The new Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs, Mr. Karunatilaka Amunugama assumed office today (28th March 2011) at the Ministry at a simple ceremony. He was welcomed on his arrival by senior officials of the Ministry.

Mr. Amunugama was appointed as the new External Affairs Secretary succeeding Mr. Romesh Jayasinghe.

Mr. Amunugama joined the Sri Lanka Foreign Service in 1985 and has served in many Sri Lanka Missions abroad.  He has also served as Sri Lanka’s Ambassador in Bangkok, Tokyo and Beijing, prior to his appointment as the External Affairs Secretary.

Ministry of External Affairs
Colombo

28th March 2011

Sri Lanka at the senior management of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague 

The Sri Lanka Ambassador to The Netherlands and Permanent Representatives to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague Mrs. Grace A Asirwatham has been appointed as the Deputy Director General of the OPCW. An official announcement to this effect was made by H.E. Mr. Ahmet Uzumcu, Director General of the OPCW on 15th February, 2011, during the 63rd Session of the Executive Council.  Ambassador Asirwatham’s appointment was welcomed with approbation by the members to the Executive Council.

EU re-lists LTTE following comprehensive review of listed terrorist groups  

  
The European Union (EU) has re-listed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) following a comprehensive review of listed terrorist groups. The announcement was made through Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 83/2011 of 31 January 2011, published in the Official Journal of the European Union.


Minister of External Affairs Prof G.L. Peiris briefs Diplomatic Community on Progress Made by Inter-Agency  Committee (IAC) in Implementing the Recommendations of the LLRC.

Inter-Agency Committee to facilitate the implementation of the Interim Communication of the Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), holds its initial session    

The Inter-Agency Committee to facilitate the implementation of the Interim Communication of the Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), had its initial session under the Chairmanship of Attorney-General Mohan Pieris on 24th November. It would be recalled that the Lessons Learnt & Reconciliation Commission presented to President Mahinda Rajapaksa in September interim recommendations covering several issues. These recommendations were based on a careful consideration of the representations received by the Commission from many quarters.

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