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Introductory Remarks by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture 2016

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Introductory Remarks by Hon. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Chairman

of the Board of Management of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations

and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS)

Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture – 2016

Colombo, 12 August 2016  

It is indeed a great pleasure to welcome a very special guest, Hon. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway to the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies today to deliver the annual Lakshman Kadirgamar memorial lecture, on the very day Sri Lanka lost one of its finest sons to a sniper’s bullet 11 years ago.

Read more: Introductory Remarks by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture 2016

 

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

   

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