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EU calls for all parties to refrain from violence

The European Union has called for all parties to refrain from violence and act in accordance with Sri Lanka’s constitution.

Responding to the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister in a statement released on Saturday, the heads of missions said,

“The Ambassador of The European Union as well as the Ambassador of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania and the UK High Commissioner are closely following the events as they are unfolding in Sri Lanka. We urge all parties to fully act in accordance with Sri Lanka’s constitution, to refrain from violence, to follow due institutional process, to respect the independence of institutions and freedom of media.”

In an additional separate statement the Swiss embassy made similar calls, stating,

“It also calls on all parties to refrain from the use of force.”

Earlier today the US called on the Sri Lankan government to uphold its "Geneva commitments to human rights, reform, accountability, justice and reconciliation."