Govt, TNA talks must resume - Blake
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian region
and former US ambassador to Colombo Robert O Blake yesterday stressed
the importance of early resumption of talks between the government and
the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to agree on power to be devolved to
He emphasised the need to have an accelerated process to implement
the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission ( LLRC) recommendations
and its action plan. Blake also urged the government to hold the
Northern Provincial Council election soon. Speaking at a press
conference at the American Centre yesterday, the US Assistant Secretary
of State said he met External Affairs Minister Prof G L Peiris,
Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga and Presidential Special
Envoy on Human Rights and Plantation Industries Minister Mahinda
Samarasinghe. He said LLRC is a home grown process and government takes
the ownership of the process.
Blake was of the view that progress has to be made in the
implementation of the LLRC recommendations and its action plan.
He said the US is continuously engaged with Sri Lanka to achieve its
goals in the field of reconciliation and accountability.