Britain says disappointed by SL’s pace of change

16 May 2018 05:46 am - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The British Government on Friday said it was disappointed by the Sri Lanka’s pace of change in terms of fulfilling its international commitments and said there was much remaining to be done.

Mark Field, Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific told British Parliament on Friday that he met Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana in the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London and discussed about the progress achieved by Sri Lanka.

“I met Minister Marapana on April 18. We discussed the progress made by Sri Lanka against its international commitments. I set out the British Government's view that there is much remaining to be done and we have been disappointed by the pace of change,” he said.

He said there was limited progress on Human Rights in Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka remained a Human Rights Priority Country for the British Government.

When Labour Party MP Catherine West asked what recent assessment State Minister Field had made of the human rights and security situation in Sri Lanka, he said the Sri Lankan Government called a State of Emergency in response to attacks on Muslim communities in February 2018.

“We have encouraged the authorities to ensure that those responsible are investigated and held accountable,” he said.

Meanwhile, he said Britain led a strong joint statement at the March UNHR Council calling on the Sri Lankan Government to redouble its efforts to deliver the commitments it made to the Council in 2015 and 2017. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 10

  • Unchikun Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:11 AM

    Underdeveloped countries need international observers.

    Aruna Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:45 AM

    what an observation ... wow... rich!

    Don Juan Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:15 AM

    British likes what is going on in Palestine?

    Vignes Wednesday, 16 May 2018 10:26 AM

    Your point is valid but still Sir Lanka need more Action

    Saman Wednesday, 16 May 2018 11:19 AM

    It's difficult to fulfill demands of Tamil - LTTE diaspora. That's what they are asking.

    das Wednesday, 16 May 2018 12:34 PM

    Britain the has been world power and former empire

    nanda Wednesday, 16 May 2018 05:59 PM

    So what? They must be punished for the wrong doings of the past.

    Don Wednesday, 16 May 2018 05:40 PM

    Unlike in UK, we have JO-kers, 16 conspirators of Coalition, JVP, GMOA, IUSF, private Bus mudalalis, so-called CEB engineers all try to harass ordinary public by stopping work.

    Ari Wednesday, 16 May 2018 06:51 PM

    Why do we need to care about what's discussed in British parliament. We should do what's best for our country decided by our people.

    Analyst Wednesday, 16 May 2018 07:16 PM

    Human rights are only for poor and powerless countries !

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