Minister stresses the need to continue dialogue on GSP+
Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has said greater
understanding of the respective positions and the need to
continue to engage in a dialogue was achieved, through his
interactions in Brussels aimed at supporting Sri Lanka’s
continued retention of the GSP+ facility with the relevant
European Commissioners. He said while Sri Lanka would not agree
to subject itself to any intrusion of its sovereignty, it was
ready for continued engagement and dialogue on any concerns the
EU might have with regard to Sri Lanka benefiting from this
The Foreign Minister made these observations during a question
and answer session that followed an address to members of the
European Parliament, hosted by the ‘Friends of Sri Lanka’ Group.
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and EU Ravinatha
Aryasinha, Secretary, Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms Suhada
Gamlath, Commissioner General of Essential Services S.B.
Divaratna, Dr. Rohan Perera, Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs on International Legal Affairs and Chair of the
Committee developing the National Human Rights Action Plan, and
Kshenuka Senewiratne, DG/Europe and CIS, were also associated
with the Minister in the discussion.
Minister Bogollagama also met with the President of the European
Parliament Gert Pottering.