Agenda item 2 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Geneva, 21 March 2018     Mr. President, Madam Deputy High Commissioner, Distinguished Delegates, It is an honour for me to be here today at the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council representing the Government of Sri Lanka. I am […]

 Video of Remarks by Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture  Introductory Remarks by Hon. Tilak Marapana, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Chairman of the Board of Management of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies   Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture  Colombo, 15 January 2018 Our chief guest today, the Hon. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister […]

UN EDITED SPEECH – 18.2.2015 ගරු මංගල සමරවීර මහතා (විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යතුමා) (மாண்புமிகு மங்கள சமரவீர – வெளிநாட்டலுவல்கள் அமைச்சர்) (The Hon. Mangala Samaraweera – Minister of Foreign Affairs) Hon. Presiding Member, as you may be aware, at the end of January, I was in Brussels, the home of the European Union. The objective of my visit was largely to revive positive relations and […]

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera making a speech in Parliament said because of the many regressions we have made, we have a long way yet to go before we can change perceptions and prove that we as a country can institute a domestic mechanism that is as effective and as just as any proposed international mechanism. […]

Statement (PDF) Address by Hon Tilak Marapana  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Indian Ocean Conference 2017  31st August- 1st September 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies & Gentlemen, The Indian Ocean has historically been a powerful communication channel for the spread of culture, global trade and commerce. Today, the Indian Ocean’s traditional status […]

Statement in (PDF) Format  Audio of Remarks Statement by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Foreign Affairs following bilateral talks with Hon. Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia on 19th July 2017 in Colombo Your Excellency Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, His Excellency Bryce Hutchesson, High Commissioner of Australia, Distinguished Delegates, Ladies […]

Video of Statement Opening Address by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Chairman of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute (LKI) at the commencement of proceedings of the Seminar on Emerging Issues in the Indian Ocean and Foreign Policy Forum Wednesday, 28 June 2017  Hon. Governors and Ministers, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: […]

Response to Hon. Nimal Siripala De Silva  –  WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE 2015 Honorable Speaker, I wish to answer the questions posed by the Hon. Leader of Opposition, relating to the US State Department Report titled ‘Country Reports on Terrorism and Patterns of Global Terrorism.’ The US State Department released their Counterterrorism Report this June 2015. The report covered the […]

PDF Document Sinhala Text (PDF) 15  March 2017    MEDIA RELEASE  Response to Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Media Release of 13 March 2017 On 13 March 2017 the former President of our country, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa, issued a media release titled “Constitutional and legal reforms to destroy the nation”.  My initial inclination, when confronted with statements […]