US Senators ask Colombo to alleviate humanitarian crisis
In a statement, the six Senators said the Lankan Government has a chance to forge long-term political solution, one that acknowledges the legitimate aspirations of all Sri Lankans, including Sinhalese, Tamils, and other groups.
"This means taking steps toward reconciliation and justice, including devolution of power to local bodies as provided for by the constitution of Sri Lanka," said the statement issued by Senators John Kerry, Chairman of powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Richard Lugar, its Ranking Member.
Besides Bob Casey, Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs, the statement has also been signed by Senator Sherrod Brown, Sam Brownback, and Patrick Leahy.
They appealed to the government to take immediate steps to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the north for hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons by facilitating humanitarian access to the government camps and by fulfilling its promise to return the majority home by the end of the year.