Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris had discussions on the latest developments in Sri Lanka with Dr. Liam Fox, Secretary of State for Defence in the new British Government of Prime Minister David Cameron.
The meeting took place in Singapore on the sidelines of the Shangr-La Dialogue on critical strategic and policy issues in the region. Prof. Peiris and Dr. Fox were both participants in the Dialogue, the Ministry of External Affairs said.
This was the first high level contact between President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Government and the incoming administration in the United Kingdom.
The two Ministers discussed a wide range of issues relating to the political situation in Sri Lanka and developments in respect of the economy. Prof. Peiris briefed Dr. Fox fully about the success achieved by the government of Sri Lanka regarding the resettlement of internally displaced persons, the scaling down of Emergency Regulations, the appointment of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, and current initiatives in the field of constitutional reform, the Ministry of External Affairs said.
The Minister of External Affairs also briefed Dr. Fox about his recent discussions with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon in New York.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has already met with the members of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, he said. Prof. Peiris told Dr. Fox: “The Commission is already up and running. We have not let the grass grow under our feet”. The Minister explained that the Commission is a home-grown mechanism, sensitive to local aspirations and values, and designed to serve as a practical instrument reinforcing the healing process.
The British Secretary of State for Defence assured Prof. Peiris about the support of the British Government for Sri Lanka’s efforts to rebuild her economy and to move towards lasting peace and reconciliation.
Comments - 15
Sunday, 06 June 2010 06:33 AM
Prof. Peiris should convince the West and the UN that their pro-LTTE stance is wrong and Sri Lanka is for all ethnic communities and not for Tamil Tigers terrosits or NGOs including UN. I am very confident that he will use all his powers including diplomatic and communication power to promote Sri Lanka .
Sunday, 06 June 2010 07:27 AM
Mr. Peris, be careful. Be a fox, otherwise you cannot deal with this cunning fox.
Sunday, 06 June 2010 08:08 AM
indeed. Though our people only seem to remember that when they need something.
Saturday, 05 June 2010 11:25 AM
GL, you are sooooo handsome and younger looking with black hair. Why not some Gel too.
Saturday, 05 June 2010 12:21 PM
Liam Fox is educated and experienced unlike the pig headed Milliband who was singing in the praises of terorosts. Hope they establish a cordial relationship.
Sunday, 06 June 2010 10:46 AM
I hope this prof will not bring home another federal solution.
Saturday, 05 June 2010 02:03 PM
the foreign ministry under the perfect person !
Saturday, 05 June 2010 02:03 PM
Mr. Peiris. Keep on rolling.we need the west to go forward. No country in the world can devolop without them.
Saturday, 05 June 2010 03:02 PM
I am sure Mr.Peiris will do a great job.
Saturday, 05 June 2010 04:00 PM
mmmmmmmmm.........what did Dr.Fox say?
Saturday, 05 June 2010 04:30 PM
What shall we do about that miserable lot that keep shouting that we don't need the west?
Saturday, 05 June 2010 04:47 PM
Hope Fox won't fox GL
Saturday, 05 June 2010 08:58 PM
is that how China became strongest economy in the world ?
Monday, 07 June 2010 05:52 AM
MR.PERIS -DONT GET FOXED
Sunday, 06 June 2010 03:24 AM
This is my request to Hon. President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Srilanka needs ministers like Prof. G.L. Peris, Or president should make present ministers follow him , this is very important to develop the nation in a quick way.
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