Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has telephoned External Affairs Minister Professor GL Peiris and discussed moves in Sri Lanka to impeach Chief Justice, Dr Shirani Bandaranayake.
“The Commonwealth at large and Commonwealth governments in particular are set apart by a commitment to uphold in word and deed the shared values and principles which we ourselves have defined. In particular, all Commonwealth governments have recognised the importance of maintaining the separation of powers and the integrity of the roles of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary. And all Commonwealth governments have recognised that access to justice and an independent judiciary are fundamental to the rule of law,” Sharma said in a statement .
Sharma expressed appreciation for the briefing provided by Professor Peiris and the readiness of the Government of Sri Lanka to discuss concerns that have been raised regarding the impeachment of the Chief Justice. The Secretary-General and Minister of External Affairs agreed to remain in contact on this matter.
“We encourage full and practical application of shared Commonwealth commitments with regard to the impeachment process,” the Secretary-General concluded.