US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki answering questions at the daily press briefing held on 13 February 2015 said that Secretary Kerry reiterated our commitment to the people of Sri Lanka after the historic January 8th elections and for the ongoing effort to strengthen democratic institutions in Sri Lanka.
QUESTION: — the Sri Lankan foreign minister saying earlier this week that the UN sort of delay its report on human rights. You said you will be speaking about it after the meeting.
MS. PSAKI: Well, let me first do just a quick readout. The Secretary and the foreign minister met yesterday to discuss our bilateral relationship and other regional issues. The Secretary reiterated our commitment to the people of Sri Lanka after the historic January 8th elections and for the ongoing effort to strengthen democratic institutions in Sri Lanka. The Secretary reiterated support for the new government and its 100-day plan. He also underscored the United States and international commitment to accountability and reconciliation after nearly 30 years of war, and expressed ongoing support for a Sri Lanka that is peaceful, democratic, prosperous, inclusive, and unified.
In terms of the topic of the UN report, they discussed during their meeting, as I referenced, a range of bilateral and regional issues, including this issues – this issue. The United States, our focus and the focus of our partners in the international community is supporting accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. We’re determining the best way forward to address these issues. Obviously, it was discussed yesterday, but this is a matter for the UN High Commissioner to determine. We have absolute confidence in him and in this process.
QUESTION: But would you like the UN to delay the report?
MS. PSAKI: Again, we’re going to keep these conversations with the Sri Lankans and with the UN private.
QUESTION: I believe he has also extended an invitation to the Secretary to visit Colombo. Is the Secretary planning to visit?
MS. PSAKI: I don’t have any trips to announce.
QUESTION: Has that been accepted?
MS. PSAKI: I know the Secretary would certainly like to, so we’ll see what happens with his schedule.
QUESTION: But he has accepted that invitation?
MS. PSAKI: Well, I think he expressed that he would certainly love to visit Sri Lanka at an appropriate time. (State Gov)