Excellencies, Mr. Chairman,   1. On behalf of the Group of 77 and China, allow me to express my warm congratulations to you on your election, as well as to the other members of the Bureau conducting this 57th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). Rest assured of the full support and cooperation […]

The Ministry of External Affairs wishes to refer to some media reports sourcing a spokesman of the Embassy of the United States in Colombo, regretting that Sri Lanka had refused a visa for Catherine M. Russell, the United States Ambassador –at-large for Global Women’s Issues, to visit the country.

While I warmly welcome His Excellency Surapong Tovichakchaikul, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand to Sri Lanka, I am pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the 3rd Joint Commission between Sri Lanka and Thailand. Sri Lanka’s hosting of the current session signifies the renewed vigour with which we pursue our bilateral […]

Minister of External Affairs Prof. G. L. Peiris stated that all politically motivated campaigns against Sri Lanka would fail as they were based on wrong information and not on objective assessments. Addressing the media at the Ministry on 21st June 2011, Minister Peiris described the recent visit of President Mahinda Rajapaksa to St. Petersburg, Russia […]

The Government of Sri Lanka has noted the statement by the British Foreign Office Minister for South Asia, Alistair Burt on the Channel 4 documentary telecast on 14th June 2011.  This documentary, like the Darusman Report, does no more than put together a sequence of events and images, to justify a conclusion arrived at in […]

The Ministry of External Affairs directed its High Commission in London to issue a statement on this matter. The Ministry’s statement was issued in London on Wednesday, 15th June, 2011. Appended  below is the statement. Statement by Sri Lanka High Commission, London on the Channel 4 Film “Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields” The Government of Sri Lanka categorically […]

President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently appointed several Heads of Missions who are due to take up their overseas assignments shortly. Among them are senior Foreign Service Officers and other distinguished personalities from various fields and services.   The details are as follows: List of New Heads of Missions Admiral Tissara Samarasinghe –  High Commissioner-designate – Australia Mr. […]

  Mr. President, Sri Lanka welcomes the Special Rapporteur’s efforts to provide the government an opportunity to respond to his technical note, we would however  like to observe that  the whole exercise did not achieve its full potential. Firstly the report contained blurred and illegible images which were not of a quality that could be examined […]

Mr PresidentExcellenciesMadam High CommissionerDistinguished 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 […]