The United States said Tuesday that future cooperation with Sri Lanka depended on improvements in its human rights record and an accounting of the bloodshed at the end of the island’s civil war.

“But the government’s worrying record on human rights, its weakening of democratic institutions and practices, and the way in which it conducted the final months of its conflict against the Tamil Tigers hamper our ability to fully engage,” Blake told the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives.

“We continue to stress the importance of reconciliation and accountability for the future civility and prosperity of that country,” Blake said.

(AFP)

Source: Daily Mirror – 06.04.2011