The United States (US) says it is not satisfied with the response given by the Sri Lankan government in terms of protecting democracy following the impeachment of the former Chief Justice and appointment of a new Chief Justice. US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters at the daily press briefing yesterday (Wednesday) that it was too early to comment on the impact the actions of the government will have on US foreign assistance for Sri Lanka going forward. She said that US Government assistance for the Financial Year of 2012 for Sri Lanka was $27 million. This included 13.3 million in bilateral assistance programs which primarily related to peace and security, human rights, economic growth, and democracy programs. She said that in 2013 there is a request for 16.5 million for Sri Lanka as bilateral assistance. “We are obviously in contact with them. I would not say that the explanations are satisfactory in terms of protecting democracy,” she said. The issue in Sri Lanka has been raised for three consecutive days at the daily press briefings of the US State Department this week.]]>

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