Canada seeks power devolution

Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird'sThe Canadian Government says it will continue to encourage progress in the devolution of power, accountability and genuine reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said that it is Canada’s hope that President Maithripala Sirisena fulfills the mandate given to him by the people of Sri Lanka to foster a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government

He also welcomed the reinstatement of Shirani Bandaranayake as Chief Justice of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court and recalled that in January 2013, at the time of the Chief Justice’s impeachment, he had expressed deep concern about the opaque and politicized nature of her impeachment, an action that severely undermined the legitimacy of the rule of law in Sri Lanka.

“We also welcome the recent appointment of a civilian, H.M.G.S. Palihakkara, to replace a retiring senior military commander as governor of the predominantly Tamil Northern Province. Following the successful elections earlier this month, it is our hope that President Maithripala Sirisena fulfills the mandate given to him by the people of Sri Lanka to foster a transparent, responsive and pluralistic government. Canada will continue to encourage progress in the devolution of power, accountability and genuine reconciliation,” he added. (Colombo Gazette)