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The Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives says no list of conditions have been communicated to the Government of Sri Lanka in order to obtain the GSP plus trade concessions.

A Government delegation will visit the European Commission headquarters later this month for talks on retaining the key trade concessions. The discussions, foreseen in Brussels on the 20th and 21st of May will address issues highlighted in the European Commission's final report on Sri Lanka's eligibility for GSP Plus issued in October 2009, the EU office in Colombo said.

This latest round of discussions is part of the continuing dialogue between the parties on these issues.

“The Delegation of the European Union to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka & the Maldives would like to underline that no list of conditions has been communicated to the Government. The Delegation emphasises that any review of the European Commissions recommendations on GSP Plus is not dependent on any single measure,” the EU added.

Moreover the Delegation wishes to underline the EU's respect for the judicial process of Sri Lanka and has no position on any ongoing court case in Sri Lanka. It would therefore be inappropriate for the Delegation to express a view on any such judicial proceedings. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 23

  • Friday, 07 May 2010 04:45 PM

    niluuka - Everyone is getting carried away - Asia cannot survive without the consumer markets of the Western world.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 07:48 AM

    Ranil again has to eat the humble pie. He is trying to hide behind SF again. He must realize that he cannot make arbitary statements and getaway. Shame that he still leads a great party.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 08:00 AM

    It is adherence to international law that qualifies for GSP. GOSL has not adhered therefore they get kicked out of GSP. The recent declarations by President shows he is ready to adhere to conditions layed out by EU to qualify for GSP. This is because MR does not have any elections to run and has become sober and is looking at realities.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 08:10 AM

    mohandev - Where in the above article does it say that " the EU is dying to give the GSP+ to Sri Lanka". This gist of it says "that no list of conditions have been communicated to the Government of Sri Lanka in order to obtain the GSP+ trade concessions. No where does it state what you inferred in your comment. It further states" The Delegation emphasises that any review of the European Commissions recommendations on GSP + is not dependent on any single measure,”

    Friday, 07 May 2010 08:43 AM

    No Ranil said the EU will ask the UNP (opposition) on the country situation! ...if GF is released then UNP have a point to convince the EU to obtain GSP+ . what ever Ranil does u guys get the negative image

    Friday, 07 May 2010 08:49 AM

    EU is trying hard to give GSP+. Our delegation has gone to EU to introduce our conditions. hoooo, hoooo

    Friday, 07 May 2010 09:00 AM

    It looks crystal clear that the EU Delegation's statement at this particular juncture is a quick reponse to Ranil's claim that EU is insisting on SF's release as one of the pre--requisite conditions to consider restoration of GSP+ concession. It appears Ranil has unnecessarily pushed himself into an embarrassing situation by making a statement on the subject without verifying facts.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 09:03 AM

    What ever Ranil does u guys get the positive image !!!

    Friday, 07 May 2010 09:04 AM

    Has Ranil W been appointed the EU representative or as their spokesman in Sri Lanka? Might as well take it since he has been losing badly in the political front and has also lost the faith of his own party members.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 09:20 AM

    As I said clearly in a previouse comment,minister should go
    to EU with opposition leader.Westerners think different way about Asian Politics.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 09:24 AM

    It is rather difficult to imagine that EU could have turned so irrational as to factor in SF's release as a condition to be complied with by Sri Lanka in order to win back the GSP+ trade facility. The simple reason for this is that court martialling of SF is an internal legal issue of the sovereign state of Sri Lanka in which the EU has absolutely no right or status to interfere with and dictate terms. Ranil should have thought twice before making his assertion.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 09:38 AM

    If you read properly & understand the EU says it is " not dependent on a single measure" - that is SF being released. It could very likely be ONE measure - you and Many do not understand the nuances in the English language. It depends on SF release, Tissa's release and MANY MORE. Ranil is right.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 10:09 AM

    This is Asian Century!
    EU will not survive without Asian hands!!

    Friday, 07 May 2010 10:14 AM

    EU is in an economic collapse. They need cheap products, they need to cut down their cost of living. They do want to give GSP+ back to us. But they will try to make us do few things they wish as well. These include terrorist right probes, SF release etc.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 10:26 AM

    They have set some guidelines, adopt them and you will regain GSP+ otherwise you lose it. A latin American country had a referendum to approve one of the request of the EU, so why should they give concessions to SL? Lalith Wije

    Friday, 07 May 2010 10:32 AM

    This delegation will give such sweet sugar coated statements while in Sri Lanka to please us and their HQ will say something else to please their friends.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 10:50 AM

    Please refer to European Commission report on Sri Lanka GSP+ - Brussels, 19 October 2009. All critiques and the government seem ignorant of the fact leading temporary suspension of GSP+ to us, may be they refuse to understand. Unless we adhere to the conditions, such travels overseas is in vain.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 11:34 AM

    Whatever EU may say they are in big trouble themselves let alone giving GSP+ to Sri Lanka. There are problems trying to bail out Greece and now spain and others to follow. UK debt is 167 billion.
    EU as it is in big trouble lets see what they say. We only have to realise that GSP+ was granted during Tsunami and nothing to do with human rights at the time. EU must claw back benefits due to current circumstances.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 07:00 AM

    Ranil Shame on you! You are caught lying. EU does not seek the release of Fonseka as stated by Ranil yesterday in the Parliament. I wonder whether he will have the decency to apologize for lying at the legislature.......?

    Friday, 07 May 2010 07:13 AM

    So now EU is dying to give GSP+ to SL somehow (what a laugh !)

    Friday, 07 May 2010 07:20 AM

    all this is rubbish by EU and GOSL, both of these parties having nice time around the world by holding meetings.

    Friday, 07 May 2010 07:26 AM

    With such unwarranted talk, how can we trust Ranil as a super leader who can bring in foreign investments and bilateral trade with the west?

    Friday, 07 May 2010 07:26 AM

    have they said they'll give it?

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