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US Secy. Of State pleased with Lankan efforts

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had praised Sri Lanka for the efforts taken to establish political and ethnic reconciliation, when the Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L Peiris met her for discussions in Washington D.C.
Speaking on the establishment of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission Secretary Clinton had said, “I think the steps that have been taken by the Sri Lankan Government are commendable and we are supporting that effort.”
Clinton had praised the resettlement of internally displaced people in the North. “There has been tremendous progress and many thousands of such internally displaced persons have returned home”, she said. She had acknowledged that 297,000 people had been resettled so far. Professor Peiris had said that the government will resettle the remaining 45,000 people within the next three months.
The minister had appraised her of President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s planned constitutional reforms. He had explained that the Tamil leadership would be included in the discussions on how to create the reforms.
The Secretary of State had acknowledged that the country faces daunting tasks in future, and that the government will have to take ‘ambitious but necessary’ steps to successfully face those challenges.
Furthermore, Mrs. Clinton had stated that the United States will stand by Sri Lanka and support the country’s political and economic initiatives in a spirit of partnership. “We are still providing humanitarian assistance, but we are also going far beyond humanitarian assistance in order to repair schools, help with infrastructure and to create jobs.”(TP)