Daily Press Briefing by Spokesperson Victoria Nuland - 18 May 2012
QUESTION: Do you have a readout on Secretary s meeting with the Sri Lankan foreign minister this morning?
MS. NULAND: I do. Secretary met this morning for about 45 minutes with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Peiris. The foreign minister presented a very serious and comprehensive approach to the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission s implementation and the plans that the government has, including plans to make it more public and accessible both to Sri Lankans and to those outside Sri Lanka, what the government intends to do in the implementation realm.
The Secretary encouraged a really transparent, open, public process, not only on the LLRC specifically and its implementation, but also with regard to accountability to strengthen reconciliation, public confidence inside and outside Sri Lanka in the process and frankly, to speed the healing of the country. So she really she said good plan, now you really need to make it public now you really need to show your people, the world, the concrete implementation steps going forward.
She also stressed the importance, as she always does, of demilitarizing the north of getting to the provincial elections in the north protection of human rights, including protection of the press and generally the creation of an environment that s inclusive engagement and the creation of space for civil society along the lines of what she talked about globally earlier in the week.
They also had an exchange on Sri Lanka s efforts to reduce its dependence on Iranian crude, and we are encouraged by the steps that Sri Lanka has taken.
Minister Prof Peiris has repeatedly denied he had submitted any document or secret plan regarding the implementation of the recommendations made in the LLRC report since his return to the island after his meeting with Clinton.
Edited By - charlie1965 - 26 Jun 2012 02:45:56 GMT