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Plain speaking by US envoy

US Ambassador Ashley Wills last week told guests at a reception honouring the visiting Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca that his country had not taken a "vow of silence" with regard to the LTTE.

Wills said that several guests (many Tamil politicians were among those present) had asked him why the US had issued their statement regarding the LTTE last week.

"We have no contacts with the LTTE and no channels of sending them messages. So what we have to tell them, we state publicly," Wills declared.

He reiterated the thrust of the statement that raised the questions: The US believed a separate state here was "unnecessary and unattainable."

Ministers, ambassadors, politicians, editors and top officials were among the guests.


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