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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

US State Department says 'problem of armed groups,

[b]US State Department says 'problem of armed groups, a serious Tamil grievance' in Sri Lanka[/b]

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

[b]Washington, D.C. 18 March ([/b] The United States Department of State did it in rapid succession in endeavoring to convince the most vital forum of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Subcommittee on Asia of the House Committee on International Relations, that the 'problem of armed groups', meaning the problem of paramilitary groups that are fighting the armed separatist Liberation Tigers in Sri Lanka (LTTE) is "a serious Tamil grievance."

This interpretation was given by Donald Camp, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs in the U.S. Department of State when he gave a testimony on March 15 to the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the House Committee on International Relations at the Capitol Hill in Washington.

Earlier, in the Annual Human Rights Report on Sri Lanka, prepared by the State Department and released on March 8, highlighted the existence of Tamil paramilitary groups that any Sri Lankan watcher knows is paramount in the Tiger outfit’s agenda in its march toward achieving military and political supremacy sidelining the alternate Tamil voice.

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