Sri Lanka gets backing for GSP+ at EU parliament
ECONOMYNEXT – A resolution against granting GSP+ trade preferences to Sri Lanka was defeated by 436 to 119 votes at the European Union parliament.
"This is a huge vote of confidence for Sri Lanka from the international community," Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva said.
"It is fulfilling an important election promise domestically. While it is a reward for the government, it is also a responsibility. We must deliver on our promises to further improve our record on human rights and the rule of law.
"The cabinet approval for the new counter terrorism legislation certainly helped to thwart the last minute attempt to block us from getting the concession, but the more up-to-date piece of legislation has the right balance between internationally defined terrorism and the protection of rights of individuals.
"Overall, our promise to the people has always been stronger democracy, better governance, better rule of law and better protection of individual rights."