US urges Sri Lanka to address abuse allegations

Blake`s visit to Sri Lanka follows the release of a UN report on civil war.

Updated: May 04, 2011, 21:49 PM IST

Colombo: A US diplomat has asked Sri Lanka
to address allegations of possible war crimes toward the end
of the country`s civil war and to share political power with
an estranged Tamil minority for a lasting peace.

US Assistant Secretary of State Robert O Blake told
reporters today that Sri Lanka has promised to address the
issues. But he said the "proof lies in results, not in
promises."

Blake`s visit to Sri Lanka followed the release of a
UN-requested report on the civil war that ended nearly two
years ago.

It gives credence to allegations that abuses, and
potential war crimes, occurred on both sides of the conflict
as the government`s war against the Tamil Tiger rebels was
ending.

PTI