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VOL. 2, NO. 170

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US reiterates pledge to help Lanka fight terrorism
Roy Mendis in Colombo, 3.33 PM SLT Sunday September 23, 2001. In a clarificatory statement issued here today,the United States has said that its commitment to help Sri Lanka fight terrorism will continue undiminished.

" The recent terrorist attacks in the United Stats have provoked world wide revulsion againt groups which commit these heinous acts and strengthened the resolve of countries around the world to elimitate this global plague.Our commitment to assist Sri Lanka in its own fight against terrorism is undiminished and will continue," said the US Charge in Colombo,Mr.Lewis Amselem.

"I don't need to remind Sri Lankans that the United States was the first western country to declare the LTTE a terrorist organisation.In support of this policy the United States has conducted numerous training exercises with the Sri Lankan armed forces with considerable material support,including among many other items,the deliver last year of 300 military trucks,which were given to Sri Lanka for the cost of shipping," the statement said.

The ranking US official further said that his government was supportive of the Sri Lankan goernment's position against the establishment of an independent Tamil Eelam while going along with President Chandrika Kumaratunga's policy that negotiations offered the best hope of a long term solution.

The clarification came in the wake of a report in The Sunday Times today quoting embassy spokesman Mr.Stephen Holgate as saying that the global war against terrorism did not encompass a fight against the LTTE as the LTTE was not like the Middle East terrorists.The Middle East groups,Mr.Holgate said, only wanted to kill Americans.They did not have any demands and did not want to negotiate.He said that Washington's policy in regard to Sri Lanka was that Colombo should go for talks with the LTTE.
Published: Sun Sep 23 05:32:41 EDT 2001

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