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Sri Lanka condemns loss of civilian lives in Gaza

21st Special Session of the Human Rights Council

Human Rights Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Statement by Sri Lanka

23 July 2014

Mr. President,

We welcome the convening of this special session of the Human Rights Council to address the current human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and refer the Council to the Statement made by Iran on behalf of the Non Aligned Movement.

Mr. President,

The Government of Sri Lanka is deeply concerned at the recent escalation of violence in Gaza, resulting in the tragic loss of civilian lives, and extensive damage to property. One cannot remain unmoved by the cruel fate of children who are innocent victims of violence. We offer our deepest condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones and for the devastation and grief they have suffered recently.

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In commemoration of the holy month of Ramadan, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC hosted an Iftar for the Sri Lankan-American Muslims. The event was attended by several community leaders as well as US and Embassy officials. In his welcome remarks, addressing the gathering, Ambassador Prasad...

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First Lady of Sri Lanka visits China

Madam Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa, the First Lady met with Madam Peng  Liyuan, Spouse of H.E. Xi Jinping President of the People’s Republic of China, on the 7th July 2014 at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. The First Lady of Sri Lanka, Madam Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa,...

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Sri Lankan exhibitors of Ceylon tea at North America’s largest food and beverage fair, 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show

“Let’s work together for an ambitious plan for doubling current market share of Ceylon tea in the US market”, stated- Sri Lanka’s new envoy to USA, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam. Continuing the vigorous campaign to promote Ceylon Tea in the United States, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington...

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Minister Basil Rajapaksa visits China to attend “Sri Lanka Shines in Shanghai” promotional event series

Arrival of VIPs at the Gala Night As a part of his official tour of China, the Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa, visited Shanghai as Special Envoy of President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Trade and Commerce from 3rd to 6th July 2014. This visit also coincided with the “Sri Lanka...

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Farewell Luncheon for Ambassador Sarath Kongahage hosted by the Foreign Office

The German Federal Foreign Ministry hosted a luncheon at the fashionable “Bocca di Bacco”-restaurant in the centre of Berlin to bid farewell for Ambassador Sarath Kongahage on the conclusion of his tour of duty as Sri Lankan Ambassador for Germany. Present were among others Mr. Peter Pruegel,...

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Signor back ashore with renewed hopes BJP delights Govt

Signor back ashore with renewed hopes BJP delights Govt

Thursday, 24th July 2014 By Kelum Bandara In 1505, a few Portuguese vessels under the guidance of Dom Lourenço de Almeida came   ashore to Sri Lanka mainly in their search of spices.  After more than 500 years, Portugal now looks for better ties with Sri Lanka, but not for the spice trade. It seeks to revive its relations with Sri Lanka, as a former Portuguese colony, in a new world order in which interests of both countries concerned have changed both in quality and quantity.  As a milestone in this revival attempt and renewed international co-operation covering a broad spectrum  of bilateral relations, Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho undertook...

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MPs express regret over July ’83 riots

MPs express regret over July ’83 riots

Thursday, 24th July 2014  No more ‘Black July’ A peace program was organised yesterday remembering ‘Black July,’ the anti-Tamil program and riots which started on 23 July 1983, following which the country experienced nearly three decades of war against Tamil militant groups with demands for a separate state. The program, organised by campus lecturers, students and various artistes, was held at the Viharamahadevi Park Open Air Stadium – Pix by Shehan Gunasekara A group of Parliamentarians from the Government and the Opposition have expressed regret over the incidents of July 1983 and called for trust to be restored between all communities...

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MR shuns C’wealth event in UK due to ‘security concerns’

MR shuns C’wealth event in UK due to ‘security concerns’

Thursday, 24th July 2014 by Shamindra Ferdinando An LTTE protest during President Rajapaksa’s last visit to the UK. Taking into consideration the failure on the part of the British government to restraining the UK based LTTE groups during his previous visits, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided against attending the World War I Commemorative Service for the Commonwealth at Glasgow Cathedral on August 4. External Affairs Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris, has, in a letter addressed to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport as well as Minister of Equalities stressed that the decision to skip the Commonwealth event had been taken due to the British government’s failure on...

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Dr. PB says Govt. boosting forex reserves with stable currency

Dr. PB says Govt. boosting forex reserves with stable currency

Thursday, 24th July 2014          Express confidence economy will grow by 7.8% in 2014 Reuters: Sri Lanka is building up its foreign exchange reserves while keeping its rupee currency stable as the island nation seeing more dollar inflows, Finance Secretary P.B. Jayasundera said on Wednesday.  Finance Secretary  Dr. P. B. Jayasundera The Central Bank has absorbed more than $ 750 million so far this year due to a rise in inflows from exports, tourism and remittances and has said the local currency would have gained to 125 rupees against the US currency had it not done so. The rupee ended Wednesday...

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We will not allow an intrusive foreign probe - Dr. Subramanian Swamy

We will not allow an intrusive foreign probe - Dr. Subramanian Swamy

Tuesday, 23rd July 2014 Dr. Subramanian Swamy - Chairman, BJP Committee on Strategic Action and Member of BJP’s National Executive Committee in an exclusive interview with Daily Mirror spoke candidly on what to expect in changes to India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Modi’s administration and on India’s support to Sri Lanka. Following are the excerpts: The fundamental milestones from which you can distinguish the variations would be the priority given to SAARC countries - it was reflected well when invitations were sent to all the SAARC country leaders for the Prime Minister’s swearing in ceremony. we would be non-aligned in interactions between China and the US. The...

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