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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Sri Lankan foreign minister discusses war, not peace

[b]Sri Lankan foreign minister discusses war, not peace, in Washington[/b]

As Sri Lanka rapidly heads back to open civil war, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera was in Washington last week for three days of high-level talks with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other defence, treasury and state department officials.

Officially, both sides reiterated their commitment to "peace". In bland diplomatic language, a spokesman for Rice declared that she and Samaraweera had discussed "the current status of the Sri Lankan peace process and the importance of strengthening the ceasefire". Samaraweera told the US media that he had assured Rice that Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse was "still willing to walk that extra mile for peace".

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