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Amid political turmoil, Sri Lanka risks duty-free trade access to EU

The EU is worried the return of Mahinda Rajapaksa, as PM, could derail progress made towards national reconciliation following a war with ethnic minority

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European Union  |  Mahinda Rajapaksa  |  Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sanjeev Miglani & Shihar Aneez | Reuters  |  Colombo 

The European Union will consider stripping Sri Lanka of its duty-free access if it backs off commitments on rights, the EU ambassador said, amid worries stoked by the president's replacing of the elected premier by a wartime nationalist. The European Union is worried the return of Mahinda Rajapaksa, as prime minister, could derail halting progress made towards national reconciliation following a war with ethnic minority Tamil separatists that killed tens of thousands, many during the final stages under his watch as president. "The government got GSP on the basis of ...

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First Published: Fri, November 02 2018. 12:26 IST
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