Statement of Sri Lanka under item 14 (e) of the General Segment of ECOSOC on 25 July 2007, Geneva

Sri Lankan delegation expressed its serious concern with regard to the recent trend of equating and clustering of countries and putting them in different baskets as a means of expressing the nature of different humanitarian situations in the world on 25th July 2007 under the item 14 (e) of the General Segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) being held in Geneva.


Statement made by Sri Lanka (by Dr. Dayaratna Silva), at Economic and Social Council of the UN, Substantive Session Under Agenda Item 5 on Humanitarian Affairs Segment on 17th July 2006, Geneva.

I would like to begin with by expressing my Delegation’s sincere appreciation for the excellent work done by the UN Secretariat in preparing for this meeting. At the same time I thank you in leading the efforts of this important Humanitarian Affairs Segment in this years’ substantive Session of ECOSOC.  


Speech made by Hon.Mahinda Samarasinghe - M/Disaster Managment & Human Rights in Sri Lanka at the launch of "Humanitarian Appeal 2007: Mid-Year Review" organised by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva




Sri Lanka is a country with an established tradition of democratic government. Fundamental rights are guaranteed in our Constitution and every organ of State is under a duty to respect, secure and advance these rights and freedoms said Hon.Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe addressing the meeting held in the UN Office in Geneva on 17 July to launch the "Humanitarian Appeal 2007: Mid-Year Review" organised by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva. Hon. Minister was present at the occasion on the invitation by Mr. John Holms, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. The Mid-Year Review of the 2007 Common Humanitarian Action Plan of the UN requests the international donor community to contribute US$ 98 million towards humanitarian operations in Sri Lanka.


Satement made by Mr. O.L. Ameerajwad, Counsellor on behalf of Sri Lanka delegation under Agenda item 5: Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the Substantive Session of ECOSOC 2007. Geneva 16 July 2007

Mr. President,

Let me, first of all, congratulate you for leading this important Humanitarian Affairs Segment in this year’s Substantive session of the ECOSOC and express sincere appreciation of my delegation to the Bureau and the UN Secretariat for the excellent arrangement made in preparation of this meeting.


Statement made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the 96th Session of the International Labour Conference Geneva, 15 June 2007

"We are determined that in a democracy like ours where political views can be expressed freely, political objectives must be realised through negotiation and dialogue and through compromise. There can be no room for extremism, and even less for violence," said President Mahinda Rajapaksa, addressing the 96th Sessions of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, today (June 15). 
"Terrorism has no place in the contemporary world. As a government, we are not prepared, at any cost, to bow down to terrorism," said President Rajapaksa, who asked: "Would any of your governments submit to terrorism had they been in our position?"


Statement by Mr. O.L. Ameer Ajwad, Counsellor on the President’s revised text on Institution Building of the Human Rights Council at the informal meeting with the President of the HRC during the 5TH session of the Council on 15th June 2007

Mr. President

My delegation wishes to express deep appreciation to you, for your tireless efforts in preparing a new text on institutional building of the Human Rights Council, which constitutes a good basis for our further work. You may be rest assured of the fullest cooperation of my delegation in achieving a consensual outcome of the entire package of the institutional building process, by the end of the 5th Session.


Statement made by Dr.A.R.Perera , PC - Legal Advisor - Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 30 May at the 59th Session of the International Law Commission in Geneva

Since I am taking the floor for the first time, permit me to extend to the Chairman Mr. Ian Brownlie, you Mr. Vice-Chairman and other members of the Bureau my warm felicitations on your elections to the Bureau of the Commission. Under the able leadership and wise guidance of the Chairman and the Members of the Bureau, I have every confidence that the work of the 59th Session of the ILC would be extremely productive and achieve the objectives that it has set for itself. As a new member of the Commission I will make every endeavour to assist the Commission in this task.


Address by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Healthcare and Nutrition of Sri Lanka at the 60th World Health Assembly, Geneva – 16th May, 2006

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Mme. President, Director General, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

First let me congratulate you Mme. President and our Vice Presidents for your election to this high office.

On behalf of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka I wish to offer my special congratulations and best wishes to our Director General, Dr Margaret Chan for being elected to lead this Organization for the next five years. With the exceptional commitment and leadership that Dr. Chan brings to her work, we have the utmost confidence that WHO and the future health of the world, is in very safe hands.


Statement by the President of the Conference on Disarmament - HE Ambassador Sarala Fernando -Sri Lanka , Opening of the 1061st Plenary Meeting 20 March 2007.

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I call to order the 1061st plenary meeting of the Conference on Disarmament.

I have the honour to convey the following message of good wishes addressed to the Conference by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Hon. Rohitha Bogollagama.

‘I have great pleasure in addressing this special message on the occasion of Sri Lanka’s assumption of the Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament. As a small, yet always engaged member State of the United Nations, Sri Lanka’s assumption of the Presidency of this Conference is yet another manifestation of its commitment to and belief in multilateral diplomacy as the indispensable means to address major global challenges and enhance the prospects of a stable, just and peaceful world. The Conference on Disarmament, as the sole multilateral negotiating body on disarmament matters has a proud history of codification and remains relevant in our constant endeavour to free the world from all weapons of mass destruction.


Hon Athauda Seneviratne Minister of Labour Relations and Foreign Employment of Sri Lanka, Ninety-fifth session of the International Labour Conference

Mr. President,

On behalf of the Government and the delegation of Sri Lanka, let me extend our sincere congratulations to you and the Vice Presidents on your election to preside over the 95th Session of the International Labour Conference.  We also greet Director General Somavia, thank him for the comprehensive presentation of the three Reports, and support the recommendations for action.



Mr. Chairman,

The statement of the EU delegation under this Item highlighted human rights concerns in respect of several countries, including Sri Lanka. The Special Rapporteur on Extra Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Mr. Philip Alston, in his introductory statement presenting his report, also referred to Sri Lanka.

We appreciate the Special Rapporteur's abiding interest in Sri Lanka, following his recent official visit to my country and thank the EU delegation, for its support for pursuit of peace and promotion of human rights in my country. My delegation however, would like to take this opportunity to clarify some aspects of all concerns expressed and brief this Committee on recent developments in Sri Lanka.



Statement by Sri Lanka at the 57th session of the UNHCR Executive Committee – 3 October 2006

Statement by Sri Lanka at the 57th session of the

UNHCR Executive Committee – 3 October 2006

Mr Chairman, dear Asian Colleague,

The delegation of Sri Lanka congratulates you on your well deserved election to chair this 57thsession of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme and our good wishes also to the Bureau. We wish Deputy High Commissioner Wendy Chamberlin all the best for future success and thank her for her endeavours at UNHCR.


Statement of Sri Lanka at the Seventh meeting of the State Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on Their Destruction-18-22 September 2006, Geneva

Madam President,

On behalf of the observer delegation of Sri Lanka, I would like to congratulate you on your election as President of this meeting. The delegation of Sri Lanka would like to take the floor under this agenda item to provide a brief account of its position with regard to the Ottawa Convention as well as the on-going humanitarian de-mining activities in the country.


Statement by Delegation of Sri Lanka following update by High Commissioner of Human Rights at the HRC on 18th September, 2006

Mr. President,

I would like to thank High Commissioner Arbour for her update on the current global human rights situation.  We had hoped however that OHCHR would have engaged our Mission earlier to convey your concerns on Sri Lanka.  We have always been available for fostering a dialogue of cooperation and mutual respect.


Statement by Hon Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights of Sri Lanka- on 30 August 2006 at the Launch of the Common Humanitarian Action Plan for Sri Lanka from -September to December, 2006

Mr. Chairman

Distinguished delegates and

representatives of UN and International Organizations

I am in Switzerland to make a presentation at the Conference on International Disaster Reduction which is being held in Davos.  Having received an invitation from UNDP, I am also pleased on this same occasion to be able to make a statement at today’s launch of the Common Humanitarian Action Plan for Sri Lanka and to present some perspectives from the Government of Sri Lanka.


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