US Concern

Jan 11, 2013 (LBO) – The United State embassy in Colombo said it was “deeply concerned” over the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake which was conducted defying a court order. Sri Lanka’s parliament in which the ruling coalition has a two thirds majority, voted 155 for and 49 against in a deeply partisan vote to sack the chief justice Friday. “This impeachment calls into question issues about the separation of powers in Sri Lanka and the impact of its absence on democratic institutions,” the US embassy said in a statement.

“The Embassy is also concerned about accounts of violence during several of the protests. The Embassy calls on all sides to respect the right of peaceful protest, and calls on the government to ensure that non-violent protesters are protected.

“The United States, along with our partners in the international community, continue to urge the Government of Sri Lanka to uphold the rule of law and respect the principles of democratic governance.”