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The United States today commended the Sir Lankan government’s efforts in resettling most of those who were internally displaced by the fighting in the country.

“I commend the Government’s efforts in resettling most of those who were internally displaced by the fighting US Ambassador in Colombo Patricia Butenis said.

Praising the Sri Lanka Army and the local and international INGOs for successful demining operations in the country, she said “due to the heroic efforts of the Sri Lankan Army and Sri Lankan and international demining organizations, large swaths of the North and East are now cleared of mines. However, much work still remains and our continuing support will enable the process to be completed more quickly.”

“Demining is an essential element of this resettlement process.  The mines have meant that people can’t return to their homes, that farmers can’t plant and harvest crops, that villagers have to worry about explosives in water wells, and that children can mistake a mine for a toy,” she said in a statement after donating five ambulances to the Sri Lanka Army in Colombo.

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  • Ama Friday, 24 December 2010 04:13 AM

    Will there be a cable that we'd see on Wikileaks praising the effort ??

    mohandev Friday, 24 December 2010 04:19 AM

    Another ploy by yankees to cover up their wikileaks against SL. Only the colombian fools will fall for yet another trick of theirs.

    Yuri Friday, 24 December 2010 04:26 AM

    Exactly.. mean time they sharping the Knife... learn that Modaya. US pushing UK to their Job, hand caff is ready

    sam Friday, 24 December 2010 04:42 AM

    sad to learn that ARMY have accepted 4 ambulance donated by US embassy...
    Be carefull when you dealing with US,

    shaan gunasekara Friday, 24 December 2010 07:00 PM

    not to worry, India will never allow U.S. backed EELAM

    Hema Friday, 24 December 2010 06:36 AM

    We don't hear of Rome now. So will us be. Hema

    thinker Friday, 24 December 2010 06:57 AM

    Yes,This is the message to media.But what did you write though cable to US? for sure something else....correct?

    whataload Saturday, 25 December 2010 04:40 PM

    if only all politicians and diplomutts would learn from their mistakes the world would be a much better place!

    Konde bendapu china Thursday, 23 December 2010 12:05 PM

    At Last some thing Positive,Learn from our people how to behave during crises time.We saw how your country did during Hurricane Katrina

    KD Thursday, 23 December 2010 12:06 PM

    Her credibility has suffered irreparable damage after the wikileaks fiasco. How can we take her words seriously?

    Tin Thursday, 23 December 2010 12:19 PM

    Good that they see the positive side too.

    Anyone can shout or whine, but de-mining is not an easy task after all.

    hb Thursday, 23 December 2010 12:21 PM

    Thank you wikileaks!!!

    Ossan Salam - Doha Thursday, 23 December 2010 12:28 PM

    What a come back after wikileaks backdrop........diplomacy born in the family of hypocrisy

    Lokaya Friday, 24 December 2010 08:02 AM

    Yes at least you have to eat humble pie after summoned by the external affairs ministry and now do damage control after the weekly leaks exposures. Sri Lanka has her friends in the likes of China, India, Russia and the non aligned countries, and you are aware of your inability influence any outcome, other than preach about the need to undertake a human rights probe, for which the government responded with a pinch of salt. Yes there is no alternative other than to praise our Army and the government

    Niroshan Senanayake Thursday, 23 December 2010 12:40 PM

    Thanks , If it's from heart ...!!!!

    kumar Thursday, 23 December 2010 12:40 PM

    Thank you, Wikileaks and Assange!! Still, much work yet to be done!!

    lalith Wije Thursday, 23 December 2010 01:16 PM

    Thank you. I am sure the Afghan people will also thank you if you could do the same in Afghanistan and if you could stop killing innocent Afghans as unlike in Sri Lanka no one can charge you for war crimes.Please remember what the Afghans are doing to you is what they did to the Russians which was encouraged by you and you accused the Russians of HR violations. Lalith Wije.

    Dinithii Thursday, 23 December 2010 01:14 PM

    Well well well. Looks like she and US are under pressure. Wikileaks have done good.

    KHKaru Thursday, 23 December 2010 01:18 PM

    Rahul Gandhi, please copy.

    We pepole Thursday, 23 December 2010 01:55 PM

    You learn fast

    We pepole Thursday, 23 December 2010 02:05 PM

    Send this to state office through your's cable as well

    Wimal Herbert Thursday, 23 December 2010 02:21 PM

    Butenis, the trained diplomat, is merely engaged in damage control. Hope the Minister of Foreign Affairs will not be deceived by these tricks

    channa Thursday, 23 December 2010 02:22 PM

    Butter....Butter ....Butter....

    Nihal Fernando Friday, 24 December 2010 10:13 AM

    Well said

    dushy Thursday, 23 December 2010 03:15 PM

    Thanks to wikileaks!

    xlntgson Friday, 24 December 2010 10:38 AM

    Hope, she won't retract after the new year holidays!

    Mudiyanse Thursday, 23 December 2010 03:42 PM

    dear madam , please "cable" this to state department for Assange to publish this in wikileaks !

    Rotten Belek Thursday, 23 December 2010 03:48 PM

    The cat that dropped shit on the rock now trying to spray perfumes. What a joke?

    Cobra Thursday, 23 December 2010 03:48 PM

    All of a sudden, about turn!!!!!

    Dinithii Friday, 24 December 2010 11:23 AM

    Under pressure from within their administration to rectify the relationship. It is highly unprofessional for a US diplomat to make such blatant statements against other governments without any hard evidence. They have to strike a balance between both Tamil voter backed human rights parties and SL government. US does not want us to fall 100% in to China's hands. If they dont want anything from us they would have closed the embassy to save costs. Do you think they maintain deplomatic relationships with us becuase they love us and care about us?

    Jay Ranaweera Thursday, 23 December 2010 04:12 PM

    Admitting the wrongs done to Sri Lanka believing the false allegations forwarded by unpatriotic elements, in a different form too has to be admired.

    SL Thursday, 23 December 2010 04:35 PM

    OK but, Don't send a cable to your bosses bitching about the SL Government. Julian will leak it and you will be embarrassed again.

    Ombudsman Thursday, 23 December 2010 04:35 PM

    Well said Lady, Sri Lanka needs international support to move forward.

    Lalinda Thursday, 23 December 2010 04:43 PM

    As a compliment, we should also praise the US killing spree in Afghanistan and Pakistan with drone attacks.

    oyage podi guru Thursday, 23 December 2010 05:04 PM

    If it were not for several foreign countries, this country would be in terrible shape. Sometimes I think you hold out the right hand to beg and then slap with the left hand.

    adahan Friday, 24 December 2010 12:25 PM

    What an acrobatic tactic.This is what we call the western double standard attitude. The praise in the words of US ambassador in nothing but hypocrisy.

    Fair N Square Thursday, 23 December 2010 05:37 PM

    Hahahaha this comes to save face in regard to wikileaks. She is a snake under the grass and a Persona Non Grata. Expel her or ask the State Dept to recall her. If she is allowed to stay here, she will hatch loads of underground plans to discredit the govt and ultimately Sri-Lanka.

    Once bitten twice shy !!!!

    shameer Thursday, 23 December 2010 05:41 PM

    end of US boasting.... its like US's moon journey..... a full lie........

    rosh Thursday, 23 December 2010 05:46 PM

    Oh Seems wikileaks is working !!! AND the govt is blackmailing the US

    sltk2004 Thursday, 23 December 2010 05:41 PM

    Under pressure from whom?

    Padmini Thursday, 23 December 2010 05:47 PM

    Thank you. At last, US understand the real situation in Sri Lanka.

    charlie Thursday, 23 December 2010 06:03 PM

    Sorry, Rahul is getting ready (putting bases) for the elections.

    Thas Thursday, 23 December 2010 06:29 PM

    How much did you get from MR???

    Shaik Anwar Ahamath Friday, 24 December 2010 01:53 PM

    Instead of gloating, we should take this in good faith because we need the US more than they need us. Let the past be forgotten.

    Rotten Belek Thursday, 23 December 2010 06:59 PM

    No, she is a snake on the grass spreading venum all over the world.

    Butanis wathi Thursday, 23 December 2010 06:57 PM

    Well said, R.O.B.

    Ran Thursday, 23 December 2010 07:13 PM

    from each and every one.

    Prasanna - UK Thursday, 23 December 2010 07:26 PM

    Hello Mr.Callistus Jayathilake, Where are you? We appreciate your comments at this moment.

    Madihe son Friday, 24 December 2010 01:57 PM

    What's up now ? After all this human rights abuse accusations against the forces, they are now donating 3 spanking new Ambulances to the Army !

    Prasanna - UK Thursday, 23 December 2010 07:28 PM

    None other than our Hon. President Mahinda Rajapakshe and the government of Sri Lnaka.

    Prasanna - UK Thursday, 23 December 2010 07:38 PM

    How much did you get from SF and the UNP+JVP to issue the message to US govt. at that time???

    dpl Thursday, 23 December 2010 08:09 PM

    US is cleaing the dirty work did by india.soniaand his stooges pm

    Chriseka Thursday, 23 December 2010 10:31 PM

    Isn't it implied? The rest of the world except the Tamil Diaspora and their crinies?

    channa Friday, 24 December 2010 03:19 PM

    Never believe her....US is always having a Double game...

    channa Friday, 24 December 2010 03:21 PM

    From All the world....US is stripped of its clothes....

    channa Friday, 24 December 2010 03:23 PM

    Good Question...

    korala Friday, 24 December 2010 01:40 AM

    where is the answer for GL'S question

    chenamana Friday, 24 December 2010 02:35 AM

    Here you are. This is teh outcome of the GL Peries metting with Patricia last week. It is not related to the wikileaks issue. She must have damanded a big sum for this statement.

    navin Friday, 24 December 2010 02:43 AM

    Do you think state dept. will replace her at our wish? What if state dept. refuses to assign a replacement?

    BEDI Friday, 24 December 2010 02:54 AM

    MR has applied doctors charming oil on Patricia Butenis

    Lanka Friday, 24 December 2010 03:22 AM

    You are quite correct Rotten Belek.

    Karthik Friday, 24 December 2010 03:40 AM

    Public statements will be like this. But through secret cables upside down story will be shared.

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