News release and full text of the statement made by Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinghe at the screening of "Sri Lanka's Killing Fields" at the European Parliament on 12th October 2011.

Ambassador Aryasinha says “human rights groups in indecent hurry to vilify Sri Lanka ahead of the release of the LLRC report”

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg and the EU Ravinatha Aryasinha has said the timing of the screening of the film ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ at the European Parliament  today ( 12 October 2011) was particularly sinister, coming on the eve of the presentation of the LLRC Report due next month. The Ambassador said, “it would appear that Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Crisis Group who sponsored the screening, are intent on pre-judging and discrediting the LLRC report even before it is released”. He added that “this indecent hurry to host such events and to call for international inquiries, is probably due to their fear that once the LLRC report comes out, they will be short of one further excuse, with which to continue their obsessive attack on the Government of Sri Lanka”.

Statement by Ambassador H.E. Palitha T.B. Kohona
 Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
Special event on
“The Role of Youth in Sustainable Development)
26th September, 2011

First of all, I would like to welcome you to this event and thank the Panelists for their wonderful contributions.  I would like to congratulate the Secretary General, the President of the General Assembly and the Member States for the highly successful UN High Level Meeting on Youth in July this year. It was an unprecedented event and was the beginning, or even the consolidation, of a major UN initiative.  A particular thank you is owed to the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development and all the youth-led organizations.  Your efforts are clearly acknowledged. 

Statement by Hon Mahinda Samarasinghe, MP,
Minister of Plantation Industries and
Special Envoy of H.E. the President of Sri Lanka
on Human Rights
United Nations Human Rights Council
Geneva, 12 September 2011

Madam President,

It is my privilege to once again address this august body as head of the Sri Lanka delegation. We come here as always,  Madam President, to share with the members of this Council and the other representatives of the community of nations, our experiences in overcoming the several challenges we face in the present era – an era that offers a fresh hope of a new Sri Lanka. The dawn of this new era coincided with the end of the armed conflict in 2009 just over 2 years ago. In that time, Sri Lanka, has made considerable – some may call it astounding – progress in addressing the many challenges that nearly 30 years of conflict poses to a nation, her Government and people.

“Harnessing the knowledge of expatriates for national development”

The National Science foundation (Under the purview of the Ministry of Technology & Research) in Collaboration with UNESCO is organizing a Global forum of Scientists of Sri Lankan origin. This forum is scheduled to take place from the 13-15 of December 2011 in Colombo and shall play a crucial role in the formulation of a national strategy for collaborating with expatriates from the fields of research, conservation, capacity building and sustainable economic development in the country.

All Sri Lankan expatriates residing in the U.S. who are seeking means of supporting the post war recovery and development efforts in Sri Lanka are kindly requested to visit for detailed information.

Please click here to view the tentative program of the forum

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