UK welcomes progress but urges probe in SL

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While welcoming Saturday’s provincial council elections, British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt called on the Sri Lankan authorities to investigate reports of intimidation and other allegations and to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

“I welcome the Sri Lankan provincial elections that took place on 21 September. Polls have been described as largely peaceful by Commonwealth and domestic observer missions, with high turnout across all three provinces. This demonstrates the desire of the Sri Lankan people to engage in this democratic process which ensures all provinces now have a council for the first time since the end of the military conflict,” he said in a statement.

He also said, “I note with concern the credible reports of the misuse of state resources for campaigning, incidents of intimidation, and violence in the run-up to elections. I call on the authorities to investigate these serious allegations and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

He also called on the Sri Lankan government and parties who won provincial seats to work together to contribute meaningfully to effective and inclusive regional governance in Sri Lanka. “The lasting reconciliation all Sri Lankans deserve cannot be delivered by these polls alone, but the elections remain an important step in recognising the rights and aspirations of all citizens,” he added.
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  • Suq Madique Thursday, 26 September 2013 05:51 AM

    Would that be the US or UK?

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 24 September 2013 09:20 AM

    Aiyo no that is not possible bcos the Pres and his brothers are the main culprits.

    kumar Wednesday, 25 September 2013 07:03 AM

    The same people who supplied chemical weapons to Sri Lanka.

    Rohana Wednesday, 25 September 2013 07:08 AM

    Hon. Minister, the questions that you are asking is sometime in your country and other countries because no human beings are perfect even though they goes to religious places every now and then. Many people including higher ups in every society thinks that they can fool gods in every corner. Even in your country there are people living which have fled our country and trying to do things which harmful to our country and also may subject disunity of the racial community.

    Flatwhite Wednesday, 25 September 2013 12:08 AM

    Mate can you please investigate Flight TWA 800 Crash. USA called the homeland of rich Democracy and is that the reason FBI and the US Govt threatned the eye witness saying you did not see anything? First get your home sorted before porking fingers at others.

    Kumaraya Tuesday, 24 September 2013 11:16 AM

    Thanks. Can we ask YOU; Who supplied chemical weapons to Syria?

    Suq Madique Wednesday, 25 September 2013 06:16 AM

    So who cares.


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