Sri Lanka tries again to bring sense to Washington on LTTE
[b]Sri Lanka tries again to bring sense to Washington on LTTE terrorism[/b]
Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent to Asian Tribune
[b]Washington, D.C. 6 January (Asiantribune.com):[/b] Greatly concerned about the passive attitude of the United States and the international community toward Liberation Tiger’s (LTTE) recently stepped up military campaign to put Sri Lanka’s democracy under siege, Sri Lanka’s foreign minister Mangala Samaraweera endeavored to get the attention of Washington the need to get tough with the Tiger outfit and cut the resources it gets from the American soil.
Samaraweera, his first visit to the United States as Sri Lanka’s new foreign minister, met US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday, and host of other top Washington officials to reemphasize Sri Lanka’s case.
He also met with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns and Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca.
LTTE has been designated as a ‘foreign terrorist organization’ in the United States.
The foreign minister, on Wednesday, met with US Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Richard Lugar at Capitol Hill, a significant step forward to place this island-nation’s protracted battle with an armed group with the most powerful power center in Washington.