Int’l community expresses concern

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Several countries including US and UK have expressed their concerns over the decision taken by President Maithripala Sirisena to dissolve Parliament on November 9, days before it was due to be reconvened.

“President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve Parliament poses a vital threat to Sri Lanka's democratic institutions. There is much at state and such actions jeopardize Sri Lanka's economic progress and international reputation. We call on the President to respect his country's democratic tradition and the rule of law, and to fulfill the commitments to good governance and democracy upon which he and his government were elected,” the United States said.

The European Union said that the decision of President Sirisena to dissolve the Sri Lankan Parliament ahead of its planned reconvening risks undermining public confidence in the country’s democratic institutions and processes and further deepens the political and economic crisis in the country. 
“A fully functioning Parliament is an essential pillar of democracy. As a longstanding supporter of a democratic Sri Lanka, the European Union expects a swift and peaceful resolution of the current crisis, in line with the Sri Lankan Constitution,” the EU said.

Meanwhile, issuing a statement Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said Australia expressing its concern and disappointment with President Sirisena’s decision to dissolve the Sri Lankan parliament on 9 November.

“As a longstanding friend, we believe this action undermines Sri Lanka’s long democratic tradition and poses a risk to its stability and prosperity. We urge respect for the country’s democratic institutions and for all parties to continue to exercise restraint,” she said.

The UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field also stated that he was concerned about the latest development in Sri Lanka.
 
“As a friend of Sri Lanka, the UK calls on all parties to uphold the constitution and respect democratic institutions and processes,” he said.

Issuing a statement, Norway also said that it is deeply concerned by President Sirisena’s decision to dissolve the Sri Lankan parliament on November 9th, just days before it was due to be reconvened. “As a longstanding friend, Norway believes this action undermines Sri Lanka’s long democratic tradition and poses a risk to stability, prosperity, reconciliation and accountability. Norway calls on all parties to respect democratic institutions and continue to exercise restraint,” it added.

Switzerland also deplored the political crisis in Sri Lanka and the recent decision to dissolve Sri Lanka’s Parliament. It calls on all parties to follow democratic processes and to respect the rule of law.
“Switzerland is deeply concerned by the increasing political crisis in Sri Lanka and the recent decision to dissolve Sri Lanka’s Parliament. Switzerland considers that this decision threatens the stability of Sri Lanka, may have adverse effects on its economic prosperity, its democratic future and the ongoing reconciliation process supported by Switzerland in the past years. Switzerland calls upon all parties to revert to the rule of law and to the principles of good governance. It requests all actors to exercise restraint and calls upon President Sirisena to settle the current crisis as quickly as possible while respecting the country’s democratic institutions and processes.”

 

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  • Mandayan Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:20 AM

    Sorry. Our President can’t read or able to understand what you say let alone the nation’s constitution. He is depending on poor old professor for clarifying the constitutional terms that he himself signed off in 2015 and the pathetic professor is too old to read anything clearly.

    Potta Harry Sunday, 11 November 2018 11:14 AM

    MS is being hijacked by BR

    shanthapriya Monday, 12 November 2018 09:57 AM

    This is called regieme change policy by western countries. poor people in asia hardly realize that

    Gune Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:24 AM

    MS is bad luck for SL. A bad omen. All we have seen is failure upon failure to the point that he is acting and behaving erratically without reason. People must begin to know this before democracy is robbed from us.

    Silva Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:35 AM

    Well done ! beginning of a new era free of corruption, thuggerism, bribery, underworld, drug barrons, commis kakas, etc. under the leadership of well done MS, you will be next Lee Kwan Yue of Asia ! UNP, UNPA, PA COUNT YOUR DAYS !

    N.Sethu Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:37 AM

    Who are they to tell us what to do in Srilanka?

    Bushel Sunday, 11 November 2018 11:38 AM

    They are from UN

    Easy-E Monday, 12 November 2018 10:38 AM

    They are giving orders to the "Civil-Society" folks down here...

    Diogenese Sunday, 11 November 2018 11:06 AM

    NSethu: They have all the rights to express their opinion as we are living in a civilized world and our uncivilized actions can affect international relations. Also don`t forget the fact that we are a third world country depending on the goodwill of most of those countries. If your father or grand father can give billions of dollars as loans or donations to the government, you can at least ask them to keep quiet.Man,Don`t talk like another "Lion Brand Fool".

    sach Sunday, 11 November 2018 11:09 AM

    This is the first time I heard, elections are ANTI democratic

    Rav Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:29 PM

    There’s a thing called rule of law and everyone has to abide with that.Even the presi. So election is not anti democracy but the reason behind that is not democracy.

    Martin Sunday, 11 November 2018 11:35 AM

    Sirisena be like - what is international community? No topic on my constitutional note book

    Moiez Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:27 PM

    Mr.President, you are a cheater, you cheat whole sri lankans,and you cheat the world . The world leaders will not respect you and your policies again in future. Get lost and hang yourself before someone assassinated.

    Gamaya Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:31 PM

    This web site is only for UNPers. This do not publish other people's comments .

    Easy-E Monday, 12 November 2018 10:36 AM

    True that, they are Colombo NGO Dollar Kakkas... Probably afraid that there jig will be up soon.

    Aruna Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:42 PM

    In any circumstance there is no other democracy other than a general election for a country. So why oppose?

    Palle Sunday, 11 November 2018 12:50 PM

    What kind of democracy are they talking about? Elections are anti democratic? and postponing them are democratic?

    Sunil Sunday, 11 November 2018 01:10 PM

    Why is this so-called international community not bothered about action being taken against the perpetrators of the bond scam? This includes the former PM as well.

    Hubert Sunday, 11 November 2018 09:20 PM

    Peoples aspirations are shattered and also helpless if we have abnormal leaders we need help from our friendly nations


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