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* Commonwealth deeply disappointed over dismissal of Sri Lanka's Chief Justice
Mon, Jan 14, 2013, 08:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 14, Colombo: The Commonwealth has expressed its "deep disappointment" at the dismissal of the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka.

In a statement issued Sunday Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma recalling his earlier statements, in particular his statement following the decision by Parliament on 11 January to impeach the Chief Justice, expressed his disappointment over Sri Lankan President's decision to sack the top judge.

In his earlier statement, Sharma urged the Executive to pause and reflect carefully on the constitutional ramifications of the differing positions taken by the country’s Judiciary and Legislature.

Reiterating the Commonwealth's profound collective concern at the recent developments and noting the deep divisions this had caused in Sri Lanka, the Secretary-General has said, that "the dismissal of the Chief Justice will be widely seen, against the background of the divergence between the Judiciary and the Legislature, as running counter to the independence of the judiciary, which is a core Commonwealth value."

"I have been in touch over recent days with the Government of Sri Lanka at the highest levels and had offered Commonwealth assistance to find a way forward from the constitutional impasse. I will continue to remain engaged with the Sri Lankan Government following today's developments. I will also consider further Commonwealth initiatives and responses as are envisaged in situations that could be perceived to constitute violations of core Commonwealth values and principles," he has said.

The statement also said that the Secretary-General will be visiting Sri Lanka next month.

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