Wigi, Swire discuss situ in Jaffna

wikneswaranNorthern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran and British Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire met in Jaffna today and discussed the situation in the north.

Wigneswaran said that at the meeting, the issue over the military presence in the north including on private land being occupied by the army, was discussed.

At the meeting Wigneswaran had said that the Tamils were concerned over comments made by the new Government that the army will not be immediately withdrawn from the north.

Wigneswaran and Swire had also discussed the March session of the UN Human Rights Council where a report on Sri Lanka is to be submitted.

Swire, who arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday, is paying a second visit to Sri Lanka which comes shortly after the formation of a new government.

As part of a broad visit Swire will call on senior ministers including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss the new government’s reform programme and areas of potential co-operation.

“I am delighted to be visiting Sri Lanka again so soon after the recent elections, and welcome the early progress made by President Sirisena towards a more democratic and accountable government,” Swire said with regards to his upcoming visit.

He said that it is encouraging to see such a renewed desire for peace and reconciliation following past instability and the UK will do all it can to support Sri Lanka as it moves towards a brighter future.

Britain has been very vocal on human rights concerns over Sri Lanka and had co-sponsored the resolution at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last March calling for an international investigation on the war in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)