Deputy Foreign Minister in Brussels says tide of support for Lanka is “rising”
Resolution against granting Lanka GSP+ needs 376 votes to carry
By Dharisha Bastians
The Government yesterday said it was confident that an eleventh hour objection to granting Sri Lanka the GSP+ trade concessions would not carry, as a resolution opposing the country’s bid is put to a vote in the European Parliament in Brussels today.
“The tide is rising,” tweeted Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha De Silva, who is in the EU capital for talks with Members of the European Parliament ahead of today’s vote and the mid-May approval deadline.
Dr. De Silva, who is also on a study tour in Brussels in his capacity as a member of the parliamentary oversight committees COPE and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) told Daily FT that in his meetings with a wide range of MEPs, he had made “technical, political and economic arguments” to address areas of concern. “I had meetings with most of the key members who are opposing the granting of GSP+ to Sri Lanka,” Dr. Harsha told Daily FT from Brussels. “I am absolutely confident we will make it through the vote.”
The vote is scheduled any time after 3.00 p.m. local time, which is 11.30 a.m. in Brussels.
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