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The Heads of Government and their representatives posing for the Official Photograph at The Opening Ceremony of The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), in Nelum Pokuna, Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre, Colombo, on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.



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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan, calls on Minister Peiris



General Rashal Mahmood, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan, called on Professor G.L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, recently. Prof. Peiris referred to the excellent bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in all sectors, and expressed appreciation of the strong support extended by Pakistan to Sri Lanka at the Human Rights Council. The discussion covered all aspects of relations between the two countries, with special reference to defence co-operation.





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Delivering the Opening Statement at the Plenary Discussion Forum at the United Nations in Vienna on 4th April 2014, Minister of Youth Affairs & Skills Development, Hon. Dullas Alahapperuma highlighted the importance of skills development and building of entrepreneurial capacities of youth in order...

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What people of Lanka’s North want is good education for their children - Singapore Minister K. Shanmugam

What people of Lanka’s North want is good education for their children - Singapore Minister K. Shanmugam

Friday, 4th April 2014. By Maheesha Mudugamuwa Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore Chairman Ambassador Gopinath Pillai, Singapore Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam and Sri Lanka External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L Peiris at the launch of the Encyclopaedia of The Sri Lankan Diaspora. Pic by Sujatha Jayaratne What the people of Sri Lanka’s North needed was a good education as well a better life for their children, Singapore Foreign Affairs and Law Minister K. Shanmugam said yesterday. Addressing the MOU signing ceremony and the launch of the encyclopaedia of the Sri Lankan diaspora at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo, the minister said that by further...


War crimes allegations: India calls on UNHRC to help SL conduct domestic probe

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Friday, 4th April 2014. By Zacki Jabbar India said yesterday that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) should, instead of pursuing an international probe into allegations of war crimes against the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE, encourage Colombo to conduct a comprehensive, independent and credible national investigation. In an exclusive interview with The Island the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo, Y. K. Sinha said that his country which skipped last week’s US backed UNHRC resolution calling for an international inquiry into allegations of serious human rights violations in Sri Lanka, during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission...


Geneva Vote: Sri Lanka needs patience, not revenge

Geneva Vote: Sri Lanka needs patience, not revenge

OPINION Thursday, 3rd April 2014. By Sugeeswara Senadhira Sri Lanka, while vehemently rejecting the US-sponsored resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last Thursday (27 March) , is pleasantly surprised at India's decision to abstain from voting for the resolution, taking at least a 90 degree turn from the earlier policy of voting for the resolution in 2012 and 2013. President Mahinda Rajapkasa told AFP within hours of the Geneva voting that "It is encouraging that India did not vote against us." Within 24 hours of the Geneva vote, Rajapaksa ordered to start the legal process to release all Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody. External Affairs Minister,...


Understanding India’s UN abstention on Sri Lanka

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