Government committed to safeguard independence of judiciary – Justice Minister

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Sri Lanka’s unity government is committed to protect the independence of the judiciary by implementing the necessary legal reforms and rule of law, Minister of Justice Thalatha Athukorala says.

The Minister of Justice and Foreign Employment Thalatha Athukorala made this claim when EU Ambassador and Delegation Head for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Tung-Lai Margue called on the Minister at the Ministry today.

During the meeting discussions were focused on the GSP PLUS concession to Sri Lanka and on the government’s program to bring necessary legal reforms to ensure the independence of judiciary and to the laws of the present government and to bring about legal reforms to respect the rule of law.
The EU ambassador appreciated the work that is being done by the government to safeguard religious and national reconciliation among communities.

The Minister said the government extends its appreciation for the assistance given by the European Union to restore the GSP+ facility and the Ministry of Justice has already taken measures to pass a number of regulations to implement the necessary legal reforms protecting the identity of Sri Lanka.

She further stated that the GSP+ concession is a strength to take Sri Lanka’s economy forward.

Discussions also focused on providing training facilities for lawyers and judges of the country and the EU Ambassador expressed willingness to support the initiative.

Ambassador Margue said the necessary arrangements are being made to provide the assistance needed for national reconciliation and economic and infrastructure development of Sri Lanka.

The Secretary to the Ministry of Justice Padmasiri Jayamanna and Additional Secretary (Law) Piyumanthi Peiris were also present during the discussion.

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