EU condemns outbreak of communal violence

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The EU Delegation has expressed alarm about the recent violence perpetrated against the Muslim community. “We condemn the outbreak of communal violence which resulted in the loss of lives and extensive damage to property in the Kalutara District,” the EU Delegation in Colombo said in a statement yesterday. The EU said their thoughts were with the families of the deceased and those affected by the violence. “We welcome the Sri Lankan Government’s assurance that it will investigate and bring to book those responsible for these incidents,” the statement said. “Incitement of communal violence and hatred can only be counterproductive to Sri Lanka’s stability. We urge the Sri Lankan Government to ensure that the rule of law is upheld. We call on all Sri Lankans to exercise restraint, respect diversity and refrain from violence, working together to achieve reconciliation,” it added. The delegation said the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Colombo and the Embassy of Switzerland in Colombo aligned themselves to the statement.