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Sri Lankan Community in Toronto Celebrates Deepavali

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The Sri Lankan Community in the Greater Toronto Area organized an event, in co-ordination with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka, to celebrate the Deepavali Festival, bringing the Sri Lankan community together on 30th October 2016 at the Periya Sivan Temple Hall, in Scarborough. 

Read more: Sri Lankan Community in Toronto Celebrates Deepavali

 

Economic Policy Statement made by Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, in Parliament, on October 26, 2016

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With regard to the current state of the economy and the Way Ahead, I would like to recall the speech I made in the House on the 05th of November 2015.

We can once again become the resplendent nation we were under Manawamma and Parakramabahu. But it is a path that must be pursued with determination, commitment and patience. Only then can we create the country that we can confidently pass on to the future generations.

 Read Full text of the Statement in English.pdf and Sinhala.pdf.

 

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Chairs IPU Emergency Session on Syria and holds bilateral meetings on the side lines of the Assembly

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Hon. Karu Jayasuriya, Speaker of the Parliament, attending the 135th Session of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly in Geneva, was invited to chair the emergency session on Syria called by the IPU Assembly on 25th October.  The Session had before it a Resolution titled “The war and the severe humanitarian situation in Syria, particularly in Aleppo” presented by Germany and Mexico. Pursuant to the General Debate, a Drafting Committee was mandated to discuss and present the finalized Resolution on 27th October 2016, for the consideration of the IPU Assembly.

Read more: Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Chairs IPU Emergency Session on Syria and holds bilateral meetings on the side lines of the Assembly

 

Deepavali Greetings from Consulate General of Sri Lanka -Toronto

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Sri Lanka Statement at Interactive Debate at Ministerial Meeting at XVII NAM Summit

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XVII Summit of the Heads of State and Government

of the Non- Aligned Movement

Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe

Minister of Skills Development & Vocational Training

Interactive Debate on

“Peace, Sovereignty and Solidarity for Development”

Her Excellency Delcy Eloína Rodríguez Gómez, Minister of the Peoples’ Power for Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and

Chair of the Ministerial Meeting of the Non Aligned Movement,

Your Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

It gives me great pleasure to warmly congratulate you Madam Chair, on your assumption as Chair of the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement and thank you, and through you, the Government of Venezuela for the excellent arrangements and hospitality extended to me and my delegation. Sri Lanka will continue to extend to extend its fullest cooperation in the conduct of the Movement’s programme of work.

Read more: Sri Lanka Statement at Interactive Debate at Ministerial Meeting at XVII NAM Summit

 

Address by President Maithripala Sirisena at the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

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ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජනාධිපති අතිගරු මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මැතිතුමන් විසින් එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මහා මණ්ඩලයේ 71 වැනි සැසිවාරය අමතා කරන ලද කථාව

2016 සැප්තැම්බර් මස 21 වැනිදා - නිව්යෝර්ක්

සුබ සන්ධ්‍යාවක් !

ඔබ සියලු දෙනාටම තෙරුවන් සරණයි!

ආයුබෝවන්!

වනක්කම් !

අස්ලාම් අලෙයිකුම්!

එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ 71 වැනි සමුළුවට, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජනාධිපතිවරයා විදිහට සහභාගී වීමට ලැබීම මා ඉතාමත්ම සතුටට පත්වෙන අවස්ථාවක්.  ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ නව පරිවර්තනීය යුගයක් ආරම්භ කරමින් ගෙවීගිය මාස විස්සක පමණ කාල සීමාව, අවශ්‍ය දේශපාලන, ආර්ථික ප්‍රතිසංස්කරණ සඳහා අපි මූලිකත්වය දී තිබෙනවා.  විශේෂයෙන්ම, මගේ රජය බලයට පත්වීමට පෙර, ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තුළ තිබූ බියෙන් සහ සැකයෙන් ජීවත්වීමේ සමාජ පසුබිම ඉවත් කරමින්, සතුටින්, නිදහසේ, ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී සමාජයක ජීවත්වන ජනතාවක් සඳහා අවශ්‍ය මූලික පදනම සකස් කරමින්,  ඒ කටයුතු ශක්තිමත් කර තිබෙනවා.  මගේ රජයේ අරමුණ, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජීවත්වන සියලු ජනතාව, ලෝකයේ ඉතාමත්ම සතුටින් ජීවත්වන රටවල් අතරින් එක් රටක් බවට පත් කිරීමයි.  ඒ නිසා නිදහස් ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය තහවුරු කිරීමත්, ආර්ථික සමෘද්ධිය ඇති කිරීමත් තුළ, ප්‍රධාන වශයෙන් ලෝකයේ ශක්තිමත් ප්‍රබුද්ධ ජනතාවක් බවට පත් කිරීම මගේ රජයේ ප්‍රධාන අරමුණක් සහ අභිප්‍රායක්.  ඒ වගේම දුගී භාවය අද මුලු ලෝකය පුරාම තිබෙන බරපතල අභියෝගයක් බැවින්  2017 ලබන වර්ෂය,  ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ දුගීභාවයෙන් නිදහස් වීමේ වර්ෂය ලෙස නම් කර තිබෙනවා.  ආර්ථික සංවර්ධනය මුල් කරගත් රටක, ජනතාවගේ සියලු ප්‍රශ්න විසඳීම සඳහා අවශ්‍ය මූලික  පහසුකම් සකස් කිරීමේ කාර්යයට,  ඒ අනුව මා ප්‍රමුඛත්වය දී තිබෙනවා.

Read more: Address by President Maithripala Sirisena at the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

   

Pledging Conference for the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund New York, 21st September 2016

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Sri Lanka co-hosted a Pledging Conference to Refinance the Secretary General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF).held on 21st September 2016 at the UN Headquarters in New York on the sidelines of the 71st sessions of the United Nations General Assembly.  Sri Lanka together with Kenya, Mexico, The Netherlands, Somalia, Sweden, Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom co- hosted the event. The conference was able to generate pledges from thirty countries amounting to a sum of US Dollars 152 million to support UN peacebuilding efforts across the globe. Foreign Minister Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, chaired one segement of the conference and delivered closing remarks on behalf of the co hosts. In his national statement delivered at the conference Hon. Mangala Samaraweera said that since the creation of the Fund in 2006, it had come to the assistance of many countries emerging from conflict. Sri Lanka, he noted, has been working closely with the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) since the Presidential Elections of January 2015, when the Government prioritized reconciliation and development as twin agendas to be pursued in guiding the nation towards durable peace.  He pointed out that last year, Sri Lanka was declared by the UN Secretary-General as a country eligible to receive support from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund. In his closing remarks on behalf of the co hosts, Minister Samaraweera said that due to the cooperation of member states, the Fund will be able to continue to support critical projects in countries emerging from years of violent conflict, like Colombia, and in other countries where peace is fragile and needs to be sustained, such as in Mali, Somalia and Sri Lanka. “We are also emboldened by the fact that so many of you pledged, making the Peacebuilding Fund one of the most broadly supported funds in the UN system, “ the Minister further said.

The full text of the Statement made by Minister Samaraweera is follows:

Read more: Pledging Conference for the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund New York, 21st September 2016

   

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera represents Sri Lanka at the Our Ocean Conference 2016

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Participating at the Our Ocean Conference 2016, at the invitation of the US Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, on 15 September, outlined several commitments by Sri Lanka to protect oceans around Sri Lanka and beyond. 

Read more: Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera represents Sri Lanka at the Our Ocean Conference 2016

   

Sri Lanka Statement by Special Envoy of President at XVII NAM Summit

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XVII Summit of the Heads of State and Government

of the Non Aligned Movement

Statement by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe

Minister of Skills Development and Vocational Training &

Special Envoy of President Maithripala Sirisena 

Margarita Island, Venezuela. 18 September 2016

Your Excellency Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement

Your Excellencies,

Distinguished Delegates,

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

Let me take this opportunity, on behalf of President Maithripala Sirisena and the people of Sri Lanka, to extend my warm felicitations to Your Excellency on your election as Chair of the Non-Aligned Movement. It is my firm belief that under your able stewardship our Movement will be further strengthened in the years ahead.

Read more: Sri Lanka Statement by Special Envoy of President at XVII NAM Summit

   

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