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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2964

Sri Lankan Ambassador urged for a favourable bilateral relationship with Denmark

Copenhegen, 18 November, ( Sri Lanka Ambassador resident in Sweden Ranjith Jayasooriya who is also accredited as Ambassador to Demark, presented his credentials yesterday to the Queen of Denmark at the Queen's Royal Castle of Fredensborg, north of Copenhagen.

Ambassador Jayasooriya was warmly welcomed to Denmark by the Queen. The Queen recalled the good and warm relationship between Sri Lanka and Denmark for a long period of time.

In the meeting with the Queen, Ambassador Jayasooriya explained the present political situation in Sri Lanka. He thanked the Government of Denmark for its massive development assistance given to Sri Lanka. He especially thanked the Queen for the assistance given after the tsunami and said that the Sri Lankan Government is giving top most priority to protect the environment and hope for more assistance from Denmark to develop renewable energy by transferring technology and financial aid.

The Queen inquired whether Sri Lanka would attend to the UN Climate Summit in December 2009 to be held in Denmark. The Ambassador responded positively and said that a high valued deleagation would attend the summit.

In the morning, before meeting the Queen of Denmark, Ambassador Jayasooriya had a meeting with Ambassador Sus Ulbaek, Head of the Bilateral Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Jesper Thomsen, the Head of ‘Team South Asia’, to discuss the situation regarding the ongoing EU investigations on Human Rights situation in Sri Lanka and the negotiations regarding GSP Plus extension.

Ambassador Jayasooriya explianed to the Danish Ambassador Sus Ulbaek that the present political situation in Sri Lanka and strongly urged the Danish Government not to mix up the Human Rights issues and the GSP Plus extension. He said that any punitive action by non-extesion of the GSP Plus would harm more tha 300,000 innocent women employees and the whole accelarated effect would be one million innocent workers in the midst of the on going world financial crisis.

Ambassador Sus Ulbaek responded that the Danish Government and the EU is strongly concerned and worried about the escalating conflict in the Northern Province and underlined the importance of the Srilankan Governments willingness to co-operate with an open mind with the EU in this regard.

Also Ambassador Sus Ulbaek emphasised that the Srilankan Government to give free access to NGO´s and INGO´s in the conflict zone to bring supplies etc.

Ambassador Jayasooriya replied that the Sri Lanka Government has continuously been providing essential supplies and services to those civilians trapped in the uncleared areas under the controll of LTTE and it is a unique situation in the world and is indicative of the deep commitment of the Government to ensure the well being of ordinary civilian living in those areas.

Ambassador Jayasooriya also explianed that the Government is presently engaged in a humanitarian operation against the world most ruthless terrorist organization to liberate innorcent 200,000 Tamil civilians and once liberated, in the remaining areas in Kilinochchi and Mulativu, free elections will be held to restore demcracy, rule of law in the Province to start huge development projects as being presently going on in the Eastern Province.

When inquired of the peace process, Ambassador said that the LTTE past trackrecords of using the ceasefire in order to regroup and rearm with no intention of a political solution will not be acceptable. The Government will engaged in discussions only if the LTTE first lay down arms.

Finally, Ambassador Jayasooriya informed Ambassador Sus Ulbaek, Sri Lanka’s interest on bilateral co-operation amicably between the two countries and the interest on Environment and Climate issues, Renewable Energy projects, Trade, Tourism, Education and Investments in Sri Lanka and also for Job opportunities in Denmark for professionals and skilled workers from Sri Lanka.

- Asian Tribune -

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