Sri Lanka will resolve issues through democratic method: Gotabaya tells EU delegation

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In a discussion with European Delegation, Sri Lankan President and accused war criminal Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the country will provide solutions for issues through a democratic system.

The delegation is expected to review Sri Lanka’s compliance with the agreements which Sri Lanka has already committed to adhere to under the EU GSP+ regime, its co-operation with Sri Lanka and the European Parliament’s views on Sri Lanka, Presidential Media Division (PMD) said in a statement. 

The representatives of the European Union, who paid special attention to the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), pointed out the need of a timeline based solution. The delegation said that a formal report based on the findings of the visit would be submitted to the European Commission and the European Parliament.

The President said that the necessary Committees have been appointed and the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General have been instructed according to the reports of the Committees and immediate steps will be taken to amend the necessary provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act. 

Gotabaya further said that the country would abide by the agreements on human rights in the world today.

According to Presidential Media Division’s (PMD) statement, Gotabaya explained the steps taken by the government despite this situation to address many of the problems caused by the prolonged war and to establish democracy as well as to carry out development in the North and East. During the discussion, it was also pointed out the steps that have been taken to provide relief to the families of the missing persons and to pay compensation to the families of victims.

Gotabaya also stated that even at the UN General Assembly, he stressed the need for the Tamil political parties, members of the Tamil Diaspora and all expatriates to work together to resolve the country’s internal problems and take the country forward.

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