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United States Congress backs democratic Sri Lanka

[b]United States Congress backs democratic Sri Lanka to the hilt: Congress proposes total duty slash on textile imports to US[/b]

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

[b]Washington, D.C. 13 February (Asiantribune.com): [/b]"Sri Lanka continues to maintain a fragile peace in its own borders with the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Increasing economic stability and the accompanying growth and prosperity will help to maintain this peace and hopefully give the breathing room for a permanent peace agreement," was the appeal made by U.S. Congressmen Jerry Weller and Jim Moran to their colleagues in the Congress last week when jointly tabling an Act titled ‘Sri Lanka Tsunami Temporary Economic Relief Act of 2006’ before the United States House of Representatives proposing to give a total duty free concession to Sri Lanka’s garment exports to the U.S. for a period of five years.

The House decided to refer the bill to the House Committee on Ways and Means, a procedure generally followed by the congress when bills are presented.

The House last week accepted a resolution submitted by Representative Frank Pallone condemning Sri Lanka’s rebel group LTTE and encouraging a lasting political solution to its national question. The resolution has now being sent to the House Committee on International Relations.

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