The United States says it will revive talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) with Sri Lanka but will not remove the terrorist label from the LTTE.
“We will revive our talks on the FTA,” said US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, Christina Rocca, speaking to the House of Representatives Committee about US foreign policy priorities in South Asia on Tuesday.rn
rnUS policy with regards to the LTTE on the other hand, is not about to change and the Tamil rebels will remain in the US foreign terrorist organisations list.rn
rnldblquote At the moment there are no plans to take them off (the list). They continue to recruit child soldiers. They continue to conduct extrajudicial assassinations of politicians who disagree with them. They are continuing to stockpile weapons,
dblquote said Rocca.rn
rnRocca went on to stress US interest in a lasting peace in Sri Lanka.rn
rnldblquote Due to its location, aspirations and capabilities the future of Sri Lanka is assured if we can achieve a lasti