Embassy of the U.S., Sri Lanka & Maldives –
Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew C. Mann visited leaders in the Northern
Province to explore opportunities for further support and reiterate the United
States’ strong friendship with the people of Sri Lanka and overall commitment to
a peaceful and united country.
In separate meetings with Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran, as well as newly
appointed Northern Governor H.M.G.S. Palihakkara and Security Forces Commander
Nandana Udawatta, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Mann emphasized the importance of
meaningful action to support the positive statements by the Government of Sri
Lanka to bridge the gap between the North and the South.
“This is a time of great potential for all of Sri Lanka, including the
North,” said Mr. Mann. “We look forward to the resolution of a number of
outstanding concerns for the people here, from returning land to addressing the
issue of political prisoners and resolving missing persons’ cases.”
The delegation also met with local journalists and civil society leaders to
hear their views.
“The United States will continue to promote human rights, good governance,
transparency, accountability, and economic development for all the people of Sri
Lanka,” said Mr. Mann. “We stand ready to work with the new government to help
address these issues.”