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Trade, Constitutional Reform & the UNHRC – Britain’s High Commissioner meets with Sri Lanka’s PM

Amidst Sri Lanka’s ongoing economic collapse, Britain’s High Commissioner, Sarah Hulton, met with Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Prime Minister, Dinesh Gunawardene and discussed a range of topics, including constitutional reform, trade, and the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Gunawardene, having previously served as foreign secretary, is a staunch opponent of the latest UNHRC resolution, describing it as “unwarranted, unjustified”, and “illegal”. The resolution mandated the collection and preservation of evidence which may be used in a future war crimes tribunal. He also has a record of defending war criminals such as Chief of Defence Staff, Shavendra Silva.

The meeting follows a wide-ranging speech by Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe which detailed his future plans for constitutional reform, which involved devolving power away from the presidency, and a series of economic reforms, such as taking state assets into private ownership.

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