Diplomatic community concerned over MR returning

The diplomatic community is concerned over the possibility of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa returning to power in the near future.

Western diplomats are believed to have raised their concerns with the Government and among the diplomatic community.

The concerns arise from steps taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to have talks with the joint opposition to form a United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) Government.

There are fears that if a UPFA Government is formed it will set the path for the return of Rajapaksa to power.

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by Rajapaksa, which won the Local Government (LG) elections last week, has already called for early Parliament elections.

The SLPP has said it will support the President to bring the required amendments in Parliament to the 19th Amendment to allow the holding of early Parliament elections.

The United States, United Kingdom and EU member countries are concerned the human rights situation in Sri Lanka will return to its dark days if Rajapaksa is allowed to return to power.

Rajapaksa’s return to power could also see Sri Lanka once again lose the EU GSP plus trade concession in the event a Rajapaksa-led administration refuses to comply with the EU conventions related to human rights which the unity-Government followed in order to regain GSP plus. (Colombo Gazette)