CANADA WELCOMES SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION OF SRI
LANKA’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
Foreign Affairs Minister Pierre Pettigrew today welcomed the successful
conclusion of elections for the President of Sri Lanka. The elections took place on
November 17, 2005.
“The Government of Canada congratulates Sri Lankans on the election of a new
President and is encouraged that, in most parts of the country, people were able
to vote in high numbers. However, Canada expresses disappointment in the
boycott that was called by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), and the
use of violence and intimidation to prevent the participation of Sri Lankans,
particularly Tamils and Muslims, in areas controlled by the LTTE.”
Mr. Pettigrew also reinforced Canada’s willingness to assist in the peace process
and called upon President Rajapaksa and his government to continue to pursue a
peaceful, politically negotiated solution to the country’s civil war.
[Full Text of Press Release issued by Political and Public Affairs, Canadian High Commission, Colombo]