US officials to visit Sri Lanka for LLRC talks

Jan 19, 2013 (LBO) – Three US officials led by deputy assistant secretary James Moore will visit Sri Lanka from January 26 for talks which include progress on implementing recommendations of a post-war reconciliation report, the US embassy in Colombo said. He will be accompanied by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Vikram Singh and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jane Zimmerman.

Zimmerman is a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, responsible for South and Central Asia, the Western Hemisphere, and International Religious Freedom, the US embassy said.

“In Sri Lanka they will meet with senior Sri Lankan officials, members of various political parties as well as civil society to discuss a wide range of issues, including progress in implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission recommendations and National Action Plan,” a US embassy statement said.

LLRC was report which went into Sri Lanka’s 30-year civil war and suggested remedies.

The visit comes just after Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice was removed through a controversial process which was ruled to be illegal by courts.

The officials will also visit the Maldives.

“In Maldives they will meet government offic