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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 10, 2003


Meeting Between Deputy Secretary of State Richard L. Armitage and Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister Milinda Moragoda

Deputy Secretary Armitage met today with Sri Lankan Minister for Economic Reform, Science, and Technology Milinda Moragoda. Mr. Moragoda is in Washington for the Sri Lankan Seminar for donors that the Deputy Secretary is chairing at the State Department, and for the International Monetary Fund/World Bank Spring Meetings.

Mr. Moragoda and the Deputy Secretary discussed the April 14 conference, the on-going peace process, reconstruction and economic development in Sri Lanka. The Deputy Secretary reiterated the United States` position that it will consider removing the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam from its list of foreign terrorist organizations only after that group renounces terrorism in word and in deed.

The United States is pleased that progress in the peace talks between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam continues to be made. We continue our strong support for the peace process.

We hope that the negotiating process will lead to a permanent end to the Sri Lankan conflict based on the principles of democracy and respect for human rights, while maintaining the country’s territorial integrity.


Released on April 10, 2003

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