The Colombo diplomatic circles are wondering what comes next after the hard hitting letter from United States Senator Chris Van Hollen.
Chris has written to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena that he is concerned about the President’s decision to remove legitimate prime minister and the subsequent rejection of two no-confidence motions.
The Senator has candidly expressed his disappointment to the Presidient.
Senator Van Hollen wrote:
‘The actions taken during the last few weeks, however, put at risk the rule of law and democracy in Sri Lanka. The decision to oust the sitting prime minister, suspend the parliament, attempt to hold snap elections, and reject the votes of Sri Lanka’s democratically-elected representatives could also threaten the progress made in strengthening our bilateral relationship. I respectfully urge you to seek an end to this impasse in a manner consistent with the Sri Lankan constitution, the democratic process, and the rule of law.”S
Senator Van Hollen lived in Sri Lanka when his father, Chris Van Hollen Sr., served as U.S. Ambassador to the country. He is also the former co-chair of the Sri Lanka Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.