International community reacts to situation in Sri Lanka

International community reacts to situation in Sri Lanka

International community reacts to situation in Sri Lanka

Written by Lahiru Fernando

29 Oct, 2018 | 9:06 pm

Colombo (News1st) – A number of countries and international bodies have come forward to express their views on the current political situation in Sri lanka.

US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that the United States continues to follow developments in Sri Lanka with concern. The US  has urged all sides to refrain from intimidation and violence. The US also called on the President, in consultation with the Speaker, to immediately reconvene parliament and allow the democratically elected representatives of the Sri Lankan people to fulfil their responsibility to affirm who will lead their government.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed great concern over Sri Lanka’s deepening political crisis and called on the country’s government to respect democratic values and constitutional provisions and process. Secretary General’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the UN Chief had called to uphold the rule of law and ensure the safety and security of all Sri Lankans,”. Guterres has also urged all parties to exercise restraint and address the unfolding situation in a peaceful manner.

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, has called on the political leadership and national institutions of the country to uphold the rule of law and comply with Sri Lanka’s constitutional framework in resolving the current challenges. She further urges respect for and protection of fundamental rights and freedoms including freedom of the media.

In a statement, Canadian High Commissioner, David McKinnon, stated “Canada is very concerned by the recent events in Sri Lanka and is closely monitoring the situation adding respect for the rule of law is a cornerstone of democracy. He urged all parties to uphold Sri Lanka’s constitution and refrain from violence noting that the Government of Sri Lanka needs to take concrete steps to meet its commitments to its own people–and the international community–with respect to accountability, transitional justice and ending impunity.‎


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