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Sri Lanka condoles with Japanese people on landslide tragedy

It is with a deep sense of shock and sadness that the people of Sri Lanka learnt of the devastating landslide that had struck Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan yesterday resulting in a number of deaths and massive destruction of property.

The Government and people of Sri Lanka extend their deepest condolences to members of the bereaved families. Their thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan during this difficult time, particularly all those whose lives have been affected by this devastating natural disaster.

Sri Lanka is confident that the Japanese people would be able to overcome the challenges with their innate fortitude and courage.

Ministry of External Affairs
Colombo
21st August 2014

SAARC Secretary General meets Minister of External Affairs

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As a part of the introductory visits to SAARC Member States, the new Secretary General of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Arjun B. Thapa, is currently visiting Sri Lanka.

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High Commissioner Pillay seeks to influence the OHCHR investigation process

The Ministry of External Affairs regrets the comments made to the media by the outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Navanethem Pillay, relating to the investigation on Sri Lanka that has been undertaken by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) following the adoption by a vote of Resolution 25/1 in March 2014. In an e-mail interview to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, High Commissioner Pillay states that “the United Nations can conduct an effective investigation into reports of war crimes in Sri Lanka without visiting the country.”

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GL underlines the need for diplomatic missions to respect local sensitivities

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In a comprehensive briefing for Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Sri Lanka at the Ministry of External Affairs, last Thursday (7th August) Professor G.L. Peiris dealt with several current developments.

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