British Foreign Secretary to talk to the President

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By Yohan Perera   

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP yesterday told the House of Commons that he would address the current situation in Sri Lanka with President Maithripala Sirisena later this week.  

He also said he will address the safety of MP Ranil Wickremesinghe among other concerns raised in the house, in the fallout of the current political crisis in Sri Lanka.   

Responding to a question by fellow Conservative member Sir Hugo Swire MP of East Devon, Hunt said that he would also address concerns regarding the move that saw the appointment of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister.   

 I will certainly address the issues raised by my fellow member and when I speak to the Sri Lankan President later on. I know that my fellow members are concerned on the safety of Wickremesinghe. We are watching the situation with great deal of concern,” he said.   

Swire requested Hunt to find out whether recent actions in Sri Lanka are direct contravention of the 19th Amendment to the constitution.   

“Will he point out that his recent actions are in direct contravention of the 19th Amendment (to the Constitution), that the international community continues to recognize Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as the legitimate Prime Minister, that this can only be changed by vote in parliament and parliament must be recalled as a matter of urgency in order that such a vote can take place?” he asked.   

Meanwhile, another Conservative member Ranil Jayawardena MP of North East Hampshire asked, “Will (the Foreign Secretary) confirm that Britian’s position will be to back the rule of law as a guiding in principle in Sri Lanka and elsewhere?”   

“Absolutely happy to confirm that and indeed upholding the Constitution in Sri Lanka,” the Foreign Secretary Commenting on the matter UNP Spokesman Harin Fernando said the present crisis is becoming grave.   
“The crisis is reaching grave proportions as the international community is fired up,” he said.   

Meanwhile Minister Rajitha Senaratne said at a media briefing yesterday that the international community is increasingly urging for Sri Lanka to establish political stability.   
He said the European Union had also expressed concern.   

“Sri Lanka might even lose GSP plus,” Dr Senaratne said.   

President Sirisena had told the foreign diplomats in Colombo that new Prime Minister was appointed in accordance with the power he enjoys in the Constitution.