Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, who is to visit Sri Lanka this week, will announce Australian assistance to combat dengue fever in Sri Lanka together with President Maithripala Sirisena, Australian Foreign Affairs Ministry announced today.
She will also discuss the progress on the implementation of Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process, which is critical to its long-term security and prosperity.
She said in a statement that she would visit India and Sri Lanka from 18-20 July to strengthen their bilateral, economic and security relations with two important partners in the region.
“In Sri Lanka, I will meet President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and other ministers to discuss security cooperation and explore new economic opportunities in science, resources and energy,” Ms. Bishop said.
The GMOA said today the Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital (NFTH) was acquired by the government on a lease agreement.
GMOA Secretary Haritha Aluthge told a news conference the GMOA would consider the acquisition as one carried out without any transparency. He said Dr. Fernando or Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne should brief the country about terms and conditions involved in the transaction.
He said even though the NFTH was acquired by the government it had not resolved the SAITM controversy.
GMOA Assistant Secretary Naveen De Zoysa said NFTH was built at a cost of Rs.3.5 billion with a loan of Rs.2 billion granted by a State bank.
He said the government was allowing the hospital 10 years to settle the loan but the salaries and other costs would be borne by the government and asked on what basis was the government claiming that it had taken over the NFTH. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)
TNPF Leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam delivered speech in UN’s Human rights council 34th Session today(15.3.2017).This statement is made in collaboration with the Tamil National People’s Front.
When resolution A/HRC/30/1 on Sri Lanka was passed in October 2015, we warned the Council that whilst calling for a criminal investigation to be undertaken, the resolution did not seriously address the significant shortcomings detailed in the OISL report. We said that the resolution only seeks to provide the appearance of credibility by providing for some “foreign” involvement, to what is for all practical purposes a domestic mechanism. We have also repeatedly been pointing out that the Sri Lankan State has no political will to provide justice.
However even those minimal obligations that were laid out in resolution 30/1 on accountability have now been officially disowned by the Sri Lankan government. It is no lesser persons than the President of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister who have been leading the efforts to disown the resolution.
What is of utmost importance is that, over and above the verbal rejection of the resolution, not one of the obligations under the resolution has been implemented by the government.
Under these circumstances, when a State clearly rejects the resolution and demonstrates no intention to abide by it, for the UNHRC to provide more time to such a State to implement it would seriously damage the credibility of the council in the eyes of the victims. We reiterate that an independent international investigation in the form of a referral of Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court or by the setting up of an ad-hoc international tribunal will be the only way of securing justice for the predominantly Tamil victims in Sri Lanka.