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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

Deafeating Terrorism- Sri Lanka commended at the NAM Summit

By Fathima Razik – Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 18 July, ( Foreign Affairs Minister Rohitha Bogollagama at a media briefing held at the ministry in Colombo on Friday said that the successfully concluded Non Aligned Summit (NAM) held at Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, with the participation of 60 heads of state and 118 foreign ministers congratulated Sri Lanka for defeating terrorism and establishing peace in the country.

“Sri Lanka, as a founder member of NAM had hosted the fifth summit in 1976 under the premiership of the late Sirimavo Bandaranaike just a year after the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) had killed the then Mayor of Jaffna Alfred Duraiyappah. Members of NAM come together to highlight issues facing the developing world and in this forum President Mahinda Rajapakse emerged as a clear leader on defeating the LTTE,” said Minister Bogollagama.

President Rajapakse had in his address emphasized the importance of all NAM members standing together to defeat terrorism while at the same time resolving to have an integrated agenda for the benefit of NAM. The aspects of global warming and climate change were also addressed by the President said Minister Bogollagama.

At the ministerial conference Minister Bogollagama had articulated the need for NAM to face the challenges of the developing world by working towards having close relationships and maintaining peace. “Sri Lanka’s stand on Palestine was expressed – two states solution with security for the Palestinian people and a harmonious environment for world peace,” he said.

While President Rajapakse had one on one meetings with many heads of state – President Raul Castro of Cuba, Col. Muammer Gaddafi of Libya, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani of Pakistan, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh of India, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa amongst other leaders, the talks had centered on promoting bilateral ties, the economic, commercial and social agenda, and the defeat of terrorism for which Sri Lanka came in for commendation.

The President had also discussed the current development in the country, progress in the northern front and success in addressing issues concerning the internally displaced persons (IDPs) within a short period of eight weeks with the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. The Jaffna Municipal Council and the Vavuniya Urban Council elections were also discussed and also of the assistance given by the UN agencies, local and international non governmental organisations, and measures adopted for the early resettlement of the IDPs.

Minister Bogollagama also spoke of the steps taken to de-mine several areas in the north by engaging around 2000 de-miners who have had training by the military with assistance also provided by India and Japan.

- Asian Tribune -

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