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Appeal for relief assistance for victims of floods in Sri Lanka

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka has informed that heavy pre-monsoon rains in  Sri Lanka have caused the deaths of at least sixteen people and more than 130,000 people have been affected in 20 District as of 25th May 2018. Four districts are on "red alert" for possible landslides.

Sri Lankan expatriates and well-wishers, who wish to contribute towards the flood relief work conducted by the National Disaster Relief Service Center, are kindly requested to send financial contributions as advised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sri Lanka, directly to:

Disaster Relief Account No: 7040171

Bank of Ceylon, Torrington Square

Ministry of Disaster Management


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Sri Lanka High Commission, Ottawa                         

 

 

Sri Lanka showcases its Fight Against Corruption at UN High Level Debate

 

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Sri Lanka participated prominently in the High Level debate of the United Nations General Assembly to mark the 15th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The event was held on 23 May 2018 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and was well attended by ministers and other high officials of anti- corruption entities of member states. The Convention was adopted by the  UN General Assembly on 31 October 2003, and entered into force upon ratification bythirty States on 14 December 2005. Today, a vast majority of United Nations Member States are parties (184 countries) to the Convention. Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to become a party to the Convention in March 2004.

Read more: Sri Lanka showcases its Fight Against Corruption at UN High Level Debate

 

Visit of State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake to Jordan, 9-11 May 2018

 

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State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake paid an official visit to Jordan from 9 to 11 May 2018.  During the visit State Minister Senanayake met with officials of Amman Chamber of Commerce and held discussions on bilateral trade issues. He encouraged the Jordanian authorities to explore the possibility of making value added tea catering to various localized palates using bulk tea imports from Sri Lanka. Currently, tea imported from Sri Lanka to Jordan is re-exported to neighboring Syria, Iraq and Palestine. Further, the Amman Chamber of Commerce officials agreed to take up the issue of restrictions placed on fruit imports from Sri Lanka with the Jordan Ministry of Agriculture. The Amman Chamber of Commerce also agreed to send a delegation comprising high-level business leaders to the Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2018 scheduled to be held from 19th to 21st June 2018 in Colombo.

Read more: Visit of State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake to Jordan, 9-11 May 2018

 

President Maithripala Sirisena’s State Visit to Iran

 

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On an invitation extended by President Hassan Rouhani, President Sirisena undertook a two-day State visit to Iran on 12 and 13 May 2018 that included official bilateral discussions between the delegations led by the two Presidents at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, and a meeting with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Read more: President Maithripala Sirisena’s State Visit to Iran

   

OMP HOLDS CONSULTATIONS IN MANNAR

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The first public consultation of the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) can be considered as a success, says Chairman of the OMP, Saliya Peiris PC, as around 250 family members of missing persons attended the meeting in Mannar yesterday(12th).

Peiris told that the commission met with family members of those reported missing, along with civil society groups and members of media. “We engaged in a productive discussion with them where they raised the many concerns they had about the process,” he said, adding that the majority of the families appeared to be disheartened and frustrated but also hopeful they may receive the answers they are searching for.

With the OMP commencing its operations, he said the office hopes to gain the trust of the people through its process. Earlier, member of the OMP, Dr Nimalka Fernando was quoted assuring the families that their problems will be addressed and asking the families to place their trust in the newly formed office.

However, according to regional correspondents attending the meeting, the public had raised their concerns, claiming they were finding it difficult to have faith in the office after the long period they have had to go through without receiving any answers about their missing family members. As a result, many are said to have requested an international mechanism to be put in place.

Meanwhile, Peiris also said much still needs to be done with the setting of the OMP such as hiring necessary staff. “It will happen simultaneously along with the public process,” he said, adding that, however, a time frame cannot be given as it is an ongoing and complex process.

The series of regional level consultations are considered a vital and the initial step in the process to operationalise the functions of the OMP to assist the families of missing persons. Commencing in Mannar, the OMP will visit Matara, Trincomalee, Mullaitivu, Kandy, Kilinochchi, Jaffna, Batticaloa and Ampara in the first phase.

The office while understanding the urgency and frustrations of the families has requested them to be patient so that the office can ensure the vital processes put in place.

Source:https://www.news.lk/news/sri-lanka/item/20513-omp-holds-consultations-in-mannar

   

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