British parliamentarians today fielded questions to Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministers, including the Foreign Secretary, on the current political crisis in Sri Lanka, following the sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe and the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Theresa Villiers MP asked:
The British government acknowledges concerns “about the safety of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe”, the UK’s Foreign Secretary said on Tuesday.
Answering questions in Parliament today, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said “I know that a number of Members are concerned about the safety of Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, and we are watching the situation with a great deal of concern.”
Following the appointment of Rajapaksa as PM of Sri Lanka Canada, alongside the European Union, UK, US and other European nations, has expressed concern over Sri Lanka.
In a press statement Global Affairs Canada said:
“Canada remains deeply concerned by the political situation in Sri Lanka. We reiterate our call for all parties to refrain from violence and respect due process and the rule of law”.
The Ranking Member of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee called on Sri Lanka to “immediately reconvene parliament” as the political crisis in the south continues.
Congressman Eliot Engel said he was “alarmed by the political crisis caused by the extra-constitutional replacement of Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister”.
“I urge President @MaithripalaS to immediately reconvene Parliament & allow the body to perform its constitutional duties,” he…
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) joined the chorus of growing international voices concerned over the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister of Sri Lanka and called on the government to comply with a UN resolution.
“The Human Rights Council will be watching closely to assess whether Sri Lanka is in breach of its commitments,” said Frederick Rawski, the Asia Pacific Director for the ICJ.
“Any serious threat to progress on human rights accountability will…