US slash military links with SL

us_flagThe US has sent a strong message to the Mahinda Rajapaksa government to get it’s together by slashing a majority of the military cooperation between the US and Sri Lanka.

One of the key actions taken by the US government is to stop all military training provided by the US to Sri Lankan military personnel. Apart from the de-mining programme in the North, the US has drastically scaled down its military links with Sri Lanka.

The US has said it is committed to working with the Sri Lankan government and the people to strengthen democracy.
The US has also expressed disappointment at the government’s failure to take adequate steps to support accountability and reconciliation.

Assistant Secretary of South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal has said Sri Lanka is still undergoing a fragile transition although the war ended in 2009.

“In Sri Lanka, while we saw the end of a brutal conflict in 2009, the country is still undergoing a fragile transition.”
Biswal has made this remark to the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on Wednesday, at a hearing to assess the U.S. foreign assistance priorities in South Asia.

“While we are disappointed that the government has failed over the past four years to take adequate and meaningful steps to support accountability and reconciliation, the United States is committed to working with the people and the government of Sri Lanka to strengthen its democracy and to help the country move towards a more durable peace,” she has told the subcommittee.