UK calls for inclusive approach to resolve crisis in Sri Lanka

The United Kingdom (UK) has encouraged all sides in Sri Lanka to find a democratic and inclusive approach to resolving the current political and economic challenges.

Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in the UK, Vicky Ford, said that the UK is closely following the situation in Sri Lanka since the attacks against peaceful protesters on 9 May and outbreaks of violence that followed.

She said that the Minister for South Asia, Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, has made clear that violence against peaceful protestors is unacceptable and that those responsible for attacks should be held accountable.

“Fundamental rights including the right to peaceful protest must be protected. We encourage all sides to find a democratic and inclusive approach to resolving the current political and economic challenges,” she told the UK Parliament in response to a question raised.

Vicky Ford said the UK Government takes the safety and security of British nationals overseas seriously, and regularly communicates through travel advice and messaging from the British High Commission in Colombo.

“Our advice helps British nationals to make informed decisions. Travel advice is advisory only and people must take personal responsibility for any trips they make abroad. Our travel advice remains under constant review to ensure it reflects our latest assessment of risks,” she said.

Vicky Ford said that consular staff continue to provide a full range of consular services to British nationals in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)