What is outstanding in the traditions of these Avurudu festivities are coexistence and reconciliation. The most valued quality of this Avurudu festival is taking the ideal of understanding and cohesion beyond the family, to the village, the city and the entire country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

A large group of Sri Lankan- American voters representing multiple states gathered at Capitol Hill to meet their Members of Congress in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on March 26. The purpose of the meeting was to express their serious concerns over the resolution against Sri Lanka sponsored by the United States at the UNHRC for the third consecutive time.

Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya has thanked the U.S. Senators who introduced Senate Resolution 364 recognizing Sri Lanka’s success in restoration of democracy , rebuilding and reconciliation after the dawn of peace since 2009. In a letter addressed to the Senators, the Ambassador called the resolution a very a positive gesture of goodwill and understanding towards Sri Lanka from these senior representatives of the American people.

Minister of External Affairs and Leader of the Sri Lanka delegation Prof. G.L. Peiris, delivering the National Statement at the High Level Segment of the 25th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today (5 March 2014), rejected the Report of the High Commissioner in its entirety, saying it was fundamentally flawed and disregarded the substantial progress made by the Government during the five years which have elapsed since the end of the thirty year conflict against terrorism.

Eleven senior Members of the United States Senate introduced a bipartisan Senate Resolution (S. Res. 364) on Thursday, Feb 27 expressing support for Sri Lanka’s internal reconciliation process and the significant overall progress the Country has made since the end of the civil war–some 5 years ago.

The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) has rejected the call by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navnanethem Pillay’s “to establish an international inquiry mechanism to further investigate the alleged violations of IHRL and IHL and monitor any domestic accountability process in Sri Lanka”, saying “it gives scant or no regard to the domestic processes ongoing in Sri Lanka within the framework of the LLRC NPOA, and is politicized in premise”.

A historic opportunity has arrived for the sons and daughters of Sri Lanka living in the United States to support their motherland, says H.E. Mr. Jaliya Wickramasuriya, the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the US. Addressing nearly one thousand Sri Lankan-Americans gathered at the auditorium of the University of District of Columbia on February 8, 2014, the Ambassador expressed that their solidarity with Sri Lankan people is needed more than ever at this important time in Sri Lanka’s history.

  • THE U.S. SPONSORED RESOLUTION ON SRI LANKA AT THE UNHRC IS DETRIMENTAL TO LASTING PEACE IN SRI LANKA – SRI LANKAN AMERICANS INFORM THE U.S. SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    A large group of Sri Lankan- American voters representing multiple states gathered at Capitol Hill to meet their Members of Congress in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on March 26. The purpose of the meeting was to express their serious concerns over the resolution against Sri Lanka sponsored by the United States at the UNHRC for the third consecutive time.

  • STAND UNITED TO FIGHT FALLACIES AGAINST YOUR MOTHERLAND – AMBASSADOR JALIYA WICKRAMASURIYA TO SRI LANKAN – AMERICANS

    A historic opportunity has arrived for the sons and daughters of Sri Lanka living in the United States to support their motherland, says H.E. Mr. Jaliya Wickramasuriya, the Sri Lankan Ambassador to the US. Addressing nearly one thousand Sri Lankan-Americans gathered at the auditorium of the University of District of Columbia on February 8, 2014, the Ambassador expressed that their solidarity with Sri Lankan people is needed more than ever at this important time in Sri Lanka’s history.

  • THE 66TH INDEPENDENCE DAY OF SRI LANKA CELEBRATED WITH ELEGANCE IN WASHINGTON DC

    The Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington DC has organized a series of events to celebrate the 66thAnniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence in Washington DC. The Official Ceremony was held at the chancery on February 4th with the participation of representatives of the Sri Lankan-American community.

  • US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, met with Prof.G.L.Peiris

    Ms. Nisha Desai Biswal, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, met with Prof. G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs yesterday (31) at the ministry.

  • SRI LANKA EMBASSY CELEBRATES THAI PONGAL WITH US – SRI LANKAN HINDU COMMUNITY

    Sri Lanka Embassy, Washington DC together with the US-Sri Lankan Hindu community celebrated Thai Pongal, the traditional Hindu harvest festival on Wednesday (Jan 15). Keeping with the tradition of celebrating important days of all four major religions observed by Sri Lankans, the Embassy commences its event calendar every year by hosting Thai Pongal.

  • SRI LANKAN COMMUNITY IN THE US CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS WITH THE SRI LANKA EMBASSY – WASHINGTON

    Sri Lankan Christian community in the greater Washington area gathered at the Embassy of Sri Lanka, Washington on Friday (Dec 13) to celebrate Christmas. Once again, the embassy organized Thanksgiving prayers, Christmas choir and dinner for the guests, in keeping with its long unbroken tradition of celebrating the important events of all four major religions in Sri Lanka.

  • US Vice President Joe Biden greets Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya

    US Vice President Joe Biden at the Holiday Reception for the Diplomatic Corps at the US State Department, Washington (Dec 9, 2013)

  • Model UN Team from Woodrow Wilson High School visits Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington

    The students are to represent Sri Lanka at the model UN competition held in Boston this year. Model UN is an extracurricular activity popular among the US students, in which they role-play the country delegations at a simulated UN conference.

  • SRI LANKA ARMY CHIEF CALLS UPON AMBASSADOR WICKRAMASURIYA IN WASHINGTON DURING OFFICIAL VISIT

    Commander of Sri Lanka Army, Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake called upon Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya at the Sri Lanka Chancery in Washington on October 21, 2013. The Army Chief was in the United States to attend the Association of United States Army Annual Meeting and Exposition held from October 21 -23 in Washington DC.

  • Address the issue of ‘common poverty’ vigorously, before we talk about ‘common wealth’ – President Rajapaksa

    President Mahinda Rajapaksa urged the Commonwealth to focus, as a matter of priority, on development challenges, confronting the majority of our member nations. “I see a compelling need for those who guide the destiny of the Commonwealth to give serious thought to practical modalities, focusing on social and economic issues. This will greatly enhance the relevance and value of the Commonwealth,” he said and posed the question, “Shouldn’t we be addressing more vigorously the issue of ‘common poverty’ before we talk about ‘common wealth’?”

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island of no great size, yet it has an extraordinary number of facets. As Sir Arthur C Clarke remarked: “The Island of Sri Lanka is a small universe; it contains as many variations of culture, scenery, and climate as some countries a dozen times its size . . . I find it hard to believe that there is any country which scores so highly in all departments – which has so many advantages and so few disadvantages.” Lovely beaches, beautiful landscapes, impressive ruins, a vibrant culture and charming people.

Official name: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Government type: republic
Location: Latitude 5° 55. to 9° 50. north, longitude 79° 42. to 81° 52., 650km north of the equator
Dimensions: 430km north to south, 225km east to west
Coastline: 1,340km
Area: 65,525km2
Currency (code): Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Independence: 4 February 1948
Administrative capital: Sri Jayewardenepura
Commercial capital: Colombo
Administrative divisions: 9 provinces; Central, North Central, North Eastern, North Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Uva, Western, Eastern Province.
Climate: Typically tropical, with a northeast monsoon (December to March) bringing unsettled weather to the north and east, and a southwest monsoon (June to October) bringing bad weather to the south and west
Terrain: Mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior
Highest mountain: Pidurutalagala, 2,524m
Highest waterfall: Bambarakanda, 263m
National Flower The Blue Water Lily (Nymphaea stellata).
National parks and nature reserves area: 8,000sq.km

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