SL cri­sis caus­ing po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic dam­age: UK

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - FRONT PAGE -

The Bri­tish Gov­ern­ment said it was ex­tremely con­cerned about Sri Lanka’s cur­rent chaotic po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion which is caus­ing a great dam­age to Sri Lanka both po­lit­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally.

UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pa­cific, Mark Field has said this in re­sponse to a ques­tion asked by MP Tom Brake in the House of Com­mons on Tues­day. MP Brake (Car­shal­ton and Walling­ton) said Mahinda Ra­japaksa play­ing any role in the Sri Lankan Gov­ern­ment will ter­rify many com­mu­ni­ties in Sri Lanka, par­tic­u­larly the Tamil com­mu­nity and asked would Minister Field set out the Bri­tish Gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion on Mr. Ra­japaksa’s re-emer­gence into Sri Lankan pol­i­tics.

In re­sponse, Minister Field said he made state­ments on Oc­to­ber 26, 29 and Novem­ber 9 ear­lier this week at the meet­ing of the all-party group for Tamils.

“We will con­tinue ac­tively to co-or­di­nate our re­sponse with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in Colombo and in the UN. First and fore­most, we want this to be re­solved by Sri Lanka in line with its own con­sti­tu­tion and laws,” he said.

He said they wel­come the state­ment made on Novem­ber 5 by the Com­mon­wealth sec­re­tary­gen­eral, who will be meet­ing the For­eign Sec­re­tary to dis­cuss a range of mat­ters.

“Ob­vi­ously, Sri Lanka will very much be at the fore­front of that con­ver­sa­tion. We want to en­cour­age on­go­ing di­a­logue and to of­fer the sup­port of the Com­mon­wealth, if re­quired, to the Gov­ern­ment and the peo­ple of Sri Lanka. We are in an on­go­ing di­a­logue with the Com­mon­wealth and other partners to en­sure a co-or­di­nated in­ter­na­tional re­sponse,” he said.

We will con­tinue ac­tively to co-or­di­nate our re­sponse with the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity in Colombo and in the UN

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