COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The United States has asked Sri Lanka to speedily investigate allegations of rights abuses during its civil war and resume talks with ethnic Tamil politicians to agree on power sharing in the former conflict zone.
Assistant Secretary of State Robert O. Blake made the request in meetings Thursday and Friday with Sri Lankan government officials in Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo.
Sri Lanka has said it may take up to five years to prosecute soldiers accused of killing ethnic Tamil civilians during the war.
Blake said Friday that he emphasized the need to quickly act on a Sri Lankan war commission's recommendation of a government inquiry into the allegations.
The quarter-century civil war ended in 2009 when troops defeated Tamil Tiger rebels trying to create an independent state for minority Tamils.