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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

EU Parliamentary Delegation Led by Robert Evans Ended Finger Pointing at Sri Lanka Government

Colombo, 23 January, ( EU Parliamentary delegation that visited Sri Lanka in 2008 has ended its blame-game for their inability to visit the East of Sri Lanka in their 'Explanatory Statement.'

Earlier, European Parliamentary Delegation led by MEP Robert Evans visited Sri Lanka in July 2008. They alleged at a press conference in Colombo that the Sri Lankan Government prevented them from visiting the Eastern Province.

But now in an 'explanatory statement' to the Mission’s report tabled on 21 January acknowledged that "it is convinced that both the Mission of Sri Lanka to the EU and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, at various levels, as well as other senior members and representatives of the Government, genuinely deployed every effort to facilitate safe and secure air passage for the Delegation to the East during the July visit".

They added that "it is also convinced that the EC Delegation in Colombo, in the same vein, made a similar and equally conscientious effort to provide logistical support".

The Delegation said "while it deplores the fact this particular aspect of the visit did not materialize, it hopes that these clarifications will help put an unfortunate episode finally behind European Parliament/Sri Lanka Relations".

- Asian Tribune -

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