US, UK express concern over deepening political crisis in Sri Lanka
The United States and the United Kingdom have expressed concern over the deepening political crisis in Sri Lanka with the dissolution of parliament.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved Parliament through a gazette notification on Friday in violation of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.
The United States said it is deeply concerned by the news that Parliament has been dissolved, further deepening the political crisis.
“As a committed partner of Sri Lanka, we believe democratic institutions and processes need to be respected to ensure stability and prosperity,” the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of the Department of State said.
The United Kingdom also raised concerns over the decision by the President to dissolve Parliament last night.
UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific at the Foreign office, Mark Field said he is concerned by the news that Parliament has been dissolved days before it was due to be reconvened.
“As a friend of Sri Lanka, the UK calls on all parties to uphold the constitution and respect democratic institutions and processes,” the UK Minister said.
British High Commissioner to Colombo, James Dauris said the British Government is concerned that Sri Lanka Parliament dissolved days before it was to be reconvened and calls for respect for democratic institutions and processes.
“Step taken ignores calls from around the world, including UN & Commonwealth, that it should be allowed to meet and vote,” the High Commissioner said.
The President dissolved the parliament after the UPFA led government admitted that they do not have the majority of 113 MPs in the 225-member parliament.