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A Sri Lankan parliamentary delegation is currently visiting Israel on an invitation extended by the Israeli parliament – ‘The Knesset’. The Sri Lankan delegation comprises of Ministers Nimal Siripala de Silva and Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena; Deputy Minister Neomal Perera; UNP MPs John Amaratunga and Buddhika Pathirana; and Secretary-General of Parliament Dhammika Kithulgoda.

The delegation left the island on January 29 and is expected to return on February 2. “This is a goodwill visit and was the result of an invitation sent from Israeli parliament,” a parliamentary source confirmed.

In May 2009, Israel called for a combined UN and World Health Organisation (WHO) team to investigate the conduct of the Sri Lankan security forces during the war. The call came on May 18 during a meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva at the WHO headquarters.

Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva was elected as Chairman of the WHA despite opposition from Israel over alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka. Israel also criticised Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council sessions held on May 26 and 27, 2009. (Ayesha Zuhair)
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  • Nodrog Tuesday, 31 January 2012 10:53 AM

    How nice, opposition MPs united for a fun-trip! Cheers boys!

    TheAZCowBoy Wednesday, 01 February 2012 04:59 AM

    Joke-of-the-week:'
    Apartheidnik Israel objects to Sri lanka's war crimes committed against the Tamil Tigers?!!!"
    But, It was US/Israel/Australian and EU weaponry that was used to commit all those horrific war crimes against the Tamil 'rebel's."

    Go figure!!!!!

    citizen1 Tuesday, 31 January 2012 05:40 AM

    How come his royal highness isn't going?? Is Israel beneath him? Or is it because of bosom buddy Yasser Arafat? hehe

    sean1 Wednesday, 01 February 2012 07:15 AM

    hey they have invited our monkeys to teach them how to behave in parliament . . . . without squeezing others private objects...........

    maruyaka Tuesday, 31 January 2012 06:21 AM

    What can Sri Lanka possibly learn from another terrorist organization?

    truealf Tuesday, 31 January 2012 07:15 AM

    Dangerous Sign for people of Sri Lanka, Israel is the real master minded 911 criminals/terrorist. All the western word knows about it. Bin Laden was Jungle terrorist he can’t even think about going to most powerful America. We believe our president will be more aware of Israel the unlawful country(Same Like LTTE).

    Mifaz Tuesday, 31 January 2012 07:39 AM

    I dont understand why this politicians make business with this country. Sometimes these same people call ISRAEL is a genocide of PALESTINE and need to boycott them.

    Nuwan Tuesday, 31 January 2012 07:42 AM

    According to the article, if they opposed SL at all UN meetings, then this invitation doesn't seem friendly. Rather could be an effort to get support on sanctions over Iran.

    Pedro Tuesday, 31 January 2012 08:42 AM

    Israel provided arms to defeat the LTTE, forgot that already?

    fanam Tuesday, 31 January 2012 08:57 AM

    Double standard on display. That's all I can see.

    TMA Tuesday, 31 January 2012 09:39 AM

    SL can learn a lot ab't fighting terrorism & still keep cool


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