US wants to partner with Sri Lankan military in drafting new constitution, reports local media

US ambassador Atul Keshap said they wanted to partner move forward on very important issues that had attracted the attention of Sri Lankans which encompassed development of a new constitution. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Aug 07, 2016, 09.15 AM (IST)
The United States expressed interest in partnering with the Sri Lankan military to assist the government in drafting the new constitution, reported The Island. It further added that the US wants to fulfill its commitments to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) with regard to accountability issues.

A resolution endorsed by the UNHRC has called for the establishment of an independent domestic mechanism to probe allegations of war crimes against the previous Rajapaksa government  and  LTTE, the report said. 

According to The Island, Atul Keshap, the US ambassador said they were welcoming new staff into the American embassy in Sri Lanka  to work on development programs, human rights cooperation, rule of law, and justice.

"We are working to strengthen our relationship with all of the different facets of the Sri Lankan government, including the armed forces, because we believe that a professional military is essential to the development and  success of any viable democracy", the ambassador was quoted as saying. 

Keshap further added that the US would work with the Sri Lankan government, military and bureaucracy in achieving the goals that they had set for themselves by electing a new president on January 8 last year.