Meaningful engagement with OISL central to UK support for Sri Lanka – UK Prime Minister

Prime Minister David Cameron told President Maithripala Sirisena that meaningful engagement with the OHCHR Investigation in Sri Lanka is central to continued support from the UK, at the first meeting between the two leaders in London earlier today.

A Downing Street spokesperson said they discussed President Sirisena’s “clear plans to build lasting reconciliation across Sri Lanka, both through supporting the ongoing UN investigation and by establishing an internal mechanism to address issues from Sri Lanka’s past”.

Mr Sirisena informed the prime minister of measures the government had already commenced in the first two months, “including rebuilding confidence in the judicial system by restoring its independence, identifying land to return to the Tamils in the North of the island and replacing military provincial governors with civilian ones”, steps which were welcomed by Mr Cameron, who underlined that “continuing this record of action was essential.”

Cameron Sirisena 4“The PM welcomed the steps the President had taken so far and his commitment to helping Sri Lanka to realise its enormous potential. He reiterated that meaningful engagement with the ongoing UN process ahead of its report in September is central to the UK’s continued support for Sri Lanka,” the spokesperson further said.

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