SRI LANKA’S AMBASSADOR TO U.S. MEETS
WITH TOP SENATE LEADER
Diplomat and Senator Discuss End of Conflict
with LTTE, Beginning of Peace in Sri Lanka
Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya with Senator Richard Durbin.
Also in the picture (L-R) - Dr. Jayasiri Fernando, Ambassador
Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Senator Richard Durbin, Mr. Hiranya Udawatte,
Mr Bhikku Mahinda
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the United States
met recently with the second-highest ranking member of the U.S.
Senate to discuss the resolution of the conflict against the Tamil
Tigers and aid for Sri Lanka’s future.
Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya accompanied
three Sri Lankans from Illinois to the meeting with Sen. Dick
Durbin, an Illinois Democrat who is also the Senate majority whip.
Ambassador Wickramasuriya explained the resolution
of the conflict to Senator Durbin, as well as the plans for reconstruction
in the north of the country, where most of the recent combat took
Ambassador also described a plan to rebuild roads
and bridges, water and sanitation facilities, schools and hospitals
and up to 80,000 homes. He noted that local elections would soon
be held to bring a part of the political solution to Tamil civilians
who have been displaced by the fighting.
The 250,000 displaced persons now living in welfare
centers, he said, will return home as soon as possible after extensive
de-mining operations are completed, he said. Earlier this week,
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that most of the civilians
would be returned home within six months.
Senator Durbin pledged his support to the government
of Sri Lanka and its efforts to rebuild and carry out its urgent
Ambassador Wickramasuriya’s meeting with
Senator Durbin is the latest in a series of briefings the ambassador
has given to members of Congress on the conflict and its resolution.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
22 May 2009