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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Singapore hails Sri Lankan victory over LTTE terrorism

Colombo, 05 June, ( Minister of Foreign Affairs of Singapore, George Yeo has congratulated his Sri Lankan counterpart, Rohitha Bogollagama and the Sri Lankan Government on the victory over LTTE terrorism. This was conveyed to the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister at a meeting on the sidelines of the 8th Shangri – La Dialogue held in Singapore.

Minister Yeo welcomed President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s address to the Sri Lankan Parliament on 19th May 2009, in which the President had pledged that a political solution should be “a solution acceptable to all sections of the people".

Minister Bogollagama explained to the Singapore Foreign Minister the counter -terrorism operations conducted by the security forces and added that with the top hierarchy of the LTTE removed, the Government will now have a wider integration and political inclusivity as well as re - establish law and order nationwide. He also spoke of the current status of the internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the 180 day programme the Government has executed for the rehabilitation and resettlement of the IDPs.

Minister Yeo expressed his satisfaction on the manner in which the Sri Lankan Government is addressing the issue of IDPs and added that international donor agencies, based in Singapore, would be encouraged to help Sri Lanka in this endeavor. Minister Yeo emphasized the constructive engagement of the Sri Lankan Diaspora, particularly the Tamil community, with regard to the opportunities and the economic development of the country. Endorsing this remark, Minister Bogollagama pointed out to the Outreach programme designed to integrate the Sri Lankan diaspora.

The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister brought into focus the new political developments taking place in Sri Lanka, including conducting elections in Jaffna. He stated that the support of other countries was vital especially since certain countries have a large Sri Lankan diaspora. Minister Bogollagama also raised his concern over LTTE front organizations and other illicit activities which are prevalent in the region.

The two Ministers exchanged views on bilateral issues where Minister Bogollagma evinced Sri Lanka’s interest in joining the APEC, of which Singapore is the current Chair. They discussed the political and economic utility of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD). Minister Bogollagama thanked Minister Yeo for the multi-faceted assistance given by Singapore and stated that with the end of the conflict there would be an increase in opportunities particularly in the North and the East of Sri Lanka, primarily in infrastructure development including roads, water and power.

The Singapore Foreign Minister offered Sri Lanka his good wishes as it undertakes the difficult task of rebuilding the country.

The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Singapore, Ms. Jayathri Samarakone, senior officials of the Foreign Ministry, the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Donald Perera and the Chief of Staff of the Army, General G. A. Chandrasiri were present at the meeting.

- Asian Tribune -

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