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US confirms Sri Lankan army shelling of civilians in 2009

Updated 11:45 GMT

Continuing his visit to the island, the US Ambassador at large for War Crimes, Stephen J. Rapp, is visiting the North-East today, along side the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Michele Sison.

A tweet by the US Embassy in Colombo caused controversy after it stated that hundreds of families were killed by army shelling in January 2009, with questions raised on twitter whether this represented the official stance of the US government.

BBC journalist Charles Haviland later tweeted that a US embassy official has confirmed to the BBC that the tweet represented the "official government stance".

See tweets relating to the US visit to the North-East below: