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The government hopes the EU would re-calibrate it’s relationship with the island and engage the country in a forward-looking manner be-fitting the present context. Sri Lanka also feels the continuance of GSP+ will benefit the country.

A statement by Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha said the many steps taken in recent months to further strengthen good governance while having regard to transitional law enforcement and security challenges, do not compromise Sri Lanka’s national interest.

He said the continuance of the GSP+ benefits to Sri Lanka could serve as a useful catalyst in this process, optimizing the goodwill built through the recent high-level interactions and raising the relationship to a new level of understanding.

The Ambassador noted that during two visits to the EU by a Sri Lankan delegation several important aspects of the relationship, including issues relating to the political developments, humanitarian aid, development assistance and counter terrorism had been reviewed with a wide range of interlocutors from the European Council and member states, the European Parliament, and the European Commission.

Detailing the many steps taken by the government in recent months in this direction without compromising Sri Lanka’s national interest, he said the Attorney General during the discussions had made clear that the roll back of the Emergency Regulations at this juncture is only the beginning of a process which will be continued as and when the ground conditions become conducive to further relaxation.

Ambassador Aryasinha hoped that the EU and its 27 member states would re-calibrate their relationship with Sri Lanka and engage the country in a forward-looking manner be-fitting the present context, where the Government and the people of Sri Lanka were focused on reaping the peace dividend by forging national amity and prosperity. (Daily Mirror online)
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  • Monday, 14 June 2010 09:55 AM

    Where has all the arrogance, taking EU to courts etc. have gone? Looks like reality has at last dawned on the govt.

    Monday, 14 June 2010 10:06 AM

    So much talk.....very little visible results.

    Monday, 14 June 2010 10:15 AM

    Different story now. Didnt they realise it before the elections. Lions roar is only at home for your blind supporters.

    Monday, 14 June 2010 10:23 AM

    Hi EU we can live with out GSP++

    Monday, 14 June 2010 10:37 AM

    Stick to one story for goodness sake....stuck between begging and being insolent.

    Monday, 14 June 2010 10:44 AM

    why we need to go with a begging boll? I remember earlier we said we will manage. then what's the point

    Monday, 14 June 2010 10:46 AM

    BE FAIR TO SARATH FONSEKA FOR EU TO RECONSIDER GSP+

    Monday, 14 June 2010 10:53 AM

    if happen.......as a citizen of srilanka we are much happy

    Monday, 14 June 2010 10:54 AM

    Are SL Gov Talking from there mouths?????

    Monday, 14 June 2010 11:04 AM

    Westernization inevitable if we are so scared of Indianization or for that matter Chinacization! Lamkanization is possible only if we are not phobic about the neighbours and giants!

    Monday, 14 June 2010 11:33 AM

    What about taking them to courts?? what happen to macho talks of election times???

    Monday, 14 June 2010 11:50 AM

    Sri Lanka should look for new markets and should not depend on subsidies.

    We can also punish these countries in some mannner. Try and find insturments

    Monday, 14 June 2010 12:22 PM

    Countries pride is No:1
    Do not beg.


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