EU joint statement warns Sri Lanka of damage to its reputation

A joint statement issued by the European Union (EU) has warned Sri Lanka of damage to its international reputation if it continues to delay reconvening Parliament.

In the joint statement, the Ambassadors of the European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, as well as the Ambassadors of Norway and Switzerland took note of the summoning of Parliament as indicated in the Gazette.

President Maithripala Sirisena has summoned Parliament on November 14th despite calls for Parliament to meet earlier to resolve the political crisis in the country.

“We consider it essential that Parliament be allowed to demonstrate its confidence by voting immediately when reconvened in order to resolve the serious uncertainties currently facing the country,” the EU joint statement said.

The statement noted that any further delay could damage Sri Lanka’s international reputation and deter investors.

The statement also noted that respect by all stakeholders for the  provisions of the constitution will be important to maintain the confidence of the Sri Lankan people in democratic governance and the rule of law. (Colombo Gazette)


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