The Foreign Secretary, Admiral Professor Jayanath Colombage, addressed journalists in a virtual press conference and stated that the government welcomes the upcoming visit from the EU delegation.
The delegation is said to arrive in the country on the 27th of September, 2021. The purpose of the visit is to review the GSP+ facility granted to Sri Lanka by the European Union.
The GSP+ status is not automatic, and it requires the Commission & the European External Action Service (EEAS) to assess a nation’s credibility by taking into account the country’s current situation. The GSP+ has been instrumental in developing the Sri Lankan economy and helped Sri Lanka establish the EU as its second-largest single export market.
The EU has used the GSP+ status to compel Sri Lanka to uphold its human rights obligations, such as the repeal of the highly controversial Prevention of Terrorism Act. The government is yet to comply with this requirement, and the PTA continues to operate today.
The mounting international pressure saw Sri Lanka withdraw from the UNHRC resolution, which addressed the same issue. In this instance, Sri Lanka saw the support of over 15 countries condemning the attempts to interfere with the domestic legal system.
Admiral Colombage further stated that the government has responded in writing to the initial inquiries of the EU delegation. He also said that unofficial sources confirm a positive response from the EU delegation.
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