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Deepavali Celebrations
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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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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

 
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
London

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 )

 
COMMONWEALTH CRICKET UNIFIES THE PEOPLE – DR CHRIS NONIS PDF Print E-mail

 

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.

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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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Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa visits Sri Lanka High Commission in London PDF Print

 

 

The Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa was in the UK to attend a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The Hon Speaker is the immediate Past President of the CPA.

The Hon Speaker was welcomed by High Commissioner Dr. Chris Nonis, to the Sri Lanka High Commission, during his stay in London. The Hon Speaker commended the work carried out by the staff of the Mission for the Sri Lankan community, as well as the several Commonwealth related events held at the High Commission in recognition of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa assuming the Chair-in-Office of the Commonwealth.

High Commission of Sri Lanka
London

08 May 2014

 

 
Dr Chris Nonis, High Commissioner for Sri Lanka to the UK, meets Prime Minister of Pakistan, HE Nawaz Sharif, in London PDF Print

 

 

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis, met the Prime Minister of Pakistan, HE Nawaz Sharif, during his visit to London. Dr Nonis articulated the strong and longstanding friendship and cooperation that exists between the two countries, and the value of the comprehensive bilateral Free Trade Agreement. HE Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reaffirming his strong bond of friendship, spoke about his meeting with HE President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his visit to Sri Lanka for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013, chaired by President Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka High Commission
London

08th May 2014

 
Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa meets Parliamentarians in the UK PDF Print

 

L to R: Rt Hon Lord Sheikh, Sri Lankan High Commissioner Dr Chris Nonis, Ian Paisley M.P., Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, Worshipful Mayor Frances Stainton, James Wharton MP, David Morris, MP.

Dr Chris Nonis , Sri Lankan High Commissioner to the UK, hosted a gathering in London in honour of Hon Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa. The Hon Speaker, who is the immediate Past President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association(CPA), was in the UK to attend the meeting of the Executive Committee of the CPA.

Sri Lanka High Commission
London

01 May 2014

 
Unity is strength

In his address on Sri Lanka's Independence Day, High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Chris Nonis emphasised that the wealth of the country was in the diversity of its people of varying backgrounds, ethnicities and religions.

He said it was imperative to make optimum use of that diversity and build a strong and unified Sri Lanka which would then be able to resist those external forces that seek to divide rather than unify Sri Lanka.

Dr Nonis was speaking to a large gathering of the British polity including parliamentarians from the House of Lords and the House of Commons, heads of diplomatic missions, members of the Commonwealth Secretariat including its Secretary-General, members of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the business community, think tanks, international organisations and representatives from HRH Prince Charles' office and Buckingham Palace, at a reception held at the Sri Lanka High Commission in London to celebrate the 66th Independence Day of Sri Lanka.

The High Commissioner thanked the 53 London-based Commonwealth high commissioners who, in their capacity as members of the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Secretariat, played a pivotal role in ensuring that Sri Lanka hosted CHOGM 2013 so successfully. He thanked them for their friendship, cooperation and solidarity with Sri Lanka, especially in not succumbing to the strong pressures from lobby groups in the years leading up to the CHOGM.

He referred to the value that had accrued to Sri Lanka in hosting CHOGM for it provided an opportunity to a large cross-section of the global community such as governments, business leaders, youth and media to visit Sri Lanka and form their own views of contemporary Sri Lanka without depending on hearsay and jaundiced opinions.

Dr Nonis invited those present to view the special exhibition at the High Commission premises on CHOGM 2013 and its three parallel fora, the numerous heads of state and government of the Commonwealth with whom President Mahinda Rajapaksa had fruitful bilateral meetings. The exhibition also portrayed the visit of HRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, who had endeared themselves so graciously to the Sri Lankan people.

The exhibition also depicted the comprehensive rehabilitation, reconciliation and reconstruction programmes undertaken in post-conflict Sri Lanka.

The exhibition was also viewed by a substantial number of the Sri Lankan diaspora who gathered earlier in the day to participate in the traditional ceremonies associated with Independence Day and listen to the prayers of Buddhist, Hindu, Islam and Christian religious dignitaries who bestowed blessings on Sri Lanka and its leaders.

Reminding his different audiences of Sri Lanka's history, Dr Nonis said that universal franchise was granted to both men and women in 1931, 17 years before independence. Exercising the right of the ballot even before independence helped Sri Lanka build the vibrant democracy that it is today.

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