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'Deepavali Festival of Light' celebrated in London PDF Print

 

Members of the Sri Lankan community in the UK joined staff members of the Sri Lanka Mission in celebrating Deepavali in the form of a “Festival of Light” at the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London on 23rd October, 2014.

A significant day on the Hindu calendar, Deepavali is widely celebrated

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Annual Pirith Chanting and Almsgiving PDF Print

Annual Pirith Chanting and Almsgiving

 

The High Commission of Sri Lanka

cordially invites

Sri Lankans living in the UK to the


Annual Pirith Chanting Ceremony on Friday, 14th November, 2014

from 7.00pm to 11.00pm

and

Almsgiving (Heel Dana) on Saturday, 15th November, 2014

at 7.00am

At the High Commission premises

to invoke blessings on


His Excellency the President and the people of Sri Lanka


Address: 13, Hyde Park Gardens, London W2 2LU

 

Contact No: 020 262 1841


(Nearest Tube Stations – Lancaster Gate & Paddington)

 

 

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Minister Peiris refutes unfounded allegations against Ministry Secretary PDF Print

The Minister of External Affairs, Prof. G.L. Peiris has strongly rejected malicious news reports appearing in certain sections of the media recently, imputing impropriety on the part of the Secretary to the Ministry, Mrs. Kshenuka Senewiratne in the award of a contract for the renovation of the official residence of Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva.

Issuing a Statement, Minister Peiris has stated that while wrongdoing should not go unpunished, it is important to ensure that officials performing their public duty in good faith are accorded legitimate protection. This is especially so, as public officials have limited opportunity to defend themselves, and unfounded and reckless allegations are bound to affect their morale.

The Minister further noted that it is a matter for deep regret that the gravest of allegations should have been hurled against a senior public official with such blatant irresponsibility and with so little regard for the truth.

The full text of the Minister’s Statement is attached.


Ministry of External Affairs
Colombo

21st October 2014

 
Deepavali Celebrations

Deepavali Celebrations

The High Commission of Sri Lanka

Cordially invites

All Sri Lankans living in the UK to the

Deepavali Celebration

On Friday the 24th October 2014 at 1830 hrs

To be held at 13, Hyde Park Gardens, London W2 2LU

(Nearest Tube Stations – Lancaster Gate & Paddington)

RSVP: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

or

0207 262 1841 Ext – 289

 

 
Media Statement

Media Statement


The Government of Sri Lanka has noted with concern the decision of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 16th October, to annul the EU regulations proscribing the LTTE. The defendants of this case have been the Council and Commission of the European Union, together with two member states, the Netherlands and the UK.

Expectedly, the ECJ judgment requires in-depth study by all the defendant parties. It is noteworthy that the Court has stressed the annulments to be “on fundamentally procedural grounds” and “do not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of the LTTE as a terrorist group.” Further it is observed from the decision of the ECJ that “the effects of the annulled measures are maintained temporarily in order to ensure the effectiveness of any possible future freezing of funds”.

Conscious of the fact that the listing of the LTTE is a matter internal to the EU, Sri Lanka is confident that the European Commission and the EU Member States will take the best possible decision on the future course of action to be taken in this regard, in accordance with their own legal architecture in preserving sovereignty.

The EU proscribed the LTTE as a terrorist organization in May 2006, and has remained on its list of terrorist entities ever since. Apart from the EU, the LTTE is proscribed as a terrorist organization in the USA, India, Canada, the UK and Sri Lanka.

The Government of Sri Lanka has fully supported the EU in its listing of the LTTE and has periodically provided information supportive of the regulation and also with a view to facilitate the Commission’s defence in the ECJ. The Government remains committed to provide to the European Commission and EU Member States, any further assistance and information available, to maintain the LTTE as a brutal terrorist organization.

It is noteworthy that a number of EU member countries have carried out investigations against LTTE activists in their territories, some of which are ongoing, while some have resulted in the accused being sentenced by Court.

Sri Lanka is further mindful that the ECJ decision may have an impact including from a security perspective, on the large majority of Sri Lankans living in EU territory, as well as EU citizens of Sri Lankan origin, who are likely to come under pressure once again by pro LTTE activists.

Ministry of External Affairs
Colombo

16 October 2014

 
Minister Peiris holds talks with South Korean counterpart

Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, held bilateral discussions with Mr. Yun Byung-se, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea on the sidelines of the Democracy Forum in Bali, Indonesia.

The talks focused on trade and investment, as well as cooperation on political issues and the expansion of employment opportunities for Sri Lankans in the Republic of Korea.

Prof. G.L. Peiris briefed his South Korean counterpart comprehensively on current political and economic developments in Sri Lanka.

Ministry of External Affairs
Colombo

12th October 2014

 
Sri Lanka should be judged in proportion to the challenges faced by a country emerging from a 30 year terrorist conflict - Ambassador Aryasinha tells the Human Rights Committee in Geneva E-mail

 

Sri Lanka's Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation to the Human Rights Committee Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha asked the Human Rights Committee to “judge Sri Lankain proportion to the challenges Sri Lanka has continued to face as a country emerging from a 30 year terrorist conflict".

The Ambassador made this observation in responding to comments made during the consideration of Sri Lanka's 5th Periodic Report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by the Human Rights Committee,which was held on 7-8 October 2014 in Geneva. The Human Rights Committee comprises a body of independent experts from 18 countries that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties.

Responding to a question raised by the Committee as to why the PTA is still in existence in Sri Lanka, Ambassador Aryasinha said Sri Lanka does not shy away from making considered choices and is adept at differentiating, in the best interest of its people. He recalled that notwithstanding security concerns, the government had speedily resettled almost all internally displaced persons, that out of approximately 12,000 LTTE ex-combatants who have been reintegrated into society, all but 114 are undergoing rehabilitation, and 84 are under legal proceedings, and that in 2011 the government had allowed emergency to lapse, which at the time many felt was too hasty. In spite of concerns raised, the Government of Sri Lanka had taken these calculated risks. He said, the government had to keep the PTA in effect, albeit reluctantly, due to recent incidents pointing to attempts at the resurgence of terrorism in Sri Lanka with involvement of external networks. He pointed out that such caution was also taken by many governments who have had to face the threat of terrorism.

In his opening statement,the Ambassador welcomed the opportunity to interact with the Human Rights Committee, and through it to continue the constructive engagement Sri Lanka has maintained with the processes of the UN human rights mechanisms.

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Concluding Address by HE Dr Chris Nonis, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to the UK, at the Defence Seminar 2014, August 18-20th 2014 PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Commander of the Army, Lt. Gen. Daya Ratnayake, Chiefs of the Triforces, distinguished international delegates, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentle¬men, It gives me great pleasure, indeed it’s a great privilege, to have been invited to deliver the concluding remarks, in what has been an excellent and extremely informative Defence Seminar 2014.

The proceedings of the past three days have provided all of us with a really nuanced understanding of the challenges to Sri Lanka in the post-conflict era, but more importantly it has also shown us the myriad of opportunities that exist for Sri Lanka and for our partners regionally, during our ascendance.
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DR CHRIS NONIS WITH NOBEL LAUREATE AMARTYA SEN PDF Print E-mail

Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1998 for his work in welfare economics and has made contributions to welfare economics, social choice theory, economic and social justice, economic theories of famines, and indices of the measure of well-being of citizens of developing countries. Dr Chris Nonis and Professor Amartya Sen also both sit on the International Advisory Council of Asia House, a leading centre for expertise on Asia in London.

Sri Lanka High Commission
London

07th August 2014

 
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