The United States says that despite positive progress Sri Lanka had a long way to go to achieve lasting peace.

This observation was made the the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Atul Keshap in Jaffna.

“Despite these initial positive steps, there is still much to be done before Sri Lanka can realize its full potential as a global example of how a post-conflict, ethnically-diverse society and country can achieve lasting peace,” he said. 

He also pointed out that in eight months, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights will report on the progress made by the government toward implementing its reconciliation and accountability promises made in Geneva last year. 

“We support the government’s efforts to meet its commitments made in Geneva.  And we will help.  This will be difficult but it is necessary, and it is for the good of all Sri Lankans and for the happiness of all of her people,” he added.

He also mentioned the moves made by the government to issue certificate of absence for those who are reported missing. “We applaud the establishment in law of an Office of Missing Persons to help families who still grieve and seek answers,” he added. 

“We know the government has committed to establish truth and reconciliation and judicial mechanisms to investigate war crimes; to replace the Prevention of Terrorism Act; to charge or release the remaining security-related detainees; dismantle the culture of surveillance; end discrimination against minorities; return more land; boost an open and free society for journalists and civil society; and promote reconciliation and forge a reconciled, united, peaceful, prosperous Sri Lanka,” he mentioned.