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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

Peace and Prosperity: US Policy Goals in Sri Lanka 2006

[b]Peace and Prosperity: US Policy Goals in Sri Lanka 2006[/b]

[b]Full text of the address delivered by Jeffrey Lunstead, US Ambassador, to the American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka on 09 January 2006.[/b]

Happy New Year.

The New Year is a good time to both reflect and look ahead.

What a year 2005 was!

Tsunami set the tone – a rollercoaster of hope and despair, followed by ups and downs on the political and economic fronts.

We didn’t know until late in the year whether we would see a new President, or keep the old for another year, and here we are with a new President, some potentially good economic news recently from the Central Bank, an uncertain situation with regard to the peace process and a complex international situation with issues everywhere that cry out for attention and scarce resources from the "international community."

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