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Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the European Union (EU) Ravinatha Aryasingha says the European Commission had been “rather clumsy” in dealing with the GSP plus issue on Sri Lanka.

In comments to the ‘European Voice’ newspaper the Ambassador said that it was “disappointing and unfortunate” as there was a vibrant process of engagement between the EU and Sri Lanka which has now been cut short by the Commission’s ultimatum.

The European Commission had written to the government putting down 15 conditions to be addressed in order for a recommendation to be put forward for the EU to temporarily extend the GSP plus trade benefits to Sri Lanka which ends next month.

The government has so far rejected the conditions and said it will also not formally respond to the EU letter. However the EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Bernard Savage speaking to Daily Mirror online this week had said that it was not a fixed deadline and the Commission would continue to seek dialogue with the Sri Lankan government. (Daily Mirror online)
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  • RajasH Friday, 02 July 2010 03:49 PM

    clumsy action gets clumsy reaction

    Ramzeel Saturday, 03 July 2010 05:51 AM

    What could you expect from a TV Commentator turned Diplomat.

    Milinda Friday, 02 July 2010 04:12 PM

    Leaders of GOSL, mainly politicians and their intrasigence approach has created this sad situation that victimizes the working poor of Sri Lanka.

    Elaris Friday, 02 July 2010 08:45 PM

    Dear ambassador, have you understood the '15 points'? At least, try to safeguard your reputation as a career diplomat.

    part Saturday, 03 July 2010 11:27 AM

    Clumsy?! When our foreign ministry has been acting stupidly...what an irony.

    musnad sufian Friday, 02 July 2010 12:20 PM

    this matter has become like "the wound of the begger"

    The Judge Friday, 02 July 2010 12:26 PM

    You call all those not supporting S/L clumsy. You like Myanmar, Iran etc as their HR is notorious.

    I Hussein Friday, 02 July 2010 12:30 PM

    They are not clumsy, they are buying time to trap you. I am sure GOSL will fall into EU's trap because this govt doesnt think or make wise decesions. Big mouths will not do any good to SL.

    sam Friday, 02 July 2010 12:43 PM

    Sure....the GraPeS (GSP) are sour!!!

    Gunda Friday, 02 July 2010 01:01 PM

    Dear Ambassador, Wasn't it your duty to keep the EU engaged on this your matter? How do you rate your performance on this subject?

    Louisa Friday, 02 July 2010 01:01 PM

    I guess you are sour & thats the reason you simply cannot let go & move on.

    bash Friday, 02 July 2010 01:40 PM

    Spot on.. another big mouthed ambassador who failed


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