While condemning the unwarranted use of force against peaceful demonstrators, the European Union (EU) has stressed the importance of the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
The High Representative on behalf of the European Union said in a statement that the urgency of the domestic situation requires the swift establishment and implementation of a structured plan of reforms in order to return the country’s economy back onto a sustainable path.
" In this context, it is essential to safeguard human rights and the rule of law while fostering good and inclusive governance and promoting reconciliation efforts. The EU will continue to support all efforts in favour of Sri Lankan people, aimed at returning to more stability and economic recovery and advancing reconciliation agenda, in full respect of democratic values," the statement added.
"Over the years, the EU and its member states have provided more than EUR 1billion in assistance to the Sri Lankan people. The re-introduction in 2017 of preferential access to the European Single Market under the GSP+ scheme has been essential for Sri Lanka’s economic development. The EU expects the new Government to work in full compliance with its GSP+ commitments. Current and future cooperation programmes (EUR 70 million) are being aligned with Sri Lanka’s most pressing needs. In addition to delivering medicines through the EU’s Joint Civil Protection Mechanism, member states and the EU are closely monitoring food security on the island in order to fund actions targeting the most vulnerable communities," the EU further said.
TJ Saturday, 23 July 2022 09:54 PM
Be hard on the arrogant president who is a pseudo intellectual
All ears to good advice Saturday, 23 July 2022 10:25 PM
It does not hurt to listen to good advise. Let us listen to our well wishers, who really want to help us. This may serve as an encouragement to go forward in our goal of good governance.
Nihal S Sunday, 24 July 2022 12:09 AM
Thank you EU. Please keep applying pressure on this brutal regime.
Cheers Sunday, 24 July 2022 04:31 AM
Peaceful my foot UN
Siripala Sunday, 24 July 2022 04:36 AM
Seems this is after his meeting with those diplomats. They have not convinced.
Waco Sunday, 24 July 2022 05:02 AM
EU, please do not hesitate impose sanctions on Sri Lanka until the present Government leaves the Office. * Ranil Wickramasinghe the current President must resign. * Parliament should be dissolved.
Punchi Sunday, 24 July 2022 05:38 AM
EU GSP , money, aid, freebies for our Buddha blessed forever beggar paradise always welcome but concerns on rights to protest, human rights of our people especially minorities not welcome
Andrew Silva Sunday, 24 July 2022 06:14 AM
Ranil does not know what peaceful is he only knows the baton method.
Demuni Uduwara Sunday, 24 July 2022 07:06 AM
Who are the uniformed drunken thugs talked in filth come with Forces according to strugglers ?
G Sunday, 24 July 2022 07:38 AM
Ranil why not you summoned them to your office and give them a piece of your mind
Sokrates Sunday, 24 July 2022 08:27 AM
Tell Ranil that he is only the first servant of the country and the people are the master.
Old fox Sunday, 24 July 2022 09:29 AM
This old fox thinks that he can cheat the world by saying one thing and doing another. Srilankans have no trust or respect for him and that was shown at the last election. His party couldn't get a single seat ,such a cruel and selfish man. HE will not be able to keep up his appointed president post until his time ends up.
Seqi Sunday, 24 July 2022 10:05 AM
Get your own house in order.....and have a go at the US for have forced labor in its internment camps ooops.. prisons.
Antony Jude Sunday, 24 July 2022 11:18 AM
EU, where did you go when these protesters destroyed Ranil's house by setting fire. All the social and human rights actists were silent at that time.
European Sunday, 24 July 2022 11:46 AM
Antony Jude: protestsong against Putin for bombing grainsilos and Odessa after some hours signing an agreement
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