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Sri Lanka must meet commitments to international community – Canada

Canada has called on Sri Lanka to ensure that it meets commitments it made to the international community amidst a political crisis on the island triggered by the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister.

The Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Ambassador to the Maldives, David McKinnon, stated today that

“The Government of Sri Lanka needs to take concrete steps to meet its commitments to its own people--and the international community--with respect to accountability, transitional justice and ending impunity".

“Canada is very concerned by the recent events in Sri Lanka and is closely monitoring the situation,” he added. “Respect for the rule of law is a cornerstone of democracy. We urge all parties to uphold Sri Lanka’s constitution and refrain from violence.”