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MEDIA STATEMENT

The Ministry of External Affairs is surprised at some of the recent statements on the outcome of the case filed by the LTTE in 2011 at the General Court of the European Union in which the Council of the European Union was the defendant supported by the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the European Commission as interveners. These statements by interested parties are based on an inaccurate premise.

The Ministry of External Affairs wishes to state that from the outset of the case being filed, legal advice and expert opinion were sought from within the European Union system and specialist European lawyers. Accordingly, the Government of Sri Lanka took action in the most effective manner available, by providing material of a substantive nature to the defendant and the interveners on a regular basis. This was in accordance with Sri Lanka being a non-member state of the European Union and having therefore to meet special conditions, contrary to the national interest of Sri Lanka, in order to be allowed to intervene itself in cases before the General Court of the European Union.

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Sri Lanka represented at the largest SME Fair in the  Asia Pacific region in Guangzhou

Mrs. Sujatha Weerakoon, Director General of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board speaking at the opening of the SL Pavilion Sri Lanka participated for the first time at the 11th edition of the China International SME Fair (CISMEF) in Guangzhou from 11 to 14 October 2014.  The Sri Lanka Pavilion...

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Six Sri Lankan Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Companies, namely Brandix I3 ((PVT) Ltd., hSenid Software International, Microimage Pvt. Ltd., Negete (Pvt.) Limited, Pyxle (Pvt) Ltd. and AP Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. showcased their software products and services at “GITEX Technology Week”...

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Ambassador Amunugama meets State Secretary for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany

The Ambassador of Sri Lanka for Germany, Karunatilaka Amunugama held a meeting with Hans Joachim Fuchtel, State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany in Berlin recently. The Ambassador thanked the Federal Ministry for the assistance extended to Sri Lanka for...

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Sri Lanka Signs the Minamata Convention on Mercury

Dr. Palitha Kohona, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, signed the Minamata convention on Mercury on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka on 8th October 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Minamata Convention is a global treaty to protect...

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Official Inauguration of “Knowing Sri Lanka” program in the state of Kerala

“Knowing Sri Lanka” program, an initiative of Honorary Consulate of Sri lanka in Kerala, targeting the student community in the state was officially unveiled in the presence of a large gathering on Wednesday, October 01, 2014 at the SMV High School in the capital city, Trivandrum. The event was...

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Central Bank to end foreign exchange controls

Central Bank to end foreign exchange controls

Friday 24th October 2014 The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) will be completely removing its capital account foreign exchange controls for locals within the next 2-3 years to realize the government’s goal for t he country as a global business hub.“Global business means there can be no foreign exchange controls. People will deal with any currency. Next 2-3 years our country will also be a global business centre. There will not be exchange controls and we will be operating in the global economy,” CBSL Deputy Governor P. Samarasiri said at the launch of the Lanka Money Transfer service. He said that current account transfers for any amount have been fully liberalized, while in...

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‘‘More to UN’s work in SL than is perceived’’

‘‘More to UN’s work in SL than is perceived’’

Friday, 24th October 2014 United Nations Resident Co-ordinator Subinay Nandy in an interview with the  coinciding with the celebration of the 69th United Nations day today, shared his views on the common perception of the UN in Sri Lanka, the work carried out by the body and its future goals. Q : There’s been a lot of skepticism in this country with regard to the work of the UN. Do you think this skepticism is justified? Firstly, thank you very much for talking to us and as we are heading towards the 69th Anniversary of the United Nations in a few days time  it is a good opportunity for us to be able to talk to you and your readership in Sri Lanka. I wish to...

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Sri Lanka’s focus on development attracts major Indian companies

Sri Lanka’s focus on development attracts major Indian companies

Friday, 24th October 2014 BY S VENKAT NARAYAN Our Special Correspondent President Mahinda Rajapaksa resuming the train services to Jaffna NEW DELHI, October 23: Last week, when the "Queen of Jaffna" arrived in Jaffna after a gap of almost 24 years, it not only marked a significant milestone for Sri Lanka, but also for India’s contribution to rebuilding infrastructure in the island nation that was ravaged by a three-decade-long civil war between government troops and Tamil rebels. Several sections of the 339km-long railway line linking Colombo to Jaffna were built by Ircon International Ltd, an Indian government-controlled company that specializes in transport infrastructure....

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Canada terror attack: Situation similar to post-1983 crisis in northern SL – Gotabhaya

Canada terror attack: Situation similar to post-1983 crisis in northern SL – Gotabhaya

Friday, 24th October 2014 by Shamindra Ferdinando Regretting the loss of lives due to unprecedented terrorist attacks in Canada during the week, Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa yesterday said the situation there was very much similar to that of Sri Lanka in the early 80s.  The Defence Secretary likened the threat faced by Canada to the situation that prevailed in the northern region before the LTTE ambushed an army patrol on the night of July 23, 1983 and claimed the lives of 13 servicemen. Two separate incidents on Monday (Oct 20) near Montreal and on Wednesday in capital, Ottawa (Oct 22) claimed the lives of two soldiers and two terrorists. At...

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President condemns Canada shooting

President condemns Canada shooting

Friday, 24th October 2014 President Mahinda Rajapaksa last morning condemned the shooting incident in Canada. “It is very disturbing to see increasing terrorists acts in many countries, now even Canada. We must unite as equal partners to fight this menace,” the President tweeted. A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the capital Ottawa was shot dead on Wednesday. Gunfire also erupted inside Parliament and authorities say at least one gunman was killed. (PRIU)  From: http://www.dailynews.lk:8082/?q=local/president-condemns-canada-shooting  

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