In an interview with The Hindu, Schuh said: “We are clearly in favour of the programme of this government regarding reconciliation, good governance and human rights. This is why we have decided to upgrade our ties with Sri Lanka.”
He added that French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault had conveyed this to his Sri Lankan counterpart Mangala Samaraweera during the latter’s visit to Paris early this month.
Schuh also spoke about steps taken by the current government to bring about reconciliation and said “they are there not just in paper but also on the ground”. He referred to the latest move to establish the Office on Missing Persons.
Dismissing the argument that Western countries were not helping the present government in the area of infrastructure development, he pointed out that two major French companies, Veolia and Suez, had signed two contracts last week of €150 million each for water supply projects. He added that the AFD, the French Agency for Development, will soon sign a €50 million agreement for an urban development project in Anuradhapura, an ancient city. (Colombo Gazette)