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Senior US State Dept official to urge progress on transitional justice and accountability in Sri Lanka

A senior US State Department official will urge Sri Lanka to make progress on transitional justice and accountability, as well as on human rights, reconciliation and constitutional reform.

Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, will travel to Sri Lanka and the Maldives this week.

“In Colombo, she will meet with Sri Lankan officials and will emphasize the importance of the U.S.-Sri Lanka relationship to shared Indo-Pacific goals, with the growing bilateral defense relationship as an area of particular promise,” a State Department media note said.

“She will also urge continued progress on constitutional reform, human rights, reconciliation, and transitional justice and accountability.”

Last year while Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Wells reiterated the need for Sri Lanka to prosecute alleged war crimes.