The Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) and the Australian High Commissioner said the opportunity must be provided to demonstrate a vote of confidence when parliament reconvenes on November 14.
In a 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 said they took note of the summoning of Parliament as indicated in the Gazette.
“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,” they said.
The envoys said any further delay could damage Sri Lanka’s international reputation and deter investors.
“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,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, Australia's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Bryce Hutchesson said Australia is seriously concerned at reports that opportunity for a confidence vote will be denied when Sri Lanka’s Parliament reconvenes. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
Trump Card Friday, 9 November 2018 10:59
President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday said that he had used only one trump card now and there were more trump cards still in his hand.
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Johan Friday, 9 November 2018 18:48
He says he played only dumb card now he has deaf card in hand
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Hipo Friday, 9 November 2018 11:01
Please stop making such statements. It goes against the very objective you hope to achieve. Yes we all want true democracy in Sri Lanka.
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Dan Friday, 9 November 2018 11:29
Why these people are concerned about our domestic matters?? Mind your own business, please...
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John Friday, 9 November 2018 12:24
Fine, then don't ask for their money and tell their tourists to go away as well.
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Hettiarachchi Friday, 9 November 2018 11:30
Democratic and civilized and thereby developed countries are concerned about the current move of Sri Lanka towards autocracy.
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Banda Friday, 9 November 2018 18:00
Did they do this when elections were postponed wholesale during MP wickramasinha's time? They show nothing but their desire to get power back to their pet.
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Lord Pakyam Saturday, 10 November 2018 13:20
Democratic and civilised enough to poke fingers into affairs of other countries to keep their rulers for geopolitical reasons? Why no noise to hold elections and go for a people's verdict. That's the supreme democracy.
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Jude Friday, 9 November 2018 11:32
Better late than never!!! Here's comes the reality!!! Can MS lay his cards on the table on November 14th !!???? Can MS talk the talk, walk!! Hmmm walk !??
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ravin Friday, 9 November 2018 11:33
Why our politicians by their own misdeed, allow foreign countries to interfere matters which must sort out at domestic level.
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ranil.hora Friday, 9 November 2018 11:34
Don't worry about Sri Lankan internal matters. Mind your own business. How many investments did you grant to Sri Lanka for the last 3 years? Yes. Nothing! When UNP was postponing Elections where were you EU? Did you forget that Elections are the Roots of the Democracy?
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MODA BURUWA Friday, 9 November 2018 12:01
PAST is gone , FUTURE is yet to come . Speak and act on PRESANT . 2 WRONGS dont make 1 RITE .
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Love Ranil Friday, 9 November 2018 12:52
Don't forget about the biggest grant of US GSP . its has already brought huge ForEx earnings (eg Apparel) to the country.
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voter Friday, 9 November 2018 13:13
If so will china buy all our exports. What if they ban imports from SL and impose sanctions.
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Singho Friday, 9 November 2018 12:02
කියනකන්මයි හිටියේ මහත්තයෝ.
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Chari Friday, 9 November 2018 12:43
Is it Democratic....Not holding Elections when due. Need to redefine the meaning of Democracy. Both the Local /Provincial Elections were not held on due dates.
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Haramanis Friday, 9 November 2018 12:49
These self appointed guardians of democracy European Union, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, the United Kingdom, and Norway and Switzerland are the worst perpetrators of Human Rights abuses and dictatorial anti-democratic actions against their own people and others - you need only look at the histories of these countries.
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Keeraipidi Friday, 9 November 2018 13:22
These countries don't want more refugees arriving. They want to keep you at home only.
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Michael Obeyesekere Friday, 9 November 2018 17:13
These foreign countries should mind their own business. Do these countries YET believe Sri Lanka is Colonized. But out. If I was Sri Lankas President I will make all these Ambassadors and High Commissioners Persona non grata and ship them back to their countries. Bloody cheek they yet believe their the WHITE MASTERS.
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