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Is Real Peace Possible for Sri Lanka?




L to R: Sri Lankan Ambassador Palitha T.B. Kohona, Asia Society’s Jamie Metzl, and Amb. Robert Blake of the US State Department in New York on Mar. 14, 2011.

L to R: Sri Lankan Ambassador Palitha T.B. Kohona, Asia Society’s Jamie Metzl, and Amb. Robert Blake of the US State Department in New York on Mar. 14, 2011.

Ambassador Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, and former United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka, joined Sri Lankan Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Palitha T.B. Kohona and Asia Society Executive Vice President Jamie Metzl for a sold-out program on Sri Lanka's postwar rebuilding at Asia Society New York on Monday, March 14.

The panel came just after Ambassador Blake's public call for greater transparency and accountability with regard to potential war crimes committed in the latter stages of Sri Lanka's decades-long civil war. Read Ambassador Blake's complete remarks at Asia Society. 

Watch the complete program below:

 

Share your thoughts on this program below. Can economic development help bring prosperity, and a degree of peace, to Sri Lanka? Or are government policies already closing the window on the chance for meaningful reconciliation? Please remember to stay civil and on-topic in your comments.

Related link:
Sri Lanka: Is A 'Culture of Impunity' Blocking Reconciliation?

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