SRI LANKAN AMBASSADOR DISCUSSES LTTE CONFLICT
WITH U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE
His Excellency Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka’s
ambassador to the United States, recently discussed the fighting
in the north against LTTE forces with U.S. Secretary of State
During a meeting called by Secretary Clinton
of all ambassadors in Washington, Amb. Wickramasuriya spoke privately
with Secretary Clinton about the LTTE’s use of civilians
as human shields in the conflict zone.
Secretary Clinton told the ambassador that the
United States is anxious for the fighting to end and that it will
support Sri Lankan redevelopment efforts. Her remarks were similar
to those she made to President Mahinda Rajapaksa during a recent
telephone call to discuss the fighting and prospects for peace
in the north.
The United States, along with Canada, the European
Union and India, have designated the LTTE a terrorist organization.
The U.S. Treasury Department in February froze the funds of the
Tamil Foundation, a charity based in the state of Maryland, USA.
The department said that the group was supporting the LTTE in
Embassy of Sri Lanka
26 March 2009