Written by Tharushan Fernando
16 Jan, 2016 | 9:33 pm
Hugo Swire, UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office who is in the country on an official visit, addressed the media at Westminster House in Colombo on Saturday. The minister commented on a number of points, including Sri Lanka’s human rights.
The UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office noted that the Human Rights Council will look at the progress made by Sri Lanka in its June session and that it will be important for Sri Lanka to demonstrate significant and credible progress by then.
He added that the UK is determined to support Sri Lanka, with the commitments it made in Geneva, and the UK currently provides assistance in a number of areas to support reconciliation and Human Rights. As PM David Cameron recently announced, this support will further continue with £6.6 million of funding over the next three years, Swire said.
The visiting state minister also spoke on the regaining of the GSP plus concession for Sri Lanka, stating that Britain was extremely supportive of Sri Lanka regaining its GSP status to reinstate the fish exports to the EU; and fill in more criteria. Britain will also work with Sri Lanka to expedite such matters, he said.
Hugo Swire further commented on the proposed constitutional reforms in Sri Lanka, saying “We are ready to assist Sri Lanka and the government in anyway we can.”
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