Joint communiqué from European Union, UNICEF representative meets Opposition Leader

Thursday, 16 May 2019 - 18:52

The Delegation of the European Union, issued a statement in agreement with the Embassies of France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, and the UK High Commission as well as the embassies of Norway and Switzerland, expressing their concern regarding the recent incident of communal violence that occurred following the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.

While welcoming the arrests made in connection with the violence, they called on the government to ensure that the rule of law is upheld and the law is applied equally to all instigators and perpetrators of communal violence.

The communiqué further noted that clear leadership as well as the rejection of hate and violence are of paramount importance.

Meanwhile, Tim Sutton, the Representative for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Sri Lanka and several other officials met opposition leader Mahinda Rajapakshe at his residence in Wijerama yesterday.

Sutton had spoken to the opposition leader about the drop in attendance among students at schools.

The opposition leader stated that the government should work towards gaining the trust and confidence of the parents and students, as the country’s security situation has returned to normalcy.

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