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Pardon of Sri Lankan soldier is ‘deeply troubling’ - US

The US Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia has condemned Sri Lanka’s pardon of a soldier who was convicted over the massacre of Tamils, calling it “deeply troubling”.

In a tweet on Saturday, Alice Wells went on to state that “justice, accountability, and reconciliation are needed for long-term peace”

The release of Sunil Ratnayake, after he was convicted for the murder of 8 Tamil civilians, has been widely condemned by Tamil political parties and organisations.

Earlier this year, Wells visited Sri Lanka and met with the war crimes accused prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, stating that both Sri Lanka and the United States have “compelling shared interests”.

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