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Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama calls for effective action against terrorism by the Commonwealth

Colombo, 28 April, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama has underscored the importance for the Commonwealth to combat terrorism, as value dedication to its global agenda.

He made this observation during a meeting yesterday with the Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma, who is on a visit to Sri Lanka to attend the Commonwealth Youth Ministers’ meeting, which is his first meeting at Ministerial level, since assuming duties as Secretary General earlier this month. They both agreed on the imperative need for member countries not to be misled by the machinations of terror groups, and to stand in solidarity with one another against such threats.

In this context, they recalled the decision, endorsed by the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kampala last year, to convene a meeting on terrorism, which would be hosted by Sri Lanka. While noting that this meeting has been tentatively scheduled for the last quarter of this year, Minister Bogollagama pointed out the need for preparatory work to be commenced immediately, and to ensure non- duplication of related issues and value addition, as its foundation.

Secretary General Sharma appreciated Sri Lanka’s undertaking to participate in the Commonwealth Group at Heads of Government level, to study the reform of international institutions. This initiative which is also a Kampala mandate will bring approximately 10 -12 Heads of Government to consider issues related to the reform of the IMF, World Bank etc. The Foreign Minister shared the view that such a dialogue would link the Commonwealth with the World Bank, thus profiling the organization on the global economic agenda. He confirmed that President Mahinda Rajapaksa would attend the meeting to be held in London in June 2008.

Foreign Minister Bogollagama emphasized the urgent need for Pakistan to be re-admitted to meetings of the Commonwealth Councils. The Secretary General while endorsing the Minister’s view, briefed him on the preparatory work for the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) scheduled for early next month, which would consider this matter.

- Asian Tribune -

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