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

US State Department Web Site Misinterprets Sri Lanka

[b]US State Department Web Site Misinterprets Sri Lanka Conflict [/b]

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent for Asian Tribune

[b] Washington, D.C. 24 February ( [/b]Read the following editorial column in February 22 web site of the United States Department of State and see what impression you get about the current conflict in Sri Lanka:

“Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils have been in armed conflict with the majority Sinhalese government in Colombo since the 1970s, seeking to establish an autonomous region in northeastern Sri Lanka. The LTTE (also known as the ‘Tamil Tigers’) has been the leading force in that conflict since the 1980s.”

The above was the editorial comment made in the State Department web site preceding the Department’s official statement welcoming February 22-23 discussions between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Tiger outfit in Geneva.

The editorial writer of the State Department web site either does not know what this conflict is all about or expressing the long established belief in the minds of the State Department officials, who have been fed by the US Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) who served in Colombo since the eighties, that Sri Lanka’s conflict is between the minority Tamils and the government controlled by the majority Sinhalese.

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