Canadian Government said it welcomed the reinstatement of Shirani Bandaranayake as Chief Justice of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court.
“Canada welcomes the reinstatement of Shirani Bandaranayake as Chief Justice of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court. In January 2013, at the time of the Chief Justice’s impeachment, I expressed deep concern about the opaque and politicized nature of her impeachment, an action that severely undermined the legitimacy of the rule of law in Sri Lanka,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said.
Issuing a statement Mr. Baird said it hoped that President Maithripala Sirisena fulfils the mandate given to him by the people of Sri Lanka to foster a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government and assured that Canada would continue to encourage progress in the devolution of power, accountability and genuine reconciliation.
“Following the successful elections earlier this month, it is our hope that President Maithripala Sirisena fulfills the mandate given to him by the people of Sri Lanka to foster a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government. Canada will continue to encourage progress in the devolution of power, accountability and genuine reconciliation,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said.
Mr. Baird said they also welcomed the recent appointment of a civilian, H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, to replace a retiring senior military commander as governor of the predominantly Tamil Northern Province.
“Canada continues to have serious concerns about the human rights situation, the need for reconciliation and the democratic deficit in Sri Lanka. Canada will continue to raise these concerns forcefully, without equivocation,” he said.
Mr. Baird said Canada had strongly supported resolutions at both the United Nations and the Commonwealth condemning the Sri Lankan government’s lack of action on reconciliation and the country’s disturbing slide in human rights.
“Canada is pushing for this latest troubling development to be addressed at the next meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG), of which Minister Baird is a member,” he said.
Comments - 11
patriot Saturday, 31 January 2015 11:48 AM
There are 5,768,090 did not give the mandate to MS, only 51.28%. we are watching and not sleeping.
ari Sunday, 01 February 2015 05:22 AM
we care a damn for what Canada thinks
Anil Sunday, 01 February 2015 10:16 AM
This is called majority rule. even 1 extra vote enough.. did you forget how MR won in 2005 what about soon after the war has he had 90% ?
Ananda S Saturday, 31 January 2015 10:30 PM
Your every word is to please pro-LTTE people in Canada and to gain their vote . I am a Canadian citizen and I know that you are the most anti-SL, arrogant and stupid Canadian FM we ever had. Sl should ignore every word he said and says. Mind your own business!
Canediyanuva Saturday, 31 January 2015 05:55 PM
The most democratic way how she was reinstated is also appreciated! Mobocracy becomes democracy! How great!
kalu Saturday, 31 January 2015 06:03 PM
patriot,were you awake while rajapakse the alibaba and his thieves robbed the country
J Palitha Saturday, 31 January 2015 11:23 PM
Sir the whole world said - this lady should inherit her seat, well it was done. thanks to Hon. President.
Horri Jimonis Saturday, 31 January 2015 11:28 PM
Thank you Mr. Baird, ofcourse, Canada, USA, UK and all the Common wealth countries should be as Canada to support CJ Shirani Bandaranayake to come back to her seat.
Bubble Banda Saturday, 31 January 2015 11:30 PM
Thank you so much Canada for backing our Iron Lady
Nims Sunday, 01 February 2015 03:10 AM
Why should we thank Mr. Baird, ofcourse, Canada, USA, UK and all the Common wealth countries - It was the decision taken by the new President. Remember the the US and the West will never come to us with good intentions.
gobbaya Saturday, 31 January 2015 11:31 AM
at least countries (other than iran libyaugandaswaziland...) are welcoming what is happenning in SL... via DM Android App
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