A Canadian government MP and parliamentary secretary to a cabinet minister is calling Sri Lanka “a failed and bankrupt state” as the country receives another international bailout.
Liberal MP Gary Anandasangaree called a press conference Tuesday to argue that the International Monetary Fund should have called for more autonomy for that country’s Tamil minority.
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly refused to say Wednesday whether his comments reflect Canadian policy.
“By any standard of measurement, Sri Lanka is a failed and bankrupt state, devoid of the political and economic leadership to support its most vulnerable and ensure long-term political and economic sustainability,” said Anandasangaree, who is Tamil.
He said the IMF should have had a “focus on gross and serious violation of international human rights and humanitarian law” in Sri Lanka, and pressed for the Tamil region’s “right to self-determination and the ability to chart its own economic trajectory.”
Sri Lanka’s deputy high commissioner in Canada, Anzul Jhan, opted against commenting on Anandasangaree’s remarks.
“The mission has no comment as long as our two countries are having a clear understanding and constructive dialogue based on Commonwealth principles,” she said in a statement.
Jhan noted that global bodies such as the G7 and the Paris Club “have shown their confidence in Sri Lanka taking positive steps to abide by IMF conditions.”
Joly’s office would not say whether Ottawa sees Sri Lanka as a “failed state” but said it is monitoring the situation and is concerned about human rights on the island.
“Canada is deeply concerned about the deteriorating economic situation in Sri Lanka,” spokesman Adrien Blanchard said in an emailed statement.
“We support efforts towards urgent political and economic reforms to alleviate the hardships faced by (people) in Sri Lanka.”
The Liberals have imposed sanctions on senior Sri Lankan leaders, including two of the country’s recent presidents, whom Ottawa is accusing of human-rights violations during a civil war against Tamil separatists.
Sri Lanka summoned Canada’s ambassador over the move in January, accusing Ottawa of caving to Tamil diaspora politics instead of helping with reconciliation efforts. (Calgary Herald)
Roy Thursday, 23 March 2023 11:02 AM
A Thursday, 23 March 2023 12:15 PM
I am sure SL government will agree once your LTTE organisation give list of Innocent people they killed .
Mk Thursday, 23 March 2023 12:34 PM
Aney palayang bung yanna
Eesha Thursday, 23 March 2023 12:36 PM
Yes but those here in Sri Lanka haven't realized it
Nm Thursday, 23 March 2023 01:16 PM
Man is suffering from verbal diarrhoea .
Lokka Thursday, 23 March 2023 01:35 PM
These racist diaspora Tamils are responsible for creating mayhem in Sri Lanka by funding the LTTE, using Canadian tax payers money. MP Anandasagari has been an avowed supporter of Prabhakaran's terrorist group. He together with Prabhakaran were responsible for killing his own people who resisted this terror group.
Cheers Thursday, 23 March 2023 03:12 PM
Refugee of Canada another boatie tamil bogus assylum seekers good on you Canada
Spartacus Thursday, 23 March 2023 03:43 PM
Certainly SL is a failed state due to policies of Sinhalese Leaders backed by Sinhalese Citizens themselves. We Sinhalese need to agree and admit that, only then can we correct ourselves and move in the right direction. Enough of imaginary development and fantasy gallery statements.
S.Siva Friday, 24 March 2023 07:20 AM
There is a clear difference between assistance to raise your head and failing to look after the day to day needs of the citizens .Sri Lanka is being help to raise its head by the IMF loan which is just about one percent of its economic activity. Garry knows his facts and has made a factual statement as a member of a Sri Lankan political family. It may not be the official stand of the Canadian Government which continues to support Sri Lanka where democracy still survives. It does not and will not expect all its citizens to adhere to a single policy .Gary stated what most Sri Lankans fell about their country after the Rajapakse - a failed state where the citizens cannot live a peaceful life
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