A high level Sri Lankan Parliamentary delegation led by the Hon Chamal Rajapaksa, Speaker, including members of Parliament attended the 131st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union from 12-16 October 2014 in Geneva. Hon. Nimal Siripala de Silva, Hon Mahinda Samarasinghe, Hon. Ruwan Wijewardene, Hon. Ramesh Pathirana, Hon. Vijayakala Maheshwaran, Hon. Ajith Perera and Secretary General of Parliament Mr. Dhammika Dasanayake were accompanied Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa to the Assembly.
A record number of Speakers and Deputy Speakers were among the more than 720 Parliamentarians who attended the Assembly this year. The general debate at the 131st Assembly focused on "Achieving gender equality, ending violence against women". The Assembly of the IPU elected Bangladesh MP Saber Chowdhury as the new President of the 125-year-old Organization.
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
16 October 2014