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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

To be a model embassy providing highest level of quality services and maintain dignity of  Sri Lankan Nation.

To provide excellent services to seekers of assistance and promote friendship and cordiality between Sri Lanka and the State of Kuwait and the two peoples, to promote developmental assistance, trade, tourism, investment, employment and cultural cooperation targeting prosperity of Sri Lanka.

President offers condolences to South Korean counterpart on ferry tragedy

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent a message of condolence to South Korean President Park Geun-hye on the passenger ferry accident that took place off the southern resort island of Jeju yesterday.  In his message, President Rajapaksa, while conveying the heartfelt and profound condolences of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka to his South Korean counterpart, has expressed confidence that with the characteristic courage and fortitude of the Korean people, they will be able to overcome their sorrow.

 
PRESS RELEASE

Order under UNSC Resolution 1373 signed by Minister Peiris

An order, designating persons and entities in terms of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1373 which sets out strategies to combat terrorism and to control terrorist financing has been signed by Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, and will be published in the Government Gazette shortly.  This order is based on the recommendation by the Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Urban Development, as the Competent Authority regarding the identification of persons, groups and entities, believed on reasonable grounds to be committing, attempting to commit, facilitating or participating, in the commission of acts of terrorism.

The substantial effect of an order under this Regulation is that all funds, assets and economic resources belonging to or owned by the designated persons or entities remain frozen until they are removed from the designated list.  Moving, transferring or dealing with frozen assets without the permission of the Competent Authority is prohibited.  In terms of the Regulation, any person who fails to comply with an order to freeze assets is liable to heavy penalties.

 

 

 
Media Release

Health Ministry distributes ambulances to 7 provinces

The Ministry of Health has distributed eighty six (86) brand new ambulances with intensive care facilities to hospitals in seven Provinces in Sri Lanka, namely the Northern, North Central, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Uva and Eastern Provinces. The ambulances were handed over at a ceremony held at the BMICH on 11th March 2014, to mark the current National Health Week (10 - 17 March 2014).

The highest number of ambulances totalling 24 has been allocated to the Northern Province, which have been assigned to the 5 districts in the province as follows - Killinochchi – 7, Mullaitivu – 6, Jaffna – 5, Vavuniya – 3 and Mannar - 3.

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Media Release

PROF PEIRIS  DISCUSSES  COMMONWEALTH PRIORITIES WITH  SECRETARY-GENERAL

Minister of External Affairs Professor  G.L  Peiris,   representing  President  Mahinda  Rajapaksa,  Chair-in-Office  of  the  Commonwealth,  at  the  Commonwealth  Day  celebrations  in  London,  including the  Multi-Faith  Observance  at  Westminster Abbey,  held  discussions with  Mr. Kamalesh  Sharma,  Secretary-General  of  the  Commonwealth,  at  Marlborough  House   in  London  today (11th March 2014).

Minister  Peiris  discussed  with  Secretary-General  Sharma  some  broad  ideas  about  how  the  organisation  could  develop  a  road  map  to  meet  the  expectations  of  the  large  swath  of  humanity  comprising  the  population  of  the  Commonwealth.  He  said  that  he  had  consulted  informally  with  several  colleagues  representing  Commonwealth  countries  regarding  priorities  as  to  projects  and  activities  contemplated  during  the  next  two  years.  He  referred  to  the  many  initiatives  endorsed  by  Commonwealth  Heads  of  Government  at  their  Summit  held  in  Sri  Lanka  in  November  last  year.

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Intervention by Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Geneva, at the first informal meeting called by the sponsors of the

draft resolution on Sri Lanka - 7 March 2014

Excellency,

Anyone unaware of the ground situation in Sri Lanka walking into the Human Rights Council over the past week, or for that matter this room today, could not be blamed for thinking that Sri Lanka is the most troubled place on this planet.

The draft text before you gives one the feeling that the core group presenting this resolution - the USA, UK, Mauritius, Montenegro and Macedonia, should be reminded that Sri Lanka, like many Asian, African and Latin American countries represented here today, emerged from the yoke of colonialism as far back as in 1948. They also conveniently forget that Sri Lanka for nearly 30 years confronted one of the world's most ruthless terrorist organizations, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and that following an almost 3 year long humanitarian operation eventually brought to safety 300,000 innocent civilians who had been held as human shields by the LTTE. Since 19 May 2009 while not a single life has been lost due terrorism, the significant progress made by Sri Lanka, including through the implementation of the National Plan of Action of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, has been detailed in the National Statement made by the Hon. Minister of External Affairs of Sri Lanka last Wednesday.

When juxtaposed with these achievements, the obsession shown by some, in their call for action on Sri Lanka, simply brings out their own sinister motives in relentlessly targeting Sri Lanka, mainly to appease pro-LTTE Tamil constituencies, for collateral electoral political gain. Rather than help Sri Lanka, it clearly hinders the reconciliation process currently underway.

It is against this backdrop that the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) believes that there is no objective or rational reason to justify the call for a third successive resolution on Sri Lanka during the current session of the HRC.

This said, I am here today,  as I do not wish to dismiss the interest taken in Sri Lanka by member and observer states, representatives of international organizations and civil society, irrespective of whether such interest is justified or not. GOSL always has, and continues to remain engaged with all parties seeking a respectful and constructive dialogue on how to move the process of reconciliation in Sri Lanka forward. We hope this spirit of engagement will be reciprocated, and that member and observer states of the HRC will view developments in Sri Lanka with an open mind.

Madam Chair,

It must be borne in mind, that the intention of presenting yet another resolution on Sri Lanka in the Council was made known by the US to the GOSL in January this year, long before the High Commissioner’s Report was available, thus making clear that the process and the intent to do so were led by political imperatives, rather than an objective assessment of the situation on the ground, which as per Council mandate, would have need to base its assessment on the Report of the High Commissioner.

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