SL's anti-corruption efforts not rhetorical: Harsha

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Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Harsha de Silva said the Sri Lankan Government under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had taken several measures to prevent corruption, to seek out stolen assets and to build the capacity for curbing corruption and bribery in an effective, comprehensive and result-oriented manner.

At a high level segment of the Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption held in the Russian City of St. Petersburgh, he outlined the independent institutions that have been put in place, especially following the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, as well as other investigative mechanisms in line with the mandate received by the Government at both the presidential and parliamentary elections.

“In a country where anti-corruption was only a rhetorical commitment under the previous government, the measures which have now been taken represented a paradigm shift aimed at contributing towards a culture of good governance. The National Unity Government is encouraging civil society and the business sector to assist in combating corruption,” Dr. de Silva said.

Participating in the 6th Session of the Conference hosted by the Russian Government, Dr. de Silva also held several bilateral consultations on the sidelines of the meeting.

The Sri Lanka delegation included Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in Vienna, A.L.A. Azeez; Commission to Investigate Bribery or Corruption Director General Dilrukshi Wickramasinghe; Stolen Assets Recovery Task Force President J.C. Weliamuna; Additional Solicitor General Wasantha Bandara and the Minister in the Sri Lankan Embassy in Moscow, Samantha Pathirana.
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  • gemunu Thursday, 05 November 2015 02:15 AM

    Alutgama incident has nothing to do with corruptions but massive scale corruptions such as the 40 t0n gold haul and murders should be investigated

    simon Wednesday, 04 November 2015 05:56 PM

    Not sure why he was not appointed as Finance Minister since he has all the qualifications needed rather than foreign minister !

    Mason Wednesday, 04 November 2015 06:26 PM

    Not having brought anyone to trial although ten months have elapsed since investigations began and sweeping the CB bond scam under the carpet is not comprehensive and effective way of combating bribery and corruption.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 04 November 2015 06:34 PM

    Deeds need not be voiced but better seen in clear action and practice. So far it is pure rhetoric. Despite video coverage, have the culprits if race riots Aluthgama taken into custody and punished? Corruption of gigantic proportions are declared, but we see the perpetrators still waving, smiling and even showing their finger at the law.

    karu Wednesday, 04 November 2015 07:37 PM

    Nothing, but empty rhetoric. Massive amount of public wealth has been plundered by a selected few leaving huge gaps for pilfering the leftover by others. You are yet to prove your worth.

    Mason Thursday, 05 November 2015 11:22 AM

    Mr. Minister, it is better to say nothing than to utter balatant lies.

    Nimal Thursday, 05 November 2015 01:16 AM

    Nearly a year has passed, and yet not one individual has been sentenced to date. Your Govt. is all words but no deeds...


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