July 2, 2007 (LBO) – The UK mission in Colombo will become more involved in Sri Lanka’s peace process after being asked represent the European Union’s Presidency in the country, the British High Commission said Monday. The rotating EU presidency has shifted to Portugal took over the EU presidency, but the country does not have an embassy in Sri Lanka.
“As the European Union is one of the œCo-chairs of the Sri Lankan Peace Process, the British High Commission will play an enhanced role in the Co-Chairs’ work and in representing the collective views of EU member states to the government of Sri Lanka,” the High Commission said.
“The EU Presidency in Sri Lanka is responsible for coordinating the views of EU missions and their input into the formation of the European Union’s external relations and foreign and security policies.”
The EU Presidency rotates every six months among member states.