Measures taken by the new Sri Lankan government to resolve economic issues and to safeguard democratic rights of its people are exceptional, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said.
The Secretary – General made these comments in London yesterday during a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena who is on an official visit to the United Kingdom.
Mr. Sharma thanked the President for attending the Commonwealth Day and extended his good wishes for the success of new government.
He also expressed his satisfaction on the measures taken by the government for the welfare of the people living in North and East.
While appreciating the government’s decision to formulate a local mechanism to provide inputs in preparing UNHRC report, Mr. Sharma pledged his association’s fullest cooperation towards it.
The Secretary General pointed out the importance of appointing Independent Commissions and said the Right to Information Bill is a very vital step taken by the government.
When Mr. Sharma asked the President if there is any plan to postpone the General elections, President Sirisena said there is no requirement to do so.
President pointed out the necessity to change the electoral system in Sri Lanka and said it will be a good move if the government goes for an election under a new electoral system. He also pointed out the importance of having a strong Parliament to fulfill people’s aspirations.
The government is currently on the process of setting up the local mechanism to face the upcoming UNHRC session said the President. He requested Commonwealth’s assistance to take it forward as Sri Lanka lacks previous experience in such affairs.
When Mr. Sharma asked about if the President had to face any protest by the Tamils during his visit to London, President Sirisena said he had the opportunity of meeting some Tamils domicile in London and they are aware of the measures of the government for the welfare of all communities living in Sri Lanka.