EU delegation Head briefs Foreign Minister
The Head of the European Union delegation to Sri Lanka Ambassador
Bernard Savage called on Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama yesterday
and briefed the Minister on the developments connected with the
implementation of the Lisbon Treaty which came into force on December 1.
Minister Bogollagama used the opportunity of the meeting to take up
the European Commission press release "Commission statement on GSP+ and
Sri Lanka" of December 15, 2009.
The Minister observed in this regard that the Sri Lanka Government
had impressed upon the EU that any hasty decision on the issue will
contribute to the perception that the EU is seeking to influence the
electoral process in Sri Lanka.
He observed that regrettably, this perception has been reinforced by
the timing, which can only be termed as unfortunate, of the Commission's
December 15 announcement on its intent to temporarily suspend the EU GSP+
facility to Sri Lanka.
The Minister concluded his remarks by expressing confidence in the
Government's ability to safeguard the country's democratic institutions
and the sovereign right of its people of all communities to exercise
their franchise, free of undue or unwarranted influence, during the