Statement by Mr. O.L. Ameer Ajwad, Counsellor on the President’s revised text on Institution Building of the Human Rights Council at the informal meeting with the President of the HRC during the 5TH session of the Council on 15th June 2007

Mr. President

My delegation wishes to express deep appreciation to you, for your tireless efforts in preparing a new text on institutional building of the Human Rights Council, which constitutes a good basis for our further work. You may be rest assured of the fullest cooperation of my delegation in achieving a consensual outcome of the entire package of the institutional building process, by the end of the 5th Session.


Statement made by Dr.A.R.Perera , PC - Legal Advisor - Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 30 May at the 59th Session of the International Law Commission in Geneva

Since I am taking the floor for the first time, permit me to extend to the Chairman Mr. Ian Brownlie, you Mr. Vice-Chairman and other members of the Bureau my warm felicitations on your elections to the Bureau of the Commission. Under the able leadership and wise guidance of the Chairman and the Members of the Bureau, I have every confidence that the work of the 59th Session of the ILC would be extremely productive and achieve the objectives that it has set for itself. As a new member of the Commission I will make every endeavour to assist the Commission in this task.


Address by Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Minister of Healthcare and Nutrition of Sri Lanka at the 60th World Health Assembly, Geneva – 16th May, 2006

Nimal Siripala de Silva - WHO -16may2006

Mme. President, Director General, Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,

First let me congratulate you Mme. President and our Vice Presidents for your election to this high office.

On behalf of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka I wish to offer my special congratulations and best wishes to our Director General, Dr Margaret Chan for being elected to lead this Organization for the next five years. With the exceptional commitment and leadership that Dr. Chan brings to her work, we have the utmost confidence that WHO and the future health of the world, is in very safe hands.


Statement by the President of the Conference on Disarmament - HE Ambassador Sarala Fernando -Sri Lanka , Opening of the 1061st Plenary Meeting 20 March 2007.

CD 20march2007

I call to order the 1061st plenary meeting of the Conference on Disarmament.

I have the honour to convey the following message of good wishes addressed to the Conference by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, Hon. Rohitha Bogollagama.

‘I have great pleasure in addressing this special message on the occasion of Sri Lanka’s assumption of the Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament. As a small, yet always engaged member State of the United Nations, Sri Lanka’s assumption of the Presidency of this Conference is yet another manifestation of its commitment to and belief in multilateral diplomacy as the indispensable means to address major global challenges and enhance the prospects of a stable, just and peaceful world. The Conference on Disarmament, as the sole multilateral negotiating body on disarmament matters has a proud history of codification and remains relevant in our constant endeavour to free the world from all weapons of mass destruction.


Hon Athauda Seneviratne Minister of Labour Relations and Foreign Employment of Sri Lanka, Ninety-fifth session of the International Labour Conference

Mr. President,

On behalf of the Government and the delegation of Sri Lanka, let me extend our sincere congratulations to you and the Vice Presidents on your election to preside over the 95th Session of the International Labour Conference.  We also greet Director General Somavia, thank him for the comprehensive presentation of the three Reports, and support the recommendations for action.



Mr. Chairman,

The statement of the EU delegation under this Item highlighted human rights concerns in respect of several countries, including Sri Lanka. The Special Rapporteur on Extra Judicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, Mr. Philip Alston, in his introductory statement presenting his report, also referred to Sri Lanka.

We appreciate the Special Rapporteur's abiding interest in Sri Lanka, following his recent official visit to my country and thank the EU delegation, for its support for pursuit of peace and promotion of human rights in my country. My delegation however, would like to take this opportunity to clarify some aspects of all concerns expressed and brief this Committee on recent developments in Sri Lanka.



Statement by Sri Lanka at the 57th session of the UNHCR Executive Committee – 3 October 2006

Statement by Sri Lanka at the 57th session of the

UNHCR Executive Committee – 3 October 2006

Mr Chairman, dear Asian Colleague,

The delegation of Sri Lanka congratulates you on your well deserved election to chair this 57thsession of the Executive Committee of the High Commissioner’s Programme and our good wishes also to the Bureau. We wish Deputy High Commissioner Wendy Chamberlin all the best for future success and thank her for her endeavours at UNHCR.


Statement of Sri Lanka at the Seventh meeting of the State Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-personnel Mines and on Their Destruction-18-22 September 2006, Geneva

Madam President,

On behalf of the observer delegation of Sri Lanka, I would like to congratulate you on your election as President of this meeting. The delegation of Sri Lanka would like to take the floor under this agenda item to provide a brief account of its position with regard to the Ottawa Convention as well as the on-going humanitarian de-mining activities in the country.


Statement by Delegation of Sri Lanka following update by High Commissioner of Human Rights at the HRC on 18th September, 2006

Mr. President,

I would like to thank High Commissioner Arbour for her update on the current global human rights situation.  We had hoped however that OHCHR would have engaged our Mission earlier to convey your concerns on Sri Lanka.  We have always been available for fostering a dialogue of cooperation and mutual respect.


Statement by Hon Mahinda Samarasinghe, Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights of Sri Lanka- on 30 August 2006 at the Launch of the Common Humanitarian Action Plan for Sri Lanka from -September to December, 2006

Mr. Chairman

Distinguished delegates and

representatives of UN and International Organizations

I am in Switzerland to make a presentation at the Conference on International Disaster Reduction which is being held in Davos.  Having received an invitation from UNDP, I am also pleased on this same occasion to be able to make a statement at today’s launch of the Common Humanitarian Action Plan for Sri Lanka and to present some perspectives from the Government of Sri Lanka.


Statement delivered by H.E. Mrs Sarala Fernando, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka at the Plenary of the Conference on Disarmament 15th August, 2006

Mr. President,


Since this is the first time my delegation is taking the floor under your Presidency, may I extend our sincere felicitations and commend  the serious manner in which your Presidency has been prepared, with wide consultations and also for your initiative of organising the seminar by UNIDIR on negative security assurances, an important topic which continues to engage our attention.   You quite rightly reminded us in your opening statement that the issue of negative security assurances has figured from earliest times on the agenda of the Committee on Disarmament since its creation in 1979 and subsequently in the renamed Conference on Disarmament due to their continued significance as a confidence building measure.  We also appreciate the impressive compilation of the documents on NSA’s put together by the Secretariat and distributed in the Conference.    



2006 ECOSOC High-Level Segment - Geneva, 5 July 2006 Roundtable 3: Globalization and Labour Migration Statement by the Chairperson : Hon. Athauda Seneviratne Minister of Labour Relations and Foreign Employment of Sri Lanka

It is indeed an honour for me to chair this ECOSOC High Level Segment Roundtable on globalization and labour migration.   I thank the organizers of the High Level Segment for arranging what I believe will be a very interesting and relevant discussion and also for the preparation of the comprehensive Issues Note, which will be elaborated by the    Co-Moderators.  I will make only a few introductory remarks at this stage.


Statement by H.E. Ms. Sarala Fernando,Ammbassador of Sri Lanka & Chairperson of the ILO’s Governing Body Committee on Employment and Social Policy (ESP)at the ECOSOC High Level Segment Roundtable on“Creating Decent Work Opportunities with Productivity Gr

 Statement by H.E. Ms. Sarala  Fernando,

 Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN

 in Geneva and Chairperson of the ILO’s Governing Body Committee on Employment and Social Policy (ESP)

 at the ECOSOC High Level Segment Roundtable on

 “Creating Decent Work Opportunities with Productivity Growth”

 5 July, 2006

ECOSOC is welcome to Geneva.  Here in this serene environment and the background culture of peace, there is a renaissance of multilateralism, which could be  attributed to both wise and energetic leadership in the UN and international organizations in Geneva as well as the serious and constructive dialogue  witnessed among all stakeholders.  Our efforts are aimed to both build a vision for the future founded  on a sound knowledge  base with agreed political objectives, as well as practical work at the technical level to design appropriate projects and programmes to be implemented at national, regional and global levels.


Address by Hon Athauda Senevirathne, Minister of Labour Relations and Foreign Employment of Sri Lanka - at the High-Level Segment of the Economic and Social Council

Mr. President
Ladies and Gentlemen

The High level dialogue has focused on many important areas in generating full and productive employment and decent work for all. We are all in agreement that the access to work is the surest way out of poverty. At the same time those countries that pursued social policy goals underline that this is a sound and sustainable investment for growth; supportive public policies in health, education and gender empowerment together with an enabling environment for entrepreneurship can provide impetus to employment creation.


Address by Hon. Mahinda Samarasinghe Minister of Disaster Management and Human Rights of Sri Lanka at the First Session of the Human Rights Council – Geneva - 19 June 2006

Mr. President,
High Commissioner for Human Rights,
Distinguished delegates,

On behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka, and on my own behalf, may I congratulate you Mr. President on your election to the Chair of this historic inaugural session of the UN Human Rights Council.  I would like to assure you my delegation’s support and cooperation as you undertake the onerous task of presiding over the deliberations of this august body.


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