Sunil C. Perera in Colombo
A delegation of senior officials from the European Union (EU) called "Troika" is made up of representatives from the current Presidency of the European Union (Slovenia), the future presidency of the European Union (France), the European Commission and the Council of Ministersled by Mr Janez Premoze, Asia Director in the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited Sri Lanka, to discuss EU concerns at the current situation in the country. The team said the EU and Sri Lanka have deep, long-standing relations, covering economic, and trade, political and cultural matters. The EU is committed to maintaining these, and welcomes the opportunity provided by this visit for open and frank discussions. Speaking to media in Colombo on Tuesday the team said the EU welcomes such steps as have been taken towards a politically sustainable devolution plan for Sri Lanka. Having taken note of the interim proposal from the APRC, the EU looks forward to an ambitious final proposal in the coming months.