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Canada and Sri Lanka Reinvigorate Relations

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Stéphane Dion, paid an official visit to Sri Lanka on 28 and 29 July. 

This official visit of a Foreign Minister of Canada to Sri Lanka took place after 13 years. 

Minister Dion called on President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan during his visit; and met with a group of Parliamentarians of the Steering Committee on Constitutional Reform. 

Read more: Canada and Sri Lanka Reinvigorate Relations

 

Remarks to Media by Mangala Samaraweera Minister of Foreign Affairs following bilateral talks with H.E. Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

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Remarks to Media by Mangala Samaraweera Minister of Foreign Affairs following bilateral talks with H.E. Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 28 July 2016

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is both an honour and enormous pleasure for me to welcome Honourable Stéphan Dion, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, to Sri Lanka. 

Read more: Remarks to Media by Mangala Samaraweera Minister of Foreign Affairs following bilateral talks with H.E. Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

 

CALLING FOR SUBMISSIONS ON RECONCILIATION MECHANISMS

The Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms is calling for submissions from diaspora organisations on the design of structures, processes and measures for truth, accountability, reparations and non-recurrence, i.e. an Office on Missing Persons, an Office on Reparations; a Judicial Mechanism with a Special Counsel; a Truth, Justice, Reconciliation and Non-Recurrence Commission; and any other mechanisms, processes or measures for advancing reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

Submissions can be made to the Task Force by diaspora organisations/ individuals until August 10th, 2016.

Please see announcement :

in Sinhala

in Tamil and

in English.

For Background Information: Please Click

 

Opportunities of Convergence Speech at the South Asian Diaspora Convention by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister of Sri Lanka On Monday 18th July 2016

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Opportunities of Convergence

Speech  at the South Asian Diaspora Convention

by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe

Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

On Monday 18th July 2016, in Singapore 

 

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic and Social Policies, Singapore, Ambassador Gopinath Pillai, Chairman, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Distinguished delegates and Friends. 

Read more: Opportunities of Convergence Speech at the South Asian Diaspora Convention by Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister of Sri Lanka On Monday 18th July 2016

 

Statement by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka at the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, 29 June 2016

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Statement by

Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka

32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Geneva, 29 June 2016

Mr. President

High Commissioner for Human Rights

Excellencies

Distinguished delegates 

At the 30th Session of this Council last October, Sri Lanka, by co-sponsoring the Resolution 30/1, ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka’, broke away from the years of disengagement, self-isolation, and confrontation that preceded the election of President Maithripala Sirisena in January 2015. 

Read more: Statement by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka at the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva, 29 June 2016

 

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera delivers the Opening Address at the Sixth World Congress against the Death Penalty

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Address by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka

6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty 

Despite its widespread use, for millennia the death penalty has caused lingering societal discomfort and unease. Fairly early on in history many enlightened leaders have found the death penalty degrading of human dignity. For example, in ancient Sri Lanka a number of kings - influenced by the Buddha’s teaching - abolished the death penalty. In fact, for much of the first, third, fourth and thirteenth centuries the death penalty was not employed in Sri Lanka. 

Read more: Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera delivers the Opening Address at the Sixth World Congress against the Death Penalty

   

Remarks to Media by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera following discussions with US Asst. Secretaries of State: 12 July 2016

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Remarks to Media by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera

following discussions with US Asst. Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal & US Asst. Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour

Tom Malinowski

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombo. 12 July 2016

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen, 

It is a pleasure to welcome Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski to Sri Lanka and to this Ministry, once again. 

I am sure that by now, both Nisha and Tom are quite familiar to all of you. 

Read more: Remarks to Media by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera following discussions with US Asst. Secretaries of State: 12 July 2016

   

Statement to Media by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs following bilateral talks with H.E. Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China on 8th July 2016 in Colombo

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen,

It has been an honour and a great privilege to welcome to Sri Lanka the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, H.E. Wang Yi. The visit is significant as it is the first high level visit and the first visit by a Foreign Minister of China, following the formation of the National Unity Government in Sri Lanka.

Read more: Statement to Media by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs following bilateral talks with H.E. Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China on 8th July 2016 in Colombo

   

Speech by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, MP at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI) Oslo, 21 June 2016

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ADVANCING RECONCILIATION DIPLOMACY

Speech by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, MP

at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI)

Oslo, 21 June 2016

Ladies and Gentlemen, in fact all of you are aware, that on the 08th of January last year in a historic election, in fact what the world calls the rainbow election of 2015, the people of Sri Lanka voted for change, and for democracy, reconciliation and development, the three pillars on which the Government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Ranil Wickremesinghe are taking the country forward today. In fact on that day, the people of Sri Lanka chose free and fair elections, good governance and the rule of law over authoritarianism and impunity; they chose stability, reconciliation and peace over the politics of fear and hate which had prevailed for many, many years previously.  And they eschewed isolationist crony capitalism for openness to the world and a competitive, transparent rules-based economy.

Read more: Speech by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, MP at the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI) Oslo, 21 June 2016

   

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