The European Union (EU) is concerned about the continuation of the imposition of Emergency Regulations and the detention of DNA leader General Sarath Fonseka under military custody, but not in a position to dictate to Sri Lanka on its domestic affairs, Head of the delegation of the EU Commission, Bernard Savage said.
"It is up to Sri Lanka to meet the conditions expected by the EU. A firm decision has been taken by the EU to withdraw the GSP+ facility from August. If Sri Lanka keeps its house in order pertaining to the issues like human and labor rights and media freedom, the EU will positively review the situation in a later date and it will be helpful to regain the trade facility," Mr. Savage in an exclusive interview with Daily Mirror.
When suggested that there was a public perception in Sri Lanka that the EU has a negative attitude towards Sri Lanka like the US, Mr. Savage said "It was a business like relationship".
’I can’t comment on the public perception. However, the attitude of the EU towards Sri Lanka at large and President Mahinda Rajapaksa administration is clearly reflected on the statement by Catherine Ashton, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the EU on April 13 on Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Elections results.