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Empathy of outlook, objectivity of judgment is Sri Lanka’s expectation from the west –Prof. Peiris in address to leading think tank in France

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Sri Lanka, a proud and accomplished nation, has the courage of its convictions, and is prepared to engage with the  world in respect of all  aspects of its current experience, Professor G.L.Peiris, Minister of External Affairs,  said in Paris just before his meeting with Alain Juppé, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs  of the French Republic.

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C'wealth offers to help in SL's reconciliation efforts

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The Commonwealth has offered its good offices to help the Sri Lankan government in the reconciliation process in the country following the end of a three-decade ethnic conflict in May 2009.

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Progress of National Action Plan on HR to UNHCR

The government yesterday(October 06) announced that a new National Action Plan approved by the Cabinet for the protection and promotion of Human Rights would assist to achieve reconciliation among the communities while not allowing the terrorism to resurface.

Read more: Progress of National Action Plan on HR to UNHCR

 

The might of powerful nations cannot prevail against justice and fair play – President at UNGA

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“Deeply mindful that the battle for peace I every bit as important and difficult as the struggle against terror”

Read more: The might of powerful nations cannot prevail against justice and fair play – President at UNGA

 

Minister Peiris calls on the international community to distinguish political agendas from genuine expressions of concern in the propaganda campaign carried out against Sri Lanka

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The recent spate of unsubstantiated allegations on the last few days of the conflict levelled at the Government of Sri Lanka, need to be examined in terms of the political agenda behind such propaganda and distinguished from the genuine expressions of concern on humanitarian issues, observed External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris in his keynote address at the launch of the publication by the Ministry of Defence entitled “Humanitarian Operation: Factual Analysis – July 2006-May 2009” on 1st August. Elaborating he stated that the task of analysing where the political agendas end and norms of human rights begin has now become more crucial and this issue deserves to be judged dispassionately, without prejudice and bias. The External Affairs Minister recalled an observation made by the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson on the Goldstone Report on the Gaza issue, that it was guided “not by human rights but by politics”.

Read more: Minister Peiris calls on the international community to distinguish political agendas from genuine expressions of concern in the propaganda campaign carried out against Sri Lanka

 

Sri Lanka counters C4: ‘Lies Agreed Upon’

 

A report compiled by the Ministry of Defence titled "Humanitarian Operation - Factual Analysis : July 2006 - May 2009" was released at an official function held at the Hilton Hotel on 2nd of August . Following the release of the report, a video documentary titled " Lies Agreed Upon" was screened depicting the LTTE's brutal acts of terror as well as footages of the humanitarian operation and interviews given by LTTE cadres, Tamil civilians, Government officials served in the conflict areas etc. which aimed at refuting Channel 4 allegations against the Government.

Full Text of Report "Humanitarian Operation: Factual Analysis"

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Travel restrictions lifted for Foreign Passport holders visiting North

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) has lifted travel restrictions hitherto imposed on foreign passport holders, including diplomats, NGOs and INGOs visiting North. For further details please refer websites of the Defence Ministry www.defence.lk and Department of Information www.news.lk

   

New Year Message : Renewal in spirit and expectations - President

We celebrate this New Year at a time when production is progressing rapidly in agriculture and all other areas of development. It is also a time when all enjoy the freedom achieved in our motherland, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

We celebrate this New Year at a time when production is progressing rapidly in agriculture and all other areas of development. It is also a time when all enjoy the freedom achieved in our motherland, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

"Therefore, this New Year will help bring a renewal in spirit and new expectations to the people about future progress," said the President.

Here is the full text of the message :

From ancient days the great cultural festival of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year has brought satisfaction and joy to the vast majority of our people. It is a festival that pays homage to the Sun for the strength given to the land and people and is also the annual harvest festival that echoes the achievements of the rural people.

We celebrate this New Year at a time when production is progressing rapidly in agriculture and all other areas of development. It is also a time when all enjoy the freedom achieved in our motherland. Therefore, this New Year will help bring a renewal in spirit and new expectations to the people about future progress.

The New Year traditions coming down through centuries add to the joy of celebration. We can give this joy to future generations by making our children aware of its importance in our way of life.

We must create every opportunity for our children who cherish the New Year festivities to join in observing the many rituals and traditions that are associated with it. Therefore, to ensure the safety and joy of our children in celebrating this event, I appeal to you all to keep away from all intoxicants during this festive season. I trust this will contribute to bringing its joy closer the children and women of our country.

I extend my deep gratitude to the members of the Armed Forces, Police and Civil Defence Corps, as well as all employees of the State and Private Sector who have made a commitment to be at their posts during the festive season.

I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year !
   

President expresses sympathy on Japan's earthquake and tsunami

President Mahinda Rajapaksa, in a message to Emperor of Japan, Akihito expressed sympathy on the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan today (11) and stated, ‘we pray for solace for those affected by the disaster and for the rapid recovery of the Japanese people and nation’.

Japan is a very close and dear friend of Sri Lanka. At this moment of challenge, our thoughts are with Your Majesty and your people, he said.

Following is the full text of the message :

Along with the rest of the globe, the people of Sri Lanka and I have been watching with sorrow and anguish the destruction brought about in Japan by the earthquake followed by a tsunami.

We are aware that due to their nation being located in an area of the world especially vulnerable to this kind of natural phenomenon, the Japanese authorities have taken the maximum measures to prepare for and mitigate the consequences of such a disaster. We also know that the Japanese people possess incredible resilience and courage, which has enabled them to overcome always the greatest of destruction and continue on the path of national progress.

Japan is a very close and dear friend of Sri Lanka. At this moment of challenge, our thoughts are with Your Majesty and your people. We pray for solace for those affected by the disaster and for the rapid recovery of the Japanese people and nation.

Please accept, Your Majesty, the assurances of my highest consideration.
Policy Research and Information Unit (PRIU)
Presidential Secretariat
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