US for process in Lanka with UN support

US Secretary of State John Kerry says the US will support a domestic process led and owned by the Sri Lankan people and conducted in cooperation with the UN and with international support.

The US Embassy in Colombo said that Kerry had expressed this view when he met President Maithripala Sirisena in New York.

The Secretary commended the bold steps taken by the new Sri Lankan government to restore democratic freedoms at home and to renew its engagements with the United Nations and other key partners abroad.

He noted the United States’ support for a credible domestic process for justice and reconciliation in Sri Lanka — one that is led and owned by the Sri Lankan people and is conducted in cooperation with the UN and with international support.

The Secretary and President Sirisena also discussed ways in which the United States can support Sri Lanka in pursuing clean energy initiatives, improving cooperation on climate change efforts in the run-up to the COP 21 meeting in Paris, and working toward open government goals. (Colombo Gazette)