New Zealand FM to visit Jaffna

31 October 2013 06:54 am - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully is to travel to the predominantly Tamil northern region of Sri Lanka next month to see first-hand civilian life since the end of the country's long civil war in 2009.

McCully said Thursday he would make the trip while attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo from Nov. 10 to 17.

"New Zealand has a strong interest in the progress being made on reconciliation and devolution in the north and I will report back to the Prime Minister (John Key) on the situation there ahead of the CHOGM Leader's Retreat," McCully said in a statement.

"CHOGM sets the Commonwealth's agenda for the coming two years, and with 53 member states home to more than 2 billion people, a number of significant global issues will be up for discussion."

McCully will also attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Foreign Ministers' Meeting in New Delhi, India, on Nov. 11 and 12.

"The ASEM meeting is an important forum for discussing issues affecting European and Asian states and strengthening the relationship between the two regions," McCully said. (Xinhua)

  Comments - 10

  • Tharanga Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:34 PM


    Ku at Thursday, 31 October 2013 12:14 PM

    why do foreign leaders want to visit only Jaffna, not Ambanthota?

    Ranjith Silvar Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:38 AM

    This is good. Seeing is believing.

    Suq Madique Thursday, 31 October 2013 01:41 PM


    ram Friday, 01 November 2013 02:40 AM

    Because Jaffna going to be another capitol of Sri Lanka means..
    And to meet our president Wickneswaran of north east .

    Suq Madique Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:55 AM

    Going to look for any shortcomings and carry tails back to the PM?

    Kiris Baba Amaray Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:57 AM

    No problem, the SriLankan Government will extend the co-operation to any world leaders to go anywhere in our country, to see the development programme, initiated by Mahinda Rajapakshe's Govt. after the war. Then only the world will know the reality.

    Yuri Friday, 01 November 2013 09:50 AM

    Not your Development program its China Program.. correct please.

    Yuri Friday, 01 November 2013 09:51 AM

    Oh and also you would wonder how would we Mortgage the Country !!

    Jayasekara Thursday, 31 October 2013 11:28 AM

    better to have CHOGM in Jaffna more leader will come

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