Sri Lanka regrets removal of Ukrainian president

Colombo, March 13: The Sri Lankan government Wednesday expressed regret over Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych’s removal.

In keeping with Sri Lanka’s consistent policy of recognizing democratically- elected heads of state, the unconstitutional removal of President Viktor Yanukovych from office is regretted, and has aggravated the present political uncertainty in Ukraine, Xinhua quoted an external ministry statement as saying.

“While acknowledging the justifiable concerns of the Russian Federation, Sri Lanka also welcomed attempts at de-escalating the tension,” it said.

Sri Lanka is confident that the parties concerned would be able to resolve the issues arising out of the recent developments, through a legitimate democratic process, enabling harmonious co-existence of the people of Ukraine, it added.

–Indo-Asian News Serice

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