In a message released in Colombo to mark America’s Independence Day, the U.S. envoy in Colombo Patricia Butenis noted that the Sri Lankan Government has made progress on the resettlement issue and post war development.
“When I arrived in 2009, the war had just ended and there were literally hundreds of thousands of displaced people that needed to be resettled. Now that’s down to just a few thousand. The government has also made great progress with the rehabilitation of ex-combatants. Demining is another significant achievement,” she said.
Butenis noted however, that there still remains a lot to be done and her government stands ready to help Sri Lanka to move forward.
On the political level we have had to weather some storms. But we’ve come through, and I am certain of our future cooperation.
As a friend the United states will continue to partner with Sri Lanka as it moves from a post conflict nation to one truly at peace with others and with itself, Butenis said.
She also said that her government will continue with the development programs with the public and private sector in Sri Lanka while helping especially the communities most affected by the conflict.