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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 - 12:49
EU Commends Progress in Sri lanka
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The 20th meeting of the European Union - Sri Lanka Joint Commission took place in Brussels yesterday.

The meeting was co-chaired by Chitranganee Waagiswara, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, and Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service.

The parties welcomed the recent lifting of the EU ban on export of fish from Sri Lanka.

This was achieved due to the extensive improvements made by the Government of Sri Lanka in fisheries management and control, consistent with its international obligations.

It was agreed that the close relationship established on fisheries between the two parties will continue.

The meeting provided an opportunity to exchange views on the state of implementation of the UN Human Rights Council resolution of 1st October 2015, which was co-sponsored by a number of UN Member States and Sri Lanka.

The parties noted the progress made and indicated that further measures would be pursued and progress would continue for the implementation of the resolution.

Progress with regard to the release of land and the normalisation of the life in the North and East of the country, the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the release or prosecution of detainees held under the PTA, and the establishment of the transitional mechanisms for truth, reconciliation, justice and reparations were also discussed.

Sri Lanka also provided updates on the process of drawing up the new Constitution.

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