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US warns of Sri Lankan violence

August 18, 2009

BBC – US warns of Sri Lankan violence

A senior US diplomat has warned that the Sri Lankan government’s failure to share power with the minority Tamils could lead to renewed violence.

Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake told the BBC a delay in devolving powers might create new opportunities for the rebel Tamil Tigers to regroup.

Sri Lanka’s government declared victory over the Tamil Tigers three months ago.

Mr Blake also urged Colombo to resettle swiftly the hundreds of thousands of Tamil civilians displaced by the war.

This would have a bearing on US aid for reconstruction and resettlement, he said.

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