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The European Union (EU) yesterday said there was no move to impose any form of sanctions on Sri Lanka over alleged human rights abuses but on the contrary the EU was keen to maintain constructive dialogue with the Sri Lankan authorities.

On the condition of anonymity an authority at the EU parliament dismissed the media speculation reports that a travel ban might be imposed on Sri Lankan military and other government officials from visiting EU countries.

Last week Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama handed over the document captioned “Observations of the GOSL in respect of the Report on the findings of the investigation with respect to the effective implementation of certain human rights conventions in Sri Lanka” to the Heads of Missions of the EU member states represented in Colombo. He also sent individually addressed letters to his counterparts in the EU member countries. 

The foreign ministry source said that the Minister recalled to the Heads of Mission that in view of the importance Sri Lanka attaches to her relations with the European Union, President Mahinda Rajapaksa had assigned four members of the Cabinet, namely the Ministers of Export Development & International Trade, of Disaster Management & Human Rights, of Justice & Law Reforms and Foreign Affairs to analyze the European Commission Report of 19th October, 2009.

“Minister Bogollagama in conclusion expressed confidence that the Observations provided by the Government of Sri Lanka would be extensively examined by the European Commission and the findings reflected in its recommendation to the Council of the European Union. This he said would facilitate the continued constructive engagement on the relevant issues between the Government of Sri Lanka and the institutions of the European Union,” it added.

A similar letter addressed to the President of the European Commission was also handed over to the Head of Delegation of the Commission in Sri Lanka.

 
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