He said that while he was aware the government had said the elections will be held the latest in September next year, the US government hopes the elections can be held much sooner.On issues of accountability, Blake said it is the hope of the US government that three years after the end of the conflict, there can be a credible and transparent accounting, investigation and prosecution of some of the outstanding and serious allegations of human rights violations, as well as progress on the missing. Blake also called for early provincial council elections in the north despite the announcement by President Mahinda Rajapaksa that elections will be held in September next year. “We always supported a domestic process,” Blake told reporters hours after meeting with officials from the government and opposition including President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunga who heads the committee involved in preparing the LLRC action plan. He also encouraged an early resumption of talks between the TNA and the government to agree on powers to be devolved to the provinces.Report by Easwaran Rutnam US Under Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake says there are questions on the commitment of the government in implementing the action plan of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC).Addressing the media in Colombo today following the end of his visit to Sri Lanka, Blake said that the action plan is fairly detailed and having a timeline is also good but yet there needs to be progress in the implementation process.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBravo out of T&T squad pending WICB meetingJanuary 9, 2017In “latest news”CWI opens doors for Narine, Pollard and Bravo comebacks into national sideJuly 24, 2018In “latest news”WI Captains allegedly sacked; Bravo denies reportsNovember 5, 2014In “Sports” West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo(CMC) — All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has shot down suggestions his decision to retire from international cricket was influenced by his non-selection for the ongoing limited overs tour of India.The 35-year-old last week announced he was quitting international cricket, as he prepared for Trinidad and Tobago Red Force’s semi-final in the Regional Super50 at Kensington Oval in Barbados.“Not being selected in the West Indies team to go to India had nothing to do with my decision because I haven’t played for West Indies in one-dayers since 2014 and in T20s since 2016,” Bravo told CNC3 TV.“So not being selected in the West Indies team — I’ve actually gotten accustomed to it now.”Bravo made a rare appearance for Red Force in the just concluded Super50 but had little impact, scoring just 96 runs from five innings and picking up seven wickets at 24 runs apiece.Red Force reached the semi-finals before they were upset by eventual champions Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners.Bravo, who also quit Test cricket three years ago, said he would continue to ply his trade on the global T20 circuit.“Life continues for me. I just officially announced my retirement but I’m going to continue to play around the world, I’m going to continue to play for Knight Riders,” he explained.“To all my fans who got scared and thought they would never see me play cricket, you can rest assured I will continue playing — just that I won’t be playing for West Indies.“I will be trying to keep my body fit so I can play as long as possible.”Bravo was repeatedly snubbed by Windies selectors despite guiding Trinbago Knight Riders to back-to-back titles in the Caribbean Premier League over the last two seasons.He captained West Indies in ODIs for 19 months up to 2014 when he was sacked and dropped from the squad following his key role in the controversial abandoned tour of India earlier that year, owing to a player’s pay dispute with Cricket West Indies.