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OMP consultations commences in Mannar tomorrow

The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) is launching a series of regional-level consultations,  commencing in Mannar on Saturday, 12th May 2018. The consultations are a vital step in the process to operationalise the functions of the OMP in its search for missing and disappeared persons.

Consultations will be held with the families of missing and disappeared persons, activists, professionals and organisations working on the issue. In the coming weeks, the OMP will visit Matara, Trincomalee, Mulaitivu, Kandy, Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Batticaloa and Ampara in a first phase of visits. The purpose of these meetings will be to share the OMP’s organisational plan and strategies, as they currently stand, in order to hear public views and incorporate suggestions on measures and processes. The plans thus far attempt to build on the lessons learned and recommendations from previous commissions and the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms process.

The OMP understands the urgency and frustration of the families and individuals who have been searching for their loved ones over a number of years, but respectfully requests their patience to ensure vital processes are put in place in order to ensure an effective response and to avoid ad hoc measures. These consultations mark the start of the outreach process of the OMP and are a positive indication that the search for missing and disappeared persons is underway

Source.https:www.news.lk/news/business/item/20491-omp-consultations-commences-in-mannar-tomorrow

 

Statement on the Inter-Korea Summit on 27 April 2018

Sri Lanka welcomes the Inter-Korea Summit between the leaders of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 27 April 2018 and the adoption of the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula.

We look forward to the implementation of the important commitments and agreed actions outlined in the Declaration aimed at progressing through dialogue, diplomacy and trust-building towards achieving sustainable peace and prosperity, and verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

We also look forward to the consolidation and advancement of the gains at the Panmunjom Summit at the Summit between the two leaders of the United States of America and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that is expected to take place on 12 June 2018 in Singapore.

 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

11 May 2018

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Sri Lanka Participates at SIAL Canada 2018 Food and Beverage Sector International Exhibition in Montreal

 

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Sri Lanka participated at the SIAL Canada 2018 - Food and Beverage Sector International Exhibition, which is one of world’s most popular professional food and beverage sector exhibitions. SIAL Canada is visited by several thousand buyers, buying agents, importers, food sector distributors, experts, wholesalers and retailers.

Read more: Sri Lanka Participates at SIAL Canada 2018 Food and Beverage Sector International Exhibition in Montreal

 
 
 

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivica Dačić visits Sri Lanka: both sides agree to explore avenues to enhance trade and business ties as well as people-to-people cooperation

 

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First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dačić concluded a two day official visit to Sri Lanka today.

Read more: First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivica Dačić visits Sri Lanka: both sides agree to explore avenues to enhance trade and business ties as well as people-to-people cooperation

   

Participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, President Sirisena highlighted Sri Lanka’s blue-green growth strategy for sustainable development

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President Maithripala Sirisena represented Sri Lanka at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and participated in connected meetings and events in London from 16 to 21 April 2018. The formal Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting consists of the pre-meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the formal meeting of the Heads of Government and the Leaders Retreat. President Sirisena was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana.

Read more: Participating in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, President Sirisena highlighted Sri Lanka’s blue-green growth strategy for sustainable development

   

Death of Ms. Renuka B. Amarasinghe, a Sri Lankan Origin Canadian Citizen

Ms. Renuka B. Amarasinghe, a Sri Lankan origin Canadian citizen was among the 10 victims who passed away due to the van attack on pedestrians that took place in North Toronto on 23rd April 2018 at 1.30 p.m., Eastern Time, as per media reports.

Though it is yet to be officially confirmed by Canadian authorities, the Sri Lankan community is aware of the death of Ms. Amarasinghe, who is a mother of a 7-year old boy.

At a meeting held last evening, at the Toronto Maha Vihara under the patronage of Ven. Ahangama Rathanasiri Thero, the Chief Incumbent of the Vihara, which was attended by Consul General of Sri Lanka in Toronto and Consulate officials, it was decided that funeral arrangements will be organized, with assistance of the Sri Lankan community once the official formalities are completed.  An update from concerned Canadian authorities is awaited.

The Consulate General is in constant contact with relevant authorities and members of the community and is extending all possible assistance.

 

Consulate General of Sri Lanka

Toronto

 25th April 2018

   

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana attends the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), 17 -18 April 2018

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana, attended the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), which commenced under the patronage of Federal Foreign Office and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany on Tuesday 16 April 2018.

Read more: Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana attends the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD), 17 -18 April 2018

   

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