Don’t isolate SL; engage with them, say Australia & UK

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Australia and Britain said Wednesday there remain important concerns about human rights and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, but also noted areas of progress and also encouraged countries to participate in the Commonwealth leaders' meeting to be held in Sri Lanka in November.

“Sri Lanka will have an opportunity to show what progress has been made in areas of humanitarian support and human rights,” foreign media reports said quoting Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. She said more could be achieved by engaging Sri Lanka than by isolating it.

Bishop welcomed this week's provincial elections in a region that was ravaged by the war.
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  • Gamarala Friday, 27 September 2013 02:44 PM

    Agree totally with UK & Australia. The diaspora Tamils are out to destroy and defame Sri Lanka. They still contribute to some of the politicians in western countries hence this harangue against sri lanka in western countries. We should tell them to stuff it and mind their own business, we have China and Russia who do not interfere in our internal policies, If anyone is in doubt they could come visit sri lanka and see for themselves not some ethnic tamil like Pillay who is naturally biased againt sri lanka.

    james bond Friday, 27 September 2013 09:28 AM

    punish the criminals who did crimes.do not punish all sri lankans,they did not do war crimes.international community do not do stupid actions like sanctions against the country,do sanctions against who did the crimes.all lankns support to punish criminals who used peoples mandate to do crimes of their wish,punish the criminals only.

    VISA Thursday, 26 September 2013 07:32 AM

    who are going to isolate sri lanka ?
    aren't it uk, canada ?

    you can see the power of Rolls Royce engines.
    This is how world politics work. this is blackmail. shame on you uk. and you talk about good governance. but pressurise to by there products for attend in CHOGAM.
    Just an opinion !

    Asitha Thursday, 26 September 2013 07:34 AM

    Good development and hope they succeed in convincing Canada to attend too.

    UN-Justice Friday, 27 September 2013 10:09 AM

    There are good educated citizens in UK and Australia despite of bad pro-Yankee policies. Well said Sir!

    Senevi83 Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:45 AM

    Even the UN becoming a club of interests is detrimental to global wellbeing. Also see Tweets by senevi83

    kumar soysa Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:59 AM

    This is very true. If the U.K and other Western Nations engaged with Sri Lanka from the time the LTTE rebellion began with earnest in the early '80s, this matter would never have come so far. Even after the "war", the "engagement" was dictated by the diaspora, who appear to control the vote; hence the Chinese influence at present.

    What has been achived by isolating Cuba since 1961??

    Srilankan Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:59 AM

    Australia has to comment in this way, otherwise they must prepare to accept all magodies illegally entering their land claiming political Anselm , or illegal migrants.

    So all Sri lankan Tamil brothers & sisters, now it's time to understand that U need to corporate and live in this country, no one else will look after U.

    Thomas Ranger Friday, 27 September 2013 06:53 AM

    We Sri Lankans are a breed of 'know all' unto ourselves. Don't waste your breath on us - api siyalla dath.


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