SRI LANKA'S U.S. ENVOY MEETS WITH SENATE
His Excellency Jaliya Wickramasuriya, Sri Lanka’s
ambassador to the United States, met this week with U.S. Sen.
Richard Lugar, to discuss the fighting in Northern Sri Lanka and
Wickramasuriya briefed Sen. Lugar, the ranking
member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, on the state
of the conflict against the LTTE forces in the north, and on prospects
for an end to the fighting in the weeks ahead.
Sen. Lugar, a Republican from Indiana, expressed
his concern for the safety of civilians held by the LTTE in the
conflict zone. He also expressed his desire that civilians displaced
by the fighting return to their homes under a government resettlement
effort. Some senators on Sen. Lugar’s committee have been
critical of the conflict, calling for a cease fire.
Amb. Wickramasuriya assured Sen. Lugar of the
progress government forces have made against the LTTE in recent
weeks. He also stressed the care taken to protect displaced citizens.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
26 March 2009