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Sri Lanka Tamils: US looking at innovative ideas to break impasse, says Hillary Clinton

Written by kumaran   // July 20, 2011   // Comments Off

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) listens to a reporter's question during a press conference at the government house in Bangkok, on July 21, 2009. Clinton arrived in Thailand for a regional security conference focusing on the North Korean nuclear threat, Myanmar's rights record and terrorism. Following a meeting with Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva in Bangkok, Clinton is expected to travel to Phuket on July 22 for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum (ARF), which groups the regional bloc with the United States and 16 other countries. AFP PHOTO/POOL/SAKCHAI LALIT (Photo credit should read SAKCHAI LALIT/AFP/Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday voiced concern over the plight of Internally Displaced Persons in Sri Lanka and said United States was looking at some innovative and creative ideas to break the impasse over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.

Hillary, who called on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at the secretariat in Chennai, told her that US was looking at enabling Sri Lankan Tamils in camps get back to their own homes. Jayalalithaa said though the war between the Sri Lankan army and LTTE in the island nation was over two years ago, Sri Lankan Tamils in Jaffna area are unable to go back to where they used to live.

While discussing the issue of Sri Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa told Hillary they have been provided all facilities that were available to local citizens. Both of them discussed various social, political and economic issues of common interest.

The US Secretary of State also congratulated Jayalalithaa on her electoral victory in the April 13 assembly polls. During the meeting, Jayalalithaa recalled the strong bilateral trade relations between India and United States. Inviting more US investment in the Automobile sector in Tamil Nadu, she said Tamil Nadu enjoyed pre-eminence in automotive and auto components.

Jayalalithaa also expressed concern over reduction in issue of H1B visas even though in terms of number of Visas issued, the Chennai US Consulate was the second largest in the world. Hillary invited Jayalalithaa to visit US which would enable Americans to know about the achievements of Tamil Nadu. The meeting lasted for an hour.

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