Jan 13, 2013 (LBO) – Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has urged Sri Lanka’s ruling administration to “pause” a controversial impeachment of the Chief Justice saying the organization profoundly concerned. “The impeachment of a Chief Justice is a very serious matter. In this particular case, it has called into question aspects of the Constitution of Sri Lanka,” Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said.

“The Commonwealth, collectively, is profoundly concerned about this situation.

“I strongly urge that time be taken to reflect and consider fully the constitutional and other ramifications of the differing positions taken by the Judiciary and Legislature before any decision is taken by the Executive on the impeachment of the Chief Justice.

“I have been in touch with the Sri Lankan Government at the highest levels to offer Commonwealth assistance to find a way forward.

“I recognise that this is a matter for Sri Lanka, but am also conscious of our shared Commonwealth values and principles, to which Sri Lanka and all member governments have subscribed,” the Secretary-General said.