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Cablegate: Sri Lanka: Tip Report Delivered to Mfa

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DE RUEHLM #0568 1620945
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O 100945Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY COLOMBO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 8266
INFO RUEHKA/AMEMBASSY DHAKA PRIORITY 0949
RUEHIL/AMEMBASSY ISLAMABAD PRIORITY 7938
RUEHKT/AMEMBASSY KATHMANDU PRIORITY 6110
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON PRIORITY 4438
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 2096
RUEHNY/AMEMBASSY OSLO PRIORITY 4414
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO PRIORITY 3514
RUEHCG/AMCONSUL CHENNAI PRIORITY 8546
RUEHBI/AMCONSUL MUMBAI PRIORITY 5991
RUEHON/AMCONSUL TORONTO PRIORITY 0684
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA PRIORITY 2817
RHHMUNA/HQ USPACOM HONOLULU HI PRIORITY
RHEFDIA/DIA WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RHEHAAA/NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC PRIORITY
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS PRIORITY

UNCLAS COLOMBO 000568

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR SCA/INS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL PHUM ELAB SMIG KCRM KPAO KWMN CEA
SUBJECT: SRI LANKA: TIP REPORT DELIVERED TO MFA

REF: STATE 58404

On June 4, Charge and Poloff delivered the 2008 Trafficking
in Persons Report on Sri Lanka and reftel talking points to
Foreign Secretary Palitha Kohona. Charge emphasized the need
for Sri Lanka to make progress over the next year in the
areas of securing convictions for trafficking offenses and
improving assistance available to victims.
Kohona expressed disappointed that Sri Lanka continued to be
on the Tier Two Watchlist. He acknowledged that there were
areas for improvement, but said the GSL was working hard to
investigate corrupt recruitment agents and prosecute those
involved in child sex tourism. He expressed his hope that
Sri Lanka, working with the USG, might be able to get off the
Watchlist next year. Post will deliver the report to and
follow up with the Ministry of Foreign Employment and the
Ministry of Child Development and Women's Empowerment in the
coming days.
MOORE

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