7:11 AM

Lanka-UK talks on GSP plus

Lord Mark Malloch Brown, Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the UK told Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama that his Government was sensitive to the issue of the extension of the GSP + and expressed hope that this preferential trading facility would be extended and outlined the areas which need to be addressed.

The two ministers met at the Minister Bogollagama’s official residence. Bogollagama highlighted the vital role of the GSP + facility as a mechanism to spread the development effort countrywide, especially in the Eastern Province.

Lord Brown visited Trincomalee prior to his meeting with Bogollagama. He acknowledged the achievements of the Sri Lankan Government in the field of human rights.

The two ministers also discussed Sri Lanka’s concerns on LTTE fund raising and propaganda activities in the UK. Bogollagama thanked the British Government for curbing LTTE activities and noted the ongoing legal process in respect of LTTE suspects who are under arrest.. Lord Brown’s attention was also drawn to the activities of the LTTE’s front organizations operating in the UK