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Deepavali Celebrated in Canada amidst attempts to disrupt the event

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The Sri Lanka High Commission in Ottawa, Canada and the Consul General’s Office in Toronto in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Tamil Community, for the second time, organised a colourful event to celebrate the Deepavali festival 2011 on Sunday 6th November at the Korean Cultural Centre in Toronto.

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Sri Lanka awaits to welcome you - President tells CHOGM leaders

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My country and my people who are experiencing economic revival, peace and tranquility throughout the country after many decades look forward to welcoming all of you to Colombo in 2013 President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

Addressing the concluding session of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth today President Rajapaksa said that CHOGM comes to Asia after 22 years, last being in Malaysia. "I have no doubt that all my Asian colleagues will, in 2013, join me and the people of Sri Lanka in welcoming you to our region, which is home to over two thirds of the population of the Commonwealth, to deliberate on all issues in which we are collectively interested", he said.

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Deepavali provides opportunity for greater understanding and harmony among communities - President

Mr.president_imgIn Sri Lanka today, Deepavali and its light of hope provide the opportunity for greater understanding among communities, increased harmony among peoples and the shedding of differences that have kept people apart for a long period, says President Mahinda Rajapaksa in his Deepavali Message.

“Victory of good over evil, the shedding of light over darkness and the triumph of knowledge over ignorance are the eternal quest of humankind. Deepavali, known as the Festival of Light is the expression of the spiritual richness of people as it marks the progress made in the constant struggle for a better life with all the above achievements, in keeping with the great spiritual values of Hindus”, he further adds.

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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.

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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”

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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”.

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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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