President Maithripala Sirisena has sent condolence messages on the Passing Away of the 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush to US President Donald J. Trump and to President George H.W. Bush’s son, former President George W. Bush.
The messages are as follows: His Excellency Donald J. Trump President of the United States of America Your Excellency, “It is with profound sadness that I learnt of the passing of the Honourable George H.W. Bush, the forty-first President of the United States of America. “A distinguished American in many fields and a devoted public servant for long years, President George H.W. Bush is most remembered by the people in my country for the visit that he undertook to Sri Lanka, along with President Bill Clinton, following the unprecedented devastation faced by us as a result of the December 2004 Tsunami. “During the visit, he spent much time with child survivors and listened to their experiences, addressing the emotional impact on the youngest survivors of the disaster. His empathy and kindness are entrenched in people’s minds. “On behalf of a grateful nation, I convey to you and to the people of the United States of America, our deepest condolences at this time of national mourning”. **** The Honorable George W. Bush Post Office Box 259000 Dallas, Texas 75225 Honorable George W. Bush, “It is with profound sadness that I learnt of the passing of your beloved father, the forty-first President of the United States of America, the Honorable George H.W. Bush. He will be remembered by the American people as well as people all over the world, for his life of devoted public service, not only as President and Vice President of the United States of America, but as a decorated Naval aviator, Ambassador to the United Nations, US Envoy to China, a prudent leader, and a person who exuded kindness and respect to all those whose lives he touched. “Your father is most remembered by the people of Sri Lanka, for the empathy, kindness and thoughtfulness he demonstrated at a time when we faced unprecedented devastation as a result of the December 2004 Tsunami. Leading fund raising efforts on your behalf, President George H.W. Bush travelled to Sri Lanka with President Bill Clinton, days after the disaster. “Apart from examining the physical damage caused and meeting US troops involved in relief efforts, they took the time to interact with child survivors. President George H.W. Bush listened patiently to their stories and provided them much needed courage to rebuild their lives. The kindness he showed at a time of great despair, will always be treasured by all those who interacted with him. “On behalf of the people of Sri Lanka, I convey heartfelt condolences and thoughts and prayers to you and to the entire family of President George H.W. Bush at this time of personal grief
Foreign Minister Dr Sarath Amunugama briefed foreign diplomats based in Colombo at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning (12). The Minister clarified the chain of events that compelled President Maithripala Sirisena to arrive at the decision to dissolve Parliament. He emphasized the constitutionality of the steps taken by President Sirisena and added that having being elected through a nation-wide vote, the President derives his authority directly from the people of Sri Lanka. The Minister said in the event of a conflict between the organs of government, seeking a mandate from people who are sovereign ensures that democracy prevails. Minister Amunugama also made special note of the peaceful atmosphere that continues to prevail in Sri Lanka, in the midst of internal political changes. This is to the credit of the people of Sri Lanka and re-affirms the democratic traditions of the country. Through the measures adopted, the Minister added, the Executive has discharged his responsibility of ensuring the security and safety of all Sri Lankans, which may have been compromised by the growing tension and the departure from parliamentary traditions. Several country representatives present at the briefing expressed their confidence in the strength of Sri Lanka’s long standing democratic traditions in resolving this internal matter. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Colombo   12 November 2018 ——————————————- මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය ආචාර්ය සරත් අමුණුගම මහතා කොළඹ සිටින විදේශරාජ්‍ය තාන්ත්‍රිකයන් දැනුම්වත් කරයි විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය ආචාර්ය සරත් අමුණුගම මහතා අද දින (12) විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශයේදී කොළඹ සිටින විදේශ රාජ්‍ය තාන්ත්‍රිකයන් හමුවී ඔවුන් දැනුම්වත් කළේය. පාර්ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවා හැරීමේ තීරණයට එළැඹීම සඳහා ජනාධිපති මෛත්‍රිපාල සිරිසේන මහතා පෙළඹවූ සිද්ධිදාමය සම්බන්ධයෙන් අමාත්‍යවරයා රාජ්‍ය තාන්ත්‍රිකයන් වෙත කරුණු පැහැදිලි කළේය. ජනාධිපති සිරිසේන මහතා විසින් ගනු ලැබූ පියවර  ආණ්ඩුක්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවට සම්පූර්ණයෙන්ම අනුකූල වන බව අවධාරණය කළ අමාත්‍ය අමුණුගම මහතා, දීප ව්‍යාප්ත ඡන්දයකින් තේරීපත් වූ ජනාධිපතිවරයා සිය අධිකාරී බලය ලබා ගන්නේ ඍජුවම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ මහජනතාවගෙන් බව පැවැසීය.රජයේ අංග අතර ඇතිවන මතභේදයකදී ස්වාධිපත්‍යයෙන් යුත් මහජනතාවගෙන් වරමක් සෙවීම ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදයෙහි ජයග්‍රහණය සහතික කිරීමක් බවද ඒ මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. රටේ අභ්‍යන්තර දේශපාලන වෙනස්කම් මධ්‍යයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පුරා අඛණ්ඩව පවතින සාමකාමී වාතාවරණය පිළිබඳවද අමාත්‍ය අමුණුගම මහතා විශේෂයෙන් සඳහන් කළේය. එහි ගෞරවය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජනතාවට හිමිවන බවත්, එම වාතාවරණය රටේ ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී සම්ප්‍රදායන් තවදුරටත් තහවුරු කරන බවත් ඒ මහතා කීය. වර්ධනය වෙමින් පවතින නොසන්සුන්බව හා පාර්ලිමේන්තු සම්ප්‍රදායන්ගෙන් බැහැරවීම යන හේතූන් මත අවදානමකට ලක්විය හැකිව තිබූ සියලු ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ගේ ආරක්ෂාව හා සුරක්ෂිතබව සහතික කිරීමෙහිලා තමන් සතු වගකීම, රැගෙන ඇති පියවර මඟින් විධායකය විසින් ඉටු කරනු ලැබ තිබෙන බවද අමාත්‍යවරයා පැවසීය. මෙම අභ්‍යන්තර කරුණ විසඳීමෙහිලා ශ්‍රි ලංකාවේ දීර්ඝ කාලීන ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදී සම්ප්‍රදායන් සතු ශක්තිය කෙරෙහි රැස්වීමට සහභාගී වූ රාජ්‍ය තාන්ත්‍රිකයෝ රැසක්ම සිය විශ්වාසය පළ කළහ. විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය කොළඹ 2018 නොවැම්බර් 12 වැනිදා ———————————————— ஊடக வெளியீடு வெளிநாட்டு அமைச்சர் அமுணுகம கொழும்பிலுள்ள இராஜதந்திரிகளை சந்தித்து உரையாடினார் கொழும்பிலுள்ள இராஜதந்திரிகளை இன்று காலை வெளிநாட்டலுவல்கள் அமைச்சில் வெளிநாட்டலுவல்கள் அமைச்சர் கலாநிதி சரத் அமுணுகம அவர்கள் சந்தித்து உரையாடினார். பாராளுமன்றத்தை கலைப்பதற்கு ஜனாதிபதி மைத்திரிபால சிறிசேன அவர்களை கட்டாயப்படுத்திய தொடர் நிகழ்வுகளை அமைச்சர் தெளிவுபடுத்தினார். தேசிய ரீதியிலான வாக்கெடுப்பு மூலம் தெரிவு செய்யப்பட்ட ஜனாதிபதி சிறிசேன அவர்களால் முன்னெடுக்கப்பட்ட அரசியலமைப்பை வலியுறுத்திய அவர் ஜனாதிபதி அவரது அதிகாரத்தை நேரடியாக மக்களிடமிருந்தே பெற்றிருக்கின்றார் என்றும் கூறினார். அரச உறுப்புக்களுக்கு மத்தியிலான முரண்பாட்டின்போது ஜனநாயகத்தை உறுப்படுத்துகின்ற இறையாண்மை கொண்ட மக்களிடமிருந்து ஓர் ஆணையை தேடுவது அவசியம் என்றும் கூறினார். உள்நாட்டு அரசியல் மாற்றங்கள் நிகழ்ந்த காலப்பகுதிகளில் இலங்கையில் நிலவிய சாந்தியான சூழல் தொடர்பாக அமைச்சர் அவர்கள் குறிப்பிட்டு சுட்டிக்காட்டினார். இது இலங்கை மக்களின் மதிப்பை உணர்த்துவதோடு நாட்டின் ஜனநாயக பாரம்பரியத்தை மீள் உறுதிப்படுத்துகின்றது. பாராளுமன்ற மரபுகள் புறக்கணிப்பு மற்றும் வளர்ந்து வரும் பதட்டங்களால் அனைத்து இலங்கையரினதும் பாதுகாப்பை உறுதிப்படுத்துகின்ற பொறுப்பை நிறைவேற்றதிகாரம்  மேற்கொள்கின்றது எனவும் அமைச்சர் குறிப்பிட்டார். இந்த சந்திப்பில் கலந்து கொண்ட பல நாடுகளின் பிரதிநிதிகள் இந்த உள்விவகாரத்தை தீர்த்துக் கொள்வதில் இலங்கையின் நீண்ட ஜனநாயக பாரம்பரிய பலத்தின் மீது அவர்கள் வைத்துள்ள நம்பிக்கையினை வெளிப்படுத்தினர். வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சு கொழும்பு 12 நவம்பர் 2018
Foreign Minister Dr. Sarath Amunugama, said that there was no justification for the Travel Advisories issued by a few countries, since there have been no incidents of violence or disruption in the country following the recent events. The Tourism sector has not been subject to any inconvenience. The Minister made these observations when he met with the leading inbound tour operators, Senior Officials of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), representatives of the Sri Lankan Airlines and other leading foreign carriers to discuss the Travel Advisories issued recently. He said that the Government was fully committed to safeguarding and improving of the tourism industry. Industry leaders   briefed the   Minister that in addition to regular flights,  TUI , one  of  the   world’s   leading  tour  operators, is  now scheduled to operate  03  Charter Flights to  Colombo  on   a weekly  basis  while  the TUI   Cruise Liner  is  also scheduled  to  use Sri Lanka as a Port of Call in   the  high  season. The  industry  leaders also  informed  that   Aeroflot has  announced     nonstop   direct  flights  from  Moscow  to   Colombo  from  28 October 2018  and  SWISS will  resume  its  direct  flights  Zurich – Colombo from 04 November 2018. Meanwhile   Lonely  Planet, one  of the   leading international travel  guide   publishers,  has   recently   named  Sri  Lanka  as   the world’s top  destination.   It was noted that presently there are around 4000 cricket fans from the UK in   Sri Lanka to follow the   English cricket team’s current tour. This was testimony to the peaceful environment prevailing in the country and tourists are enjoying uninterrupted access to tourist sites and facilities throughout the Island. The Minister also informed that since the assumption of his present portfolio he has instructed all Heads of Sri Lanka Missions overseas to personally make representation to the authorities concerned in their countries of accreditation in order to remove the Travel Advisories, to be in keeping with the ground realities in Sri Lanka. They will also maintain  regular interaction with the leading Travel Agents/ Outbound Tour Operators  in their  respective capitals to brief them on the peaceful situation prevailing in the island with a view to promoting arrivals. The Minister said that he planned to make Tourism Promotion a main aspect of the Foreign Ministry’s work programme. Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and Senior Officials of the Ministry were present at the meeting.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Colombo
02 November 2018 ——————————————————————-   “වෙනස්වන සංචාරක උපදේශනවලට සාධාරණ හේතුවක් නැතැ”යි විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය ආචාර්ය සරත් අමුණුගම මහතා කියයි

පසුගියදා ඇතිවූ සිද්ධීන්වලින් අනතුරුව රටේ ප්‍රචණ්ඩකාරී සිදුවීම් හෝ කඩාකප්පල්කාරී ක්‍රියා හට නොගත් බැවින්, මෙරටට පැමිණෙන සංචාරකයන් වෙනුවෙන් රටවල් කිහිපයක් විසින් නිකුත් කොට ඇති සංචාරක උපදේශනවලට (Travel Advisories) සාධාරණ හේතුවක් නැතැයි විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය ආචාර්ය සරත් අමුණුගම මහතා පැවැසීය. සංචාරක ක්ෂේත්‍රය කිසිදු අපහසුතාවකට ලක් වී නොමැත. අමාත්‍යවරයා මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කළේ මෑතකදී නිකුත් කරනු ලැබූ සංචාරක උපදේශන සම්බන්ධයෙන් සාකච්ඡා කිරීම සඳහා මෙරටට සංචාරකයන් රැගෙන එන ප්‍රමුඛ පෙළේ ව්‍යාපාරිකයන් , ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංචාරක ප්‍රවර්ධන කාර්යාංශයේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නිලධාරීන්, ශ්‍රී ලංකන් ගුවන් සේවයේ හා වෙනත් විදේශීය ගුවන් සේවාවල නියෝජිතයන් හමුවූ අවස්ථාවේදීය. සංචාරක කර්මාන්තය ආරක්ෂා කොට වැඩිදියුණු කිරීම සඳහා රජය පූර්ණ ලෙස ඇපකැපවී සිටින බව ඔහු ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. සාමාන්‍යයෙන් පැමිණෙන ගුවන්යානාවලට අමතරව, ලොව ප්‍රමුඛතම සංචාරක මෙහෙයුම් සමාගමක් වන  TUI ගුවන් සමාගමකොළඹට එක් සතියකට විශේෂ ගුවන් ගමන්වාර 03 ක් ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට නියමිත බවත්, ඊට අමතරව සංචාරකයන් වැඩිපුර පැමිණෙන වාරයේදී TUI සමාගමේ සුඛෝපභෝගී මගී නෞකාව ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණීමට නියමිත බවත් සංචාරක ව්‍යාපාරයේ ප්‍රමුඛ පෙළේ නියෝජිතයෝ අමාත්‍යවරයාට දැනුම් දුන්හ. රුසියාවේ එරෝෆ්ලොට් ගුවන් සේවය 2018 ඔක්තෝබර් 28 වැනිදා සිට මොස්කව් නුවර සිට කොළඹ දක්වා ඍජු ගුවන් ගමන් ආරම්භ කළ බවත්, ස්විස් ගුවන් සේවය 2018 නොවැම්බර් 04 වැනිදා සිට සූරිච් නුවර සිට කොළඹ බලා සෘජු ගුවන් ගමන් ආරම්භ කරන බවත් ඔවුහු අමාත්‍යවරයාට දැනුම් දුන්හ. මේ අතර, ලොව ප්‍රමුඛ පෙළේ සංචාරක මාර්ගෝපදේශක ග්‍රන්ථ ප්‍රකාශකයකු වන ලෝන්ලි ප්ලැනට් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ලොව හොඳම සංචාරක ගමනාන්තය ලෙස මෑතකදී නම් කොට තිබේ. මෙරට සංචාරය කරන එංගලන්ත ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම ක්‍රීඩා කරන අයුරු නැරඹීමට එක්සත් රාජධානියේ සිට පැමිණි ක්‍රීඩාලෝලීන් 4000 ක් පමණ දැනට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සිටින බවද ප්‍රකාශ විය. එය රටේ පවතින සාමකාමී වාතාවරණයට සාක්ෂියක් වන අතර, දිවයින පුරා පිහිටි සංචාරක වශයෙන් වැදගත් ස්ථානවලට සංචාරකයෝ කිසිදු බාධාවකින් තොරව පිවිසෙති. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් නිකුත් කොට ඇති සංචාරක උපදේශන, රටේ පවතින සැබෑ තත්ත්වය පැහැදිලි කරදීමෙන් ඉවත් කර ගැනීම සඳහා අදාළ රටවල්වල බලධාරීන්ට පෞද්ගලිකවම කරුණු දක්වන ලෙසට එම රටවල්වලට අක්ත ගන්වා සිටින ශ්‍රී ලංකා දූත මණ්ඩල ප්‍රධානීන්ට තමන් සිය වර්තමාන ධුරයට පත් වූ තැන් පටන් උපදෙස් ලබා දුන් බවද අමාත්‍යවරයා පැවැසීය.  මෙරටට පැමිණෙන සංචාරකයන් ප්‍රවර්ධනය කිරීම පිණිස, දිවයිනේ පවතින සාමකාමී වාතාවරණය සම්බන්ධයෙන් එම රටවල්වල සිටින ප්‍රමුඛ පෙළේ සංචාරක නියෝජිතයන් හා මෙරටට සංචාරකයන් එවන ව්‍යාපාරිකයන් සමඟද එම දූත මණ්ඩල ප්‍රධානීන් නිරන්තරයෙන් සබඳතා පවත්වාගනු ඇත. සංචාරක ප්‍රවර්ධනය විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශ කාර්ය වැඩසටහනේ ප්‍රධාන අංගයක් බවට පත් කිරීමට තමන් සැලසුම් කරන බවද අමාත්‍යවරයා පැවසීය. විදේශ කටයුතු ලේකම් රවිනාථ ආර්‍ය්‍යසිංහ මහතා සහ විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නිලධාරීහූද මෙම රැස්වීමට සහභාගී වූහ.   විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය කොළඹ   2018 නොවැම්බර් 02 වැනිදා ——————————————————————-   “பயண ஆலோசனைகளை மாற்றுவதற்கு எவ்வித நியாயங்களும் இல்லை” என வெளிநாட்டமைச்சர் அமுணுகம தெரிவிக்கின்றார். சமகால நிகழ்வுகளைத் தொடர்ந்து நாட்டில் எவ்வித வன்முறைகளோ தடங்கல்களோ இல்லாததனால் சில நாடுகளால் வெளியிடப்பட்ட பயண ஆலோசனைகளுக்கு எவ்வித நியாயங்களும் இல்லை என வெளிநாட்டமைச்சர் கலாநிதி. சரத் அமுணுகம தெரிவித்தார். சுற்றுலாத் துறை எவ்வித சிரமத்திற்கும் உட்படவில்லை. அண்மையில் வெளியிடப்பட்ட பயண ஆலோசனைகளை பற்றி கலந்தாலோசிப்பதற்காக தலைசிறந்த உள்நாட்டு சுற்றுலா இயக்குணர்கள், இலங்கை சுற்றுலா மேம்பாட்டுச் சபையின், சிரேஷ்ட உத்தியோகத்தர்கள், சிறீலங்கா எயார்லைன்ஸ் மற்றும் ஏனைய வெளிநாட்டு பயண முகவர்களின் பிரதிநிதிகளை சந்தித்த போதே இந்த அவதானங்களை அமைச்சர் முன்வைத்தார். சுற்றுலாத்துறையின் பாதுகாப்பிற்கும் அதனை மேம்படுத்துவதற்கும் இலங்கை அரசு மிகவும் அர்ப்பணத்துடன் காணப்பட்டது என்றும் அவர் குறிப்பிட்டார். வழக்கமான விமானங்களுக்கு அப்பால், உலகின் தலைசிறந்த சுற்றுலா இயக்குணர்களில் ஒன்றான ரி.யு.ஐ தற்போது வார அடிப்படையில் கொழும்புக்கு 03 பட்டய விமானங்களை செயற்படுத்துவதற்கு திட்டமிட்டுள்ள அதேவேளை பயணியர் கப்பல் உயர் காலங்களில் இலங்கையை அழைப்பு துறையாக பயன்படுத்துவதற்கு திட்டமிட்டுள்ளது எனவும் தொழில் அதிபர்கள் அமைச்சருக்கு சுட்டிக்காட்டினார். மேலும் 2018 ஒக்டோபர் 28 முதல் மொஸ்கோவிலிருந்து கொழும்புக்கு இடையராத நேரடி விமான சேவையை செயற்படுத்துவதாக ஏரோ விமானம் அறிவித்துள்ளது என்றும்  2018 நவம்பர் 04 முதல் சுரிச் – கொழும்பு நேரடி விமானத்தினை சுவிஸ் ஆரம்பிக்கும் எனவும் தொழில் அதிபர்கள் குறிப்பிட்டனர். அதேநேரம் தலைசிறந்த சர்வதேச பயண வெளியீட்டாளர்களில் ஒருவரான “லோன்லி பிலனட்” சமீபத்தில் இலங்கையை உலகின் முதல்தர சுற்றுலாத்தளமாக பெயரிட்டிருந்தது. இங்கிலாந்து கிரிக்கட் அணியின் தற்போதைய சுற்றுப்பயணத்தினை கண்டு மகிழ்வதற்காக சுமார் 4000 கிரிகட் இரசிகர்கள் ஐக்கிய இராச்சியத்திலிருந்து வருகை தருவதாக சுட்டிக்காட்டப்பட்டது. இது இலங்கையின் அமைதி நிறைந்த சூழல் நிலவுவதற்கான சான்றாகவும் சுற்றுலாப்பயணிகள் தடைகளின்றி சுற்றுலாத்தளங்களை தரிசிப்பது மற்றும் இலங்கை முழுவதிலும் வசதிகளை அனுபவிக்கிறார்கள் என்பதற்கும் சாட்சியமாகவும் உள்ளது. தான் கருமங்களைப் பொறுப்பேற்ற நாள் முதல் வெளிநாடுகளிலுள்ள இலங்கையின் அனைத்து தூதுவராலயங்களினதும் தலைவர்களுக்கும் தான் சார்ந்திருக்கின்ற நாடுகளில் இலங்கையின் நில உண்மைகளுக்கேற்ப பயண ஆலோசனைகளை நீக்குவதற்காக அதிகார சபைகளுக்கு தனிப்பட்ட முறையில் செல்லுமாறு அறிவுறுத்தி வருவதாகவும் அமைச்சர் தெரிவத்தார். மேலும் குடிவரவினை மேம்படுத்துவதற்காக இலங்கையில் நிலவுகின்ற அமைதியான நிலைமையை விளங்கப்படுத்துவதற்காக தலைசிறந்த பயண முகாமையாளர்கள் அல்லது வெளிநாட்டு பயண இயக்குணர்களுடன் தொடர்ந்தேர்ச்சையான தொடர்புகளை அவர்கள் வைத்திருப்பர். மேலும் அமைச்சர் குறிப்பிடுகையில் சுற்றுலா மேம்பாட்டினை வெளிநாட்டலுவல்கள் அமைச்சின் செயற்பாடுகளின் முக்கிய அம்சங்களில் ஒன்றாக ஆக்குவதற்கு அவர் திட்டமிட்டமிருப்பதாகவும் தெரிவித்தார். வெளிநாட்டு செயலாளர் ரவிநாத ஆர்யசிங்க மற்றும் அமைச்சின் சிரேஷ்ட உத்தியோகத்தர்களும் இந்த சந்திப்பில் கலந்து கொண்டனர். வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சு கொழும்பு 02 நவம்பர் 2018

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May the Noble Triple Gem bless all of you ! Mr. President, Mr. Secretary-General, Distinguished Heads of State, Distinguished Delegates, Friends,

I am extremely pleased to participate in the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly representing Sri Lanka for the fourth consecutive occasion.  Sri Lanka, as a Member State of the United Nations, is fully committed to adhere to its Charter, Conventions and Agreements and their implementation.

As Head of State, I am pleased to note the progress that has been made by Sri Lanka and my government during the past three-and-a-half years. When I was elected by the people of Sri Lanka as Head of State in January 2015, the Executive Office that I hold today, had excessive powers, which were comparable to those of a king, or even an emperor.  I am pleased to state that I was able to relinquish these emperor-like excessive powers and transfer them to the Parliament of Sri Lanka, fulfilling the utmost duty of an elected leader.

During the past three-and-a-half years, democracy has been strengthened in my country.  In addition, human rights, freedom of the people and the media as well as the independence of the judiciary have been strengthened. Therefore, the Sri Lanka of today is not what it used to be three-and-a-half years ago. I can clearly state that the Sri Lanka of today is a society which is more inclusive and humane.

We, as Member States of the United Nations, must consider it as our duty and responsibility to comprehensively study and reflect upon the contemporary political developments, economic disparities, and common challenges faced by humanity.When speaking of international political developments and trends, we must in particular focus our attention on refugees that have become a global issue as there are a large number of refugees all over the world. Therefore, I believe that the efforts of the United Nations, its Member States and other organizations dealing with the issues related to refugees must be broader and more effective.

Sri Lanka is a country that follows moderate policies with regard to the exercise of its foreign policy. We are a senior member of the Non-Aligned Movement. The 1976 Non-Aligned Summit, which is considered one of the most successful, was held in Sri Lanka. Within the framework of non-alignment, we consider all nations of the world as friends. I am glad to note that Sri Lanka does not have adversaries in the contemporary world.

When discussing international political issues, we must especially mention the issue of the Palestinian people. I believe that the United Nations and the world powers should approach this issue with greater understanding and attention. Successive governments in Sri Lanka have supported the liberation struggle of the Palestinian people. I believe that the United Nations and all Member States should adopt a more humane approach when advocating for the rights of the Palestinian people, and taking into account the inhumane conditions they face, approach this issue in a broader manner.

We all know that poverty is one of the fundamental problems affecting the world. I am of the view that the United Nations can do more to address the issue of poverty. We know that today, hundreds of millions of people across the world suffer from hunger. Climate change, income disparities, and certain shortcomings of governments to fulfill obligations towards their citizens, are among the key causes of poverty. The negative effects of climate change on economies have further exacerbated this problem. Therefore, it is essential to assist and support countries which are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. I must mention that just as poverty plays a central role in many problems that plague the world, trafficking in weapons, illicit drugs and narcotics have also become grave threats to humanity.

In this context, I am pleased about the agreement reached under the auspices of the United Nations and the leadership of the US President Donald Trump on a ‘Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem’, yesterday. It is necessary that all countries do more towards combating illicit drugs with the assistance of the United Nations, as a matter of priority.

Within the framework of action of the United Nations, we must all work at national and international levels towards the implementation of the agreed outcomes of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, finalized under the guidance of the former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, for the benefit of humanity as well as other living beings, our streams and rivers, and planet Earth as a whole. I must state that Sri Lanka, as a UN Member State, gives utmost priority to these endeavours.

Speaking of internal matters of my beloved motherland, as I stated earlier, we have broadly strengthened democracy, human rights, fundamental rights and media freedom in the country. We must reflect on the situation of our country that prevailed forty years ago, and on the conflict that lasted for nearly thirty-years. It has been almost ten years since terrorism and armed conflict ended. During these ten years we have undertaken a broad range of reforms.  My government in particular, has implemented several important steps in the post-conflict context. We have implemented, and continue to implement many programmes aimed at fostering national harmony and reconciliation, and ensuring non-recurrence of conflict. As a country that has fulfilled and continues to fulfill our human rights obligations, we respectfully request the United Nations and all other countries to continue to assist us in our endeavours.

Sri Lanka's security forces defeated one of the most ruthless terrorist organizations in the world. As a result, Sri Lanka remains an undivided country that enjoys sustainable peace. Therefore, I must respectfully recall the yeoman service rendered by our security forces in defeating a dreaded terrorist organization, and I take this opportunity to thank our security forces for their great sacrifices in ushering peace and ensuring territorial integrity of Sri Lanka. At a time when almost ten years have passed since the end of the conflict, I call upon the international community to look at my country from a new perspective with new ideas. I call on you all to refresh your views on my noble motherland and assist us in our efforts towards achieving economic development, prosperity, and a secure future as a country at peace following a deadly conflict; as a country that is strengthening national reconciliation; as a country where national harmony prevails; as a country that has taken and continues to take every possible step to prevent recurrence of another conflict; and as a country that protects and upholds human rights.

I respectfully request you to allow us the opportunity to resolve our own issues. The independence of a country is of paramount importance. I seek your support in our efforts, including in strengthening democracy and enhancing human development, while respecting our sovereignty. The sacrifices we have made and the initiatives we have taken in this regard are important for us in resolving our issues. As an independent country, we do not require foreign interference or threats. As a strong nation, we request all of you to allow us space to resolve our problems and to progress as an independent country. In this context, once again I wish to reiterate our request for your assistance and support for us to resolve our own issues as Sri Lankans. I further request your support in the efforts of my government to alleviate fear and suspicion among the communities living in our beloved motherland, and to build greater harmony.

As I stated before, it is imperative to accord priority to address the issues of people in Sri Lanka and the world over who are poverty-stricken. We must find solutions to their problems, taking into consideration the ideas and thoughts of the younger generation.

Considering all of the above, I wish to finally reflect on what Lord Buddha stated in the Salla Sutta of the Samyuktha Nikaya in the Thripitaka where it is said that a man pierced by a dart suffers twice: firstly, the physical pain caused by the dart, and secondly the mental agony caused in recollecting the act. Similarly, the people of Sri Lanka have suffered both the physical pain of the prolonged conflict as well as the mental agony caused by the recollection of those unfortunate experiences. Therefore, it is no one else but the people of Sri Lanka who need to be relieved of this pain. In conclusion, I respectfully request all to extend support to my people and country to progress towards a  just, fair, equitable and humane society with economic prosperity, alleviating the pain that my people have endured.

Thank you. May the Noble Triple Gem bless you.

The Ministry of Agriculture of Sri Lanka is organizing an Agriculture Exhibition from December 11th -16th 2018 at Bandaranayke Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo Sri Lanka.

The exhibition will primarily focus on the modernization of Sri Lanka’s agriculture sector and portray activities spearheaded by the “Agriculture Sector, Modernization Project” of the Ministry. This exhibition is a professional agriculture event to showcase ground breaking innovating agriculture technology of the world to modernize the agriculture sector in Sri Lanka. The event could be used to disseminate information on the new development trends and processes within the agriculture sector to stakeholders. This exhibition will be ideal to showcase a wide range of new agricultural produce /products particularly those with a potential for exports. In addition to that this will be a good opportunity to explore Sri Lankan agriculture materials for foreign buyers and also foreign supplier to display agriculture materials and machinery.

Spectrum of Agriculture Products and Services on the exhibition is as follows:

  • Agriculture machinery and tools
  • Bio Technology
  • Agro Ecology
  • Protected Houses
  • Irrigation and Water Management
  • Floriculture
  • Home Garden
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Plant Protection
  • Landscaping
  • Pest Management
  • Fertilizer and chemicals
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Post Harvest Technology
  • Software and Hardware
  • Marketing and Export Services
  • Seed Technology

The exhibition will be held in both indoor and outdoor areas of the exhibition site.

Price per 3m x 3m space – US$ 200/- per day (6 days) = US$ 1,200/-

Please feel free to contact the following officers for further information.

Dr. Rohan  Wijekoon – Consultant Agriculture  Sector Modernization Project

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Mobile: +94 715 328 281

Mrs. Nimalka Morahela – Event Manager

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Mobile: +94 77 315 76 88

Please visit www.asmp.lk for further information.

Embassy of Sri Lanka

Washington DC

USA

September 21, 2018

Minister of Youth Affairs, Project Management and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayaka undertook an official visit to Washington D.C. from September 12-13. Minister Ratnayaka is also the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister.

During the visit Minister Ratnayaka met with Chairman Mac Thornberry of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee and Chairman Ted Yoho of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. The Minister also met with senior interlocutors of the National Security Council, the Department of State, the Department of Defence, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

Minister Sagala Ratnayaka briefed them on current developments in Sri Lanka. They discussed the ongoing Sri Lanka–U.S. partnership and opportunities for further expanding bilateral cooperation within the framework of President Donald Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy. In this context, he welcomed the recent announcement by the U.S. of approximately $39 million in Foreign Military Financing for Sri Lanka, pending congressional approval.

Minister Ratnayaka also expressed Sri Lanka’s deep appreciation to the U.S. for the transfer of the high-endurance ex-U.S. Coast Guard cutter to the Sri Lanka Navy in August. The cutter will be the largest ship in the Sri Lankan naval fleet and will strengthen bilateral defence cooperation and enhance the capacity and the operational capability of the Sri Lankan Navy to more effectively secure the country’s maritime interests.

Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Sri Lanka Priyanga Wickramasinghe and senior officials of the Embassy were associated with Minister Ratnayaka in the bilateral discussions.

Later, Minister Ratnayaka visited California where he attended the 2018 International Democrat Union (IDU) Meeting from September 16-18 at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is the Chairman of the Asia Pacific Democrat Union is an IDU Vice Chairman (ex-officio) since 2005.

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