MINISTER MORAGODA BRIEFS U.S. GOVERNMENT ON
US Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Armitage has said the United
States Government was pleased with the progress that had been
made at the recently concluded round of talks between the Sri
Lanka Government and the LTTE and has reiterated strong US support
for the peace process.
This assurance was given by Mr. Armitage when he met Sri Lanka's
Minister for Economic Reform, Science & Technology Milinda
Moragoda at the State Department this morning (08th November).
Mr. Moragoda is in Washington as part of the ongoing process to
keep the US Government briefed on developments concerning the
peace process. They discussed the outcome of the second session
of the talks which concluded in Bangkok on November 3rd and particularly
focused on the meeting to be held in Oslo on November 25th, aimed
at mobilizing financial support for immediate humanitarian and
rehabilitation action in the North and East. Mr. Armitage said
he would be personally leading the US delegation to this meeting
and that the US is committed to continuing support for these vital
objectives through projects that would yield an immediate impact.
He expressed the hope that the negotiating process will lead to
a permanent end to the Sri Lankan conflict based on the principles
of democracy and respect for human rights, while maintaining the
country's territorial integrity. The discussion also focused on
the role of the US in providing development assistance for the
rest of Sri Lanka. The comprehensive donor conference for this
purpose is scheduled to be held in Tokyo early next year. The
possible role that the US can play with regard to the Youth Corp
and the E-Lanka initiative was also discussed. Assistant Secretary
of State Christina Rocca and James Andrew Bever of USAID were
associated at this meeting.
Minister Moragoda also held separate meetings with Assistant
Secretary of State Rocca, Jim Moriarty of the National Security
Council and Peter Rodman of the Department of Defence.
During his stay in Washington, Minister Moragoda also met with
Mr. Shengman Zhang, Managing Director and Acting President of
the World Bank. Discussions focused on the forthcoming Oslo meeting.
The World Bank expressed satisfaction with the direction of the
ongoing peace process and the economic reform program. They also
pledged support to the E-Lanka project. He also met the Deputy
Managing Director of the IMF Mr. Shigemitsu Sugisaki.
Sri Lanka's Ambassador designate to the US, Devinda Subasinghe
and Sri Lanka's Charge d' Affaires a.i. in Washington, J.D.A.
Wijewardena were associated with the Minister at these meetings.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
08 November 2002