Tuesday, 08 February 2011 07:59 AM

    and of course all the wars waged by US were zero casualty. when they do it - it's for the sake of Democracy. When we do it it's war crimes. Really The US is the plague of the world.


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