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European Parliament – there is room for constructive engagement between EU and Sri Lanka

Jun 21, 2011 11:17:20 AM - itnnews.lk

A report presented to the European Parliament claims that it strongly believes there is room for constructive and principled engagement between the European Union and Sri Lanka. The report of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with South Asia was tabled in Brussels last week.

It was crafted following the visit of the delegation to Sri Lanka from the 22nd to the 26th of February this year. The delegation was headed by Jean Lambert. The report called on the Diaspora to play a positive role in supporting this approach by working constructively with the elected Tamil leadership in Sri Lanka. The report said that the visit of the European Parliamentary delegation was productive and its members heard about detailed plans of the Sri Lankan Government to build the North and felt that there certainly have been very positive moves.

Mrs. Lambert made a special reference to the Interim Recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission. She said these were judged as positive ones. She also highlighted that the delegation was specially encouraged by the creation in Sri Lanka Parliament of a formal counterpart body in the form of an EU Parliamentary Friendship Association. She added that the delegation believes this form of engagement is the way forward.