US says time of great potential for all of Sri Lanka

usaidUS Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Andrew Mann and USAID Acting Mission Director Michael Eddy met Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran, on 12 March 2015.

The US officials also met with Northern Governor H.M.G.S. Palihakkara and  Security Forces Commander Maj General Nandana Udawatta.

The United States highlighted the return of land to civilians, the detention of political prisoners and the resolving of missing persons’ cases as concerns for people of the North, after officials visited the Northern Province this week.

In a press release the US Embassy said:

Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew C. Mann visited leaders in the Northern Province to explore opportunities for further support and reiterate the United States’ strong friendship with the people of Sri Lanka and overall commitment to a peaceful and united country.

In separate meetings with Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, as well as newly appointed Northern Governor H.M.G.S. Palihakkara and Security Forces Commander Nandana Udawatta, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Mann emphasized the importance of meaningful action to support the positive statements by the Government of Sri Lanka to bridge the gap between the North and the South.

“This is a time of great potential for all of Sri Lanka, including the North,” said Mr. Mann.  “We look forward to the resolution of a number of outstanding concerns for the people here, from returning land to addressing the issue of political prisoners and resolving missing persons’ cases.”

The delegation also met with local journalists and civil society leaders to hear their views.

“The United States will continue to promote human rights, good governance, transparency, accountability, and economic development for all the people of Sri Lanka,” said Mr. Mann.  “We stand ready to work with the new government to help address these issues.”

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