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Notice to the UK Registered Charities PDF Print



Notice to the UK Registered Charities

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the UK is in the process of updating its database of the UK Registered Charities which supported post-Tsunami work in Sri Lanka after the devastation on 26 December 2004.

It would be appreciated very much if such Registered Charities could forward their details as below to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it on or before 1st January, 2015.

Required details are as follows:

Ø Name of the Charity

Ø Address

Ø Charity Commissioner registration number and date of registration

Ø Description of your post-tsunami work

Ø Name of the contact person

Ø E-mail address

Ø Telephone number


Sri Lanka High Commission

13, Hyde Park Gardens

London W2 2LU



Christmas Carols PDF Print

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


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

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)

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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

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

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.

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.


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

07th August 2014

HE Dr Chris Nonis meets HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan PDF Print E-mail

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis, met HRH Prince El Hassan of Jordan during his visit to London. In Jordan, HRH Prince El Hassan established the Royal Scientific Society, the Arab Thought Forum, the Higher Council for Science and Technology, and the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies. He is also Chair of one of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Boards, and President of the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue (FIIRD). A pluralist, believing in consensus and respect for the other, HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, articulated his ideals of societies in which all peoples can live, work and function in freedom and with dignity, and emphasized opportunities for global partnership towards these aims.

Sri Lanka High Commission

16 July 2014

Lanka has established macro economic fundamentals - Chris Nonis PDF Print E-mail


The panellists, Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Chris Nonis, Chairman (SEC) Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Chairman (CSE) Krishan Balendra and CEO (CSE) Rajeeva Bandaranaike addressing various aspects of the economy, liquidity,Governance and future outlook on the capital market of Sri Lanka at the forum.


In order to showcase the opportunities available in the capital market of Sri Lanka the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) held an Investor Forum at the Savoy Hotel London last Friday and a panel discussion too was followed.

This was organized in association with the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Bloomberg received an unprecedented response. Over 150 fund managers attended the forum. .

The panelists for this interactive event were, Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Dr. Chris Nonis, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr. Nalaka Godahewa who is the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and Krishan Balendra the Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange. .

Opening remarks were made by Rajeeva Bandaranaike (RB), CEO of the Colombo Stock Exchange. .

Explaining some of the measures that Sri Lanka has taken in recent times to address the issue of liquidity Dr. Godahewa (NG) said that the liquidity issue is primarily to do with how the market has grown over the past few years. .

For a very long period till the end of the war, the market was stagnant and there were very few companies in the market and it is only now that the real prospect has started. As far as the Securities and Exchange Commission is concerned, and the Colombo Stock Exchange, we have looked at several areas to address this issue. .

In 2013 we brought in a new regulation, where all listed companies are expected to raise their minimum public float to 20 per-cents within the next two years that will make a significant impact. .

Secondly we have taken measures to bring more companies to the market; we currently have 293 companies, which have grown very slowly through the past 20 years. But now we see more and more companies are considering IPOs and right now my understanding is that about 45 new companies, some of them are pretty large companies, are in the pipeline to list in the next three years, that will again make a difference.

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(Courtesy : Daily News )

Sri Lanka opens London Stock Exchange PDF Print E-mail

Sri Lanka on Friday livened up the London Stock Exchange (LSE) as the country was symbolically partnered for the market opening at 8 a.m. The move by the LSE was to mark the highly-successful Investor Forum in London, in which it was also involved. LSE’s ties with Sri Lanka got a big boost when it acquired MillenniumIT, the capital markets software specialist.


The LSE is powered by solutions developed by MIT as well. SEC Chairman Dr. Nalaka Godahewa, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in UK Dr. Chris Nonis, LSE CEO Alexander Justham, CSE Chairman Krishan Belandra, Director and incoming Chairman Vajira Kulatilaka, CEO Rajeeva Bandaranaike, SEC Commissioners Zuraish Hashim and Lolitha Abeysinghe and MIT Sri Lankan executives and Sri Lanka High Commission officials were among others present at the market opening of the LSE, which was followed by logos of the CSE and SEC flashed across the main trading screen of the LSE – Pix by Nisthar Cassim in London

(Courtesy : DailyFT - June 2, 2014 )



Cricket is a strong unifier amongst all communities, Dr Chris Nonis said, as he warmly welcomed the Sri Lankan Cricket team to a Commonwealth Cricket Reception at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London. He congratulated the team for their perseverance and dedication and that it was a great tribute to Sri Lanka in the post-conflict era.

Vesak Celebration and Almsgiving at the Sri Lanka High Commission in the UK E-mail
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The High Commission of Sri Lanka in the United Kingdom organized an almsgiving for twenty Venerable members of the Maha Sanga representing the Buddhist temples in the UK, on Wednesday 14th May, with the participation of the Sri Lankan community, as part of its Vesak Celebrations, and also to invoke blessings on H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Government and the people of Sri Lanka. The High Commission premises were colourfully adorned with Vesak lanterns, Buddhist flags and decorations.

Chief Sanganayaka of Great Britain & Head of the London Buddhist Vihara Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thero; Chief Incumbent of the Kingsbury Saddhatissa International Buddhist Vihara, Ven. Galayaye Piyadassi Nayaka Thero; Chief Incumbent of the Birmingham Jetavana Buddhist Temple Ven. Keppetiyagoda Gunawansa Nayaka Thero; and Ven. Maha Sanga from the following Buddhist Viharas also participated at the Almsgiving:- Athula Dassana International Buddhist Temple, Hounslow; East London Buddhist Cultural Centre, Plaistow; Upton Temple, Plaistow; Thames Buddhist Vihara, Croydon; Mahamevnawa Asapuwa, Billericay; Scotland Buddhist Vihara, Scotland; and Redbridge Buddhist Cultural Centre, Ilford.

Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thero, Ven Dr Handupalpola Mahinda Nayaka Thero, and Ven Dedunupitiye Upananda Thero, in their Anusasanas outlined the meaning of the Triple Festival of Vesak commemorating the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of the Buddha; the universality of Buddhism; and the imperative of unity of all Sri Lankans.

In his concluding remarks, Ven Bogoda Seelawimala Nayaka Thero commended the service rendered by the High Commissioner and staff and for their active participation in many Temple events throughout the UK, and that this was reflected in the participation of the Ven Maha Sanga from so many Temples in the UK in the High Commission’s Vesak celebration and almsgiving today.

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