Commonwealth Chief disappointed

2013-01-14 16:08:09

While expressing extreme disappointment over the dismissal of the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma on Sunday said he would also consider further Commonwealth initiatives and responses as are envisaged in situations that could be perceived to constitute violations of core Commonwealth values and principles.

Issuing a statement, the Secretary-General recalled his earlier statements about this matter, in particular his statement following the decision by Parliament on January 11 to impeach the Chief Justice, in which he had urged the Executive to pause and reflect carefully on the constitutional ramifications of the differing positions taken by the country’s Judiciary and Legislature.

Reiterating the Commonwealth’s profound collective concern at the recent developments and noting the deep divisions this had caused in Sri Lanka, the Secretary-General said, "the dismissal of the Chief Justice will be widely seen, against the background of the divergence between the Judiciary and the Legislature, as running counter to the independence of the judiciary, which is a core Commonwealth value.

"I have been in touch over the recent days with the Government of Sri Lanka at the highest levels and had offered Commonwealth assistance to find a way forward from the constitutional impasse. I will continue to remain engaged with the Sri Lankan Government following today’s developments. I will also consider further Commonwealth initiatives and responses as are envisaged in situations that could be perceived to constitute violations of core Commonwealth values and principles," he said..

The Secretary-General will be visiting Sri Lanka in February.

  Comments - 19

  • Mark Monday, 14 January 2013 21:51

    The Secretary-General is saying a lot words.but can he back it up with actions...

    Reply : 4       49

    Antany Peter Monday, 14 January 2013 21:52

    It is a new beginning for the CJ. The Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake has a huge potential for herself and for the country. She has a lot to give for the country. She must get involved in politics and bring new ideas to the table. Lets people decide whether she is worthy or not. She must not go to the UN, but go to her people and put her ideas forward, in order to develop the country. She must not go to the enemies who divide others, invade others' countries and kill millions of people to keep themselves on top. Do not go to the devil to get justice. I urge every Lankan to stop listening to the enemies who divide us, they use every opportunity to bring chaos into the developing countries to rule others.

    Reply : 43       14

    Asoka Jayawardane Tuesday, 15 January 2013 01:19

    Who cheated Ex-President R. Premadasa and later killed by suicide bomber. Dont be a traitor Sinhalese Nation

    Reply : 30       3

    Athula Tuesday, 15 January 2013 02:44

    Dr. Bandaranayake is a well respected person.

    Reply : 4       28

    raj Monday, 14 January 2013 22:20

    you should also take responsibility for the situation because you kept quiet when there is a human rights violations in Sri Lanka during and after the war.

    Reply : 21       45

    Banda c Tuesday, 15 January 2013 00:12

    Non of your busniess of intefere Sri Lakakan Judiciary; is the internal matter sovergenity and Indepedence of Parlimentry Democracy and people of Island.Hand off our country and withdraw your STATEMENT AND APOLIGIEST PEOPLE OF ISLAND.

    Reply : 92       16

    NA Tuesday, 15 January 2013 00:45

    Ha..Ha.. Another desperate hoot for the brothers.

    I won't be surprised if they threw out Sri Lanka from the Commonwealth.
    It is good to know there exists things that brothers have NO CONTROL. What the brothers want is not one party rule, but ONE FAMILY rule over all Sri Lankans. International community knows that no Sri Lankan can stand up to these men at the moment. The International community is doing there best to stop dictatorship of the brothers at all levels.

    Sri Lanka is a huge pyramid scheme funded by the INTERNATIONAL community. All higher ups knows that, very well. Everything will fall apart around brothers as soon as the funding stops. Until such times, enjoy it.

    Reply : 5       47

    Asoka Jayawardane Tuesday, 15 January 2013 01:16

    All over the world Indians are barkers

    Reply : 29       12

    Chris Tuesday, 15 January 2013 01:43

    Brother Banda, Sri Lanka is still part of the commonwealth!

    Reply : 3       33

    weha Tuesday, 15 January 2013 01:55

    Are you the banda who went to see wesak or are you the one who pulled that cart?

    Reply : 6       32

    vj Tuesday, 15 January 2013 01:03

    Right or wrong Commonwealth and other countries shoul back off its an internal problem, why put finger in others ...?

    Reply : 42       5

    Imran Hussein Tuesday, 15 January 2013 06:14

    If you quarrel with your wife at home, its an internal problem. When you bring it out to the streets, its a social problem.
    What's happening in the country today is not internal. Its fatal. Entire country's future is in jeopardy.

    Reply : 1       12

    jude silva Tuesday, 15 January 2013 01:06

    sorry to to here you are disappointed mr. sharma,Try to be Happy next time with change of Vedda Chief.
    UN do not pay there staff properly so they rely on cash from under world.

    Reply : 25       2

    Asoka Jayawardane Tuesday, 15 January 2013 01:11

    Secretary General, your father country (India) also disappointed?

    Reply : 18       7

    Don Quixote Tuesday, 15 January 2013 01:46

    There goes CHOGM ! That is the worst thing that can happen to this Country.

    Reply : 4       20

    AJ Tuesday, 15 January 2013 05:31

    Boycott the CW thats the best message you can give to such a Adamant a alarm...

    Reply : 1       9

    S. Rodrigo Tuesday, 15 January 2013 07:55

    Even when thousands of innocent Tamil men, women & children were being massacered in the name of ending terrorism, none of these people were so eloquent. Now they are all clamoring or democracy, independence of judiciary etc. having ignored all human values at that time.

    For a leader who was brash enough to commit all those crimes agianst his own people, there are no limits. This is only the beginning.

    Reply : 0       4

    Minister Tuesday, 15 January 2013 10:31

    Commonwealth, Now for goodness sake, take your heads of state meeting elsewhere. Don't come here. Refrain from fingering into our internal affairs!!

    Reply : 5       2

    LBJ Wednesday, 16 January 2013 04:50

    And don't go begging with the begging bowl either.

    Reply : 0       1

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