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Remarks to Media by Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana: 18th August 2017

Prescription (Special Provisions) 1 Act, No. 5 of 2016

AN ACT TO ENABLE SPECIAL LEGAL PROVISIONS TO BE MADE IN RESPECT OF PERSONS WHO WERE UNABLE TO PURSUE THEIR RIGHTS IN COURT FOR THE RECOVERY OF ANY IMMOVABLE PROPERTY INCLUDING LAND DUE TO THE ACTIVITIES OF ANY MILITANT TERRORIST GROUP WHICH PREVAILED IN SRI LANKA AND FOR MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH OR INCIDENTAL THERE TO WHEREAS certain persons have been disadvantaged and therefore unable to pursue their rights in court for the recovery of any immovable property including land due to the activities of any militant terrorist group during the period commencing on May 1st, 1983 and ending on May 18th, 2009: More details

Invitation for views and observations on Sri Lanka’s draft National Report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Human Rights

  • The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process in which the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States are reviewed periodically. It was introduced when the UN Human Rights Council was created by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006, and it was adopted unanimously by all UN Member States. Under this process, the human rights situation of all member countries of the UN is reviewed every 4.5 years.
  • The UPR is a State-driven process. Each State is given an opportunity to declare what actions have been taken to improve the human rights situation in a country and to fulfil their respective human rights obligations. The UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.
  • The Review of a country is conducted by the UPR Working Group which consists of the 47-members of the Human Rights Council. However, any UN Member State which is not a member of the 47-member Human Rights Council at a given time can also take part in the discussion/dialogue with the States that are under review. Civil Society Organizations and National Human Rights Institutions can also participate at the Review. More details

Opening Address by Hon. Ravi Karunanayake, Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute Seminar on “Emerging Issues in the Indian Ocean”: 28 June 2017

Hon. Governors and Ministers, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: It gives me great pleasure, as the new Chairman of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, to address this eminent gathering of policymakers, diplomats, scholars, corporate leaders, lawyers, civil society, and students, at this landmark event on Sri Lanka’s foreign policy.

It has been a little over a month since I became Foreign Minister. I am conscious that I have assumed an office and responsibilities previously held by some of our most illustrious leaders, not least by the late Hon. Lakshman Kadirgamar after whom this Institute is fittingly named, but also by Mr. A.C.S. Hameed, Mrs. Bandaranaike, and several others, each of whom left invaluable legacies for our international relations.

While it is early days of my tenure, I can say that one of my priorities is to build a foreign policy – and a foreign service – that predicts and innovates, rather than one that reacts and stagnates. So I look forward to hearing the forecasts and analysis of the experts invited to speak today, as part of developing a foreign policy that foresees and grasps the opportunities of a changing world. For my part, I will begin the discussion by, first, briefly observing three major shifts that are apparent in the current international order.  More details

Improved Swedish interest in Sri Lanka imports after GSP+

An increased interest to import products from Sri Lanka to Sweden has been noticed since the GSP+ came in to function. This was confirmed on Tuesday 20th June during a well-attended breakfast seminar in Stockholm at the premises of the Swedish National Board of Trade.

The seminar was organised by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Stockholm, National Board of Trade and Sweden-Sri Lanka Business Council.

Purpose of the seminar was to inform Swedish importers on how competitive Sri Lanka now is after the GSP+ came into effect.

Many of the participants stated that they have waited for the GSP+ decision to come and then they could ask the Sri Lankan exporters to ship the goods to eagerly waiting Swedish customers.

The cooperation between the organisers started already in 2015 and number of activates has taken place throughout the years which has helped Sri Lankan exporters to find new clients and markets.

Improved Swedish interest in Sri Lanka imports after GSP+

Address By the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe

Address By

His Excellency the Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 

Hon. Ranil Wickremesinghe to the United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for Sustainable Development United Nations, New York 5th June 2017

Madame President,

Mr. Secretary General,

Allow me to express my appreciation to those who have been responsible for organizing this conference – notably Mr. Peter Thomson – President of the General Assembly, the Governments of Fiji and Sweden – co-hosts of the Conference, the Permanent Representatives of Portugal and Singapore – facilitators of preparatory meetings and to the Secretary General of the Conference.

This assembly is part of a historic process – The collective international efforts to define and correct the depredations of humankind on the Planet Earth. It is a relatively recent effort, beginning with the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm and the Stockholm Declaration in 1972. Since then we have made much progress in recognizing the environment and its protection as the responsibility of all nations. We have largely accepted the connection between ecological management and the human condition. We have had many conferences, created many institutions. Public awareness and concern about the environment is wider than at any time in history. Yet with all these developments, we have still a long way to go to reach the optimum level of global environmental sustainability. More   details

Obtaining updated information on flood situation in Sri Lanka

Dear All / Well-wishers,

Obtaining updated information on flood situation in Sri Lanka

This is to inform you that, you may visit the following website of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) in Sri Lanka, for updated information on flood situation in Sri Lanka.

Current situation and the need of relief items for the people affected by floods

As of today a total number of 74928 people are located at 366 safe houses, while a number of 177 deaths and number of 5711 damages to the properties are reported due to floods and landslides in Sri Lanka.

Therefore, the Ministry of Disaster Management in Sri Lanka has sought assistance to provide relief items that are required urgently for the flood victims. The list of items urgently required can be downloaded on

If any organization or well-wishers are willing to provide the above items, the items can be sent directly to the Ministry of Disaster Management in Sri Lanka. All consignments should only be addressed to the following:-

Ministry of Disaster Management
Vidya Mawatha
Colombo 07
Sri Lanka.

Please note that the Air freight / Shipment charges should be borne by the sender.

Thank you

Damayanthie Rajapakse
Embassy of Sri Lanka,
Strandvägen 39, 1tr, Box 240 55, 104 50 Stockholm.
Telephone: +46- 8-663 6523/25 Fax: +46-8-6600089

Monetary assistance for the people affected by floods and landslides

Dear All,

Due to heavy monsoon rain in Sri Lanka, several areas of the country have been affected by serious flooding and landslides. According to the Disaster Management Center, Sri Lanka, 61,000 people have been rendered homeless and 99 people have been killed while 100 are still not accounted for.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka has activated the ‘Emergency Response Unite’ to coordinate rescue and relief measures as required, based on the needs of the Disaster Management Center.
In this regard, the Embassy of Sri Lanka has created a mechanism to collect monetary assistance to help the victims. You are able to contribute monetary assistance to the people affected by flooding and landslides through the Embassy.
Account details of the Embassy are as follows;
Bank Name: SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken)
Branch: Nybrogatan
Account No. : 5213-100-2386
IBAN : SE 51 500000000 521 31002386

You are kindly requested to mention your name and the reason for depositing money.

Thank you very much,

Damayanthie Rajapakse

Embassy of Sri Lanka,

Strandvägen 39, 1tr, Box 240 55, 104 50 Stockholm.
Telephone: +46- 8-663 6523/25 Fax: +46-8-6600089

Minister Ravi Karunanayake assumes duties at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Having received his appointment from President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday 22 May 2017, as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ravi Karunanayake assumed duties ​at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday morning, Thursday, 25 May 2017.

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake was received at the Ministry, by ​the ​Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Esala Weerakoon​, senior staff of the Ministry, Ministers including the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and present Minister of Finance & Media Mangala Samaraweera, Parliamentarians and well-wishers.
​Following religious observances involving Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic and Christian dignitaries, the Minister officially assumed duties at the Ministry.  More details