Monday, November 17, 2008

Danish Government asked not to mix up GSP + as a punitive measure with Human Rights issues

Copenhagen, 17 November, (

Ambassador Ranjith Jayasooriya requested the Former Danish Foreign Minister, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, MP, Social Democrats, not to use the Preferential Trading Mechanism as a punitive mesure to block the extention of the GSP Plus EU Agreement mixing with Human Rights issues.

The Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, MP has recently asked the present Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Per Stig Moller about the Danish position in regard of the Sri Lankan conflict, asking if the Danish Government, alone or in co-operation with the Nordic countries or EU, intended to make pressure on the Sri Lankan Government to stop the war and to prevent the violation on the human rights. The present Minister of Foreign affairs has in his answer made it clear, that the Danish Government is ready to exert pressure on the EU and if needed to take up the GSP Plus negotiation in this regard to put pressure on the Sri Lankan Government. Full Text