John Rankin, the British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, made this comment at an event hosted to mark the birthday of her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II. British High Commissioner to Colombo John Rankin said that as Commonwealth Members, Sri Lanka and the UK have both committed to the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter which includes commitment to democracy, respect for human rights and rule of law, commitment to sustainable development, good governance and gender equality.
Rankin also noted that following the Summit in London last week co-hosted by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, UK also continue to encourage Sri Lanka to endorse the Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and to ensure that there is no impunity for acts of sexual violence in conflict in Sri Lanka as elsewhere.
And together with our colleagues in the European Union we reiterate our concern over the recent outbreak of communal violence which has resulted in the loss of lives in Sri Lanka and trust that clear steps will be taken to deter incitement, protect communities and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. We welcome the Government’s assurances to that effect. We say all this as a friend of Sri Lanka.
We believe that by such steps, Sri Lanka will enhance its stability, prosperity and reach its full potential,” Rankin said at an event to mark the birthday of the Queen.
Rankin said that in his remaining time as British High Commissioner, he looks forward to engaging further with the Government and people of Sri Lanka on several issue.