Hon. Mahinda Samarasingha addresses the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva,  

 
Mr President
Excellencies
Madam High Commissioner
Distinguished delegates
 
I wish to commend the constructive manner in which you, Mr President, have been conducting the work of the Human Rights Council. Our deliberations have been guided by you with sagacity and sensitivity, aimed at achieving the objectives of our agenda in a fair and equitable manner. You have the fullest cooperation and support of my delegation for the work of the Council.

Only we can solve our own problems, and none other
President at Ranaviru Day celebrations

 “We have An Armed Force committed to rebuild the country”

 “We will not heed to the demands of separatists or terrorists”


We do not hesitate to ensure the democratic and human rights of the citizens living in north and east. But we will not heed to the demands of separatists or terrorists. When people in this country do not accept their demands, they look for ways to make us bow down using foreign influence. But I must emphasize that no one can do anything in this country without the consent of our people. It is only we who can solve our own problems, and no one else, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the nation, at the 2nd Ranaviru Day celebrations at Galle Face, Colombo today ( May 27).

 

Joint Media Release
 
The Minister of Agriculture of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Yapa Abeywardane,  and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the State of Israel Orit Noked, who is currently on a bilateral visit to Sri Lanka, explored new vistas of mutual cooperation between Sri Lanka and Israel . They agreed that the field of  agriculture carries a great potential for joint cooperation in the future.
 
Both Ministers highlighted the fields of dairy production, nurseries, post harvest technologies, water management and potato cultivation for potential mutual collaboration.
 
The Ministers further agreed that cooperation in the agricultural sector,  implemented through close partnerships between the Governments as well as business entities would add further impetus to the burgeoning relations between the two countries.
 
 
Colombo
5th May 2011

 

Statement by the Minister of External Affairs to Parliament on the Report of the Panel appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations.

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