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Thursday, 23 October 2014 06:01
Whilst welcoming and appreciating positive assistance rendered by Friendly Countries, International Organizations as well as Non Governmental Organizations in peace building and development, it is the duty of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development to take appropriate measures to prevent negative interventions, particularly in the Northern Province.
Conscious of its duty towards maintaining national security and creating necessary conditions for national processes, the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development requests foreign nationals to obtain prior approval when they intend travelling to the north. It is also informed that the objectives and purposes of the projects or other reasons for which they intend to travel are also be clearly indicated.
Foreign nationals intending to travel to Northern Province can obtain approval by sending written requests to the following address/fax:
Secretary, Ministry of Defence and Urban Development
(Attention Military Liaison Officer)
15/5, Baladaksha Mawatha
Thursday, 10 July 2014 09:25
Sydney Morning Herald- 10/7/2014
The Sydney Morning Herald has quoted faceless and nameless people to disgrace Sri Lanka (‘‘Fears boats head to torture in Sri Lanka’’, July 5). I challenge the newspaper to prove any case of torture in Sri Lanka instead of giving voice to certain people who want to discredit Sri Lanka by relating tall stories to gain sympathy from interested parties and certain lobby groups.
Sri Lanka is a country at peace after defeating the most ruthless terrorist group in the world. That does not mean it has stopped its propaganda war against my country. I request you not to be a pawn of such groups.
Bandula Jayasekara Consul-general of Sri Lanka, NSW and Queensland, Sydney
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 09:42
I COULDN’T help reading over and over The Australian’s editorial of July 7 that said: “Former prime minister Malcolm Fraser doesn’t help his standing by likening the return of Tamils to Sri Lanka to handing over Jewish refugees to Nazi Germany. Such intemperance can only damage Mr Fraser’s cause.” It certainly has, as has the hysterical language in the “lopsided” asylum debate in Australia in the past few days.
A misconception has been created among some Australians regarding asylum-seekers arriving from Sri Lanka because of a huge and very well-funded misinformation campaign carried out by parties with vested interests. Their claims are unfounded and unbelievable. Even Ripley would have said “You cannot believe it” instead of “Believe it or not!”
As the representative of Sri Lanka I can say with complete authority that those Sri Lankans (and I emphasise Sri Lankans — be they Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Malays or Burghers) who return to Sri Lanka do not face death or torture, as the prophets of doom claim in their vicious around-the-clock campaign here in Australia. Failed or returned asylum-seekers are arrested and appear before a magistrate as people who have violated the immigration laws of Sri Lanka, as any country would do. The Criminal Investigation Department of Sri Lanka, under the Sri Lankan police, questions them to see if they have a criminal record and obtains a statement from them, and they are subsequently released without delay. To those who incite fear for petty political or financial gain I say that Sri Lanka does not have the facilities to keep them in detention centres.
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 12:34
Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka from 13 to 15 January next year, Bishop of Colombo Rt. Rev. Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith’s office confirmed yesterday. A spokesperson for the Archdiocese of Colombo confirmed the dates of the tour in January 2015.
Pope Francis had previously stated that he will visit Sri Lanka for two days in January 2015, but gave no definite dates and details.
His Holiness will also visit the Philippines during the trip to Asia.(FT)
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