The international community could also play a positive role in Sri Lanka’s progress toward reconciliation. Sri Lanka’s relations with the United States and Europe were notoriously bad during the Rajapaksa regime, but the election creates the opportunity for a revision of U.S. and European policies vis-à-vis Sri Lanka.
To help control corruption and promote reconciliation, it may be time to consider relieving some of the pressures on Sri Lanka applied by the United States and Europe. Gradually unfreezing development aid and giving Sri Lanka enhanced trade benefits under the GSP+ trade agreements if Sri Lanka works toward achieving genuine reconciliation and fighting corruption could be steps in the right direction.
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DM (2015, 24 janvier). “What Sri Lanka’s Presidential Election Means for Foreign Policy” by Frederic Grare. SRI LANKA & DIASPORAS. Consulté le 4 mars 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/u8mz