Commenting on the current political developments in Sri Lanka, UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field has said the position of the UK is that it recognises states and not governments.
He has said this in response to a question asked by Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry on Monday whether the British Government recognises Ranil Wickremesinghe or Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
State Minister Field said they were deeply concerned by the political situation in Sri Lanka.
“I have called on all parties to ensure that the constitution is respected and due political and legal process upheld. On October 29, I made a public statement urging the President, in consultation with the Speaker, to reconvene parliament immediately to give the democratically elected representatives of the Sri Lankan people their voice,” he said.
Chryshan K. Wednesday, 7 November 2018 23:21
Democratically elected representatives doesn't represent the people elected anymore. They sell them selves for huge values and does exactly the opposite of what is wished by the people elected them. They do not want to change this system since they benifit either way. Its people need to change it and make sure to defeat any minister that crosses over to any other party other than they got elected for.
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johan Thursday, 8 November 2018 08:38
Before next elections Cross over bills should be removed. OtherwisePeople should not go for an election
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Seelawathi Wednesday, 7 November 2018 23:24
Why can't we also have one MP in charge of britain and US?
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Wellington Wednesday, 7 November 2018 23:25
All these because of the fear of China.
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vithura Wednesday, 7 November 2018 23:28
If this not a rebuff of the actions of MS and MR, one is not sure what is.
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Lokka Thursday, 8 November 2018 01:40
You people in the West have not yet she's the colonial mentality. You still think you are still the masters of all other countries. Please let our internal affairs be sorted by ourselves.
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Peter Thursday, 8 November 2018 16:23
Well they still do control SR. Its aid or debt which pays for most of the work that is carried out in SL.
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Hodha Hitha Thursday, 8 November 2018 02:59
What do you mean by "recognising the state not by the government". You are good for MR.
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Step down Thursday, 8 November 2018 04:13
The man who came to speak eloquently on DEMOCRACY has damaged the name of the country.HE SHOULD NOT BE PRESIDENT ANYMORE he is an opportunist VIPER worse than the man we got rid of
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Jude Thursday, 8 November 2018 05:08
Hey Mr Mark Field !! If you really make a statement!! First Recall your High Commissioner and your Cricket team and make SL High Commissioner in UK A persona non grata !!! Yeah!! That kind of action will give a clear message to the new illegal Undemocratic new government!!!
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fareed Thursday, 8 November 2018 10:18
Lot of countries are going to recall their embassadors and impose sanctions and travel ban for the illegal ministers and illegal PM.
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Kasun gunasiri Thursday, 8 November 2018 05:22
Yes. We recognise governments , only when they do what we say like Sri Lankan one in the last 3 years
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fareed Thursday, 8 November 2018 10:20
Every game whether you like it or not has rules and you follow the rules.
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Arnold Thursday, 8 November 2018 05:40
Hey Brits please come and rule Lanka again. These power and money hungry politicians have ruined our mother land.
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lanka Thursday, 8 November 2018 15:10
Brits politicians are no different! Conservative government paid £1 billion to the DUP to stay in power!
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Jude Thursday, 8 November 2018 05:53
Hey at this juncture, do something!!?? Making statements not gonna to cut in!!??
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Sunil Thursday, 8 November 2018 06:04
Sums up the situation in Sri Lanka very well. Thank you, Sir.
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Tissa Thursday, 8 November 2018 07:07
UK should keep out of Sri lankan Domestic Problems of Sri Lanka. What the President has done is kept to the wishes of the people on 10th February 2018 at the Local government elections where People wanted the PJP led by Mahinda Rajapakse. This is the time Government elected in August 2015 should have resigned. and asked MR to form a new government,What we need is a new parliamentary elections held with MR as PM under a caretaker Government.This is what any decent government in europe or UK would have done. Remember Camaron resigned as PM after a vote for Briext which he did not support won the vote of the people. Labour too did not support so the queen the head of parliament had no alternative but to appoint May to carry out the wishes of the people. Constitutions are only a piece of paper. Vote of people is sovereign not the present 4 year old parliament .
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channa Thursday, 8 November 2018 12:34
Then don't waste money by having so many electiins. One election is enough to appoint members for the local government, provincial council and parliament.
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vaz Thursday, 8 November 2018 15:44
Shouldn't the bribery commission interested on the the money transactions for the cross over?
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