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Top US Diplomat for South Asia Traveling to Sri Lanka

29 January 2014

The top US diplomat for South Asia is going to Sri Lanka to discuss post-war reconciliation as Washington prepares to press that government at the UN’s top human rights body. Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal will travel to Sri Lanka on Friday, and discuss with officials post-conflict reconciliation, justice and accountability issues. She will also travel to Jaffna and meet with officials of a newly elected provincial council in the north of the country—the former epicenter of the civil war that ended in 2009. Biswal will then go to London and Geneva to discuss US sponsorship of a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in March. International pressure is growing on Sri Lanka to probe allegations of war crimes during the conflict.—AP