Monday, September 21, 2009

Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka's PM to address UN General Assembly

Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayaka who is leading the Sri Lanka delegation to the 64th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, commencing today will address the General Assembly on September 26 regarding the "Strengthening of Multilateralism and Dialogue among Civilizations for International Peace, Security and Development." He will also meet United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

During his visit he will also address the Asia Society in New York on the theme "Sri Lanka's Challenges ahead: Post LTTE Scenario and Ensuring Sustainable Peace." The Prime Minister will participate at the High Level Event on Climate Change and the 4th Summit of the Heads of States/Governments of the Group of 15 (G 15) where Sri Lanka assumes the Chair.

Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama will lead the Sri Lanka delegation to the Commonwealth Meetings of the Foreign Ministers, and on Terrorism, and the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG). He will also participate in the interactive Ministerial Meeting on Combating Violence Against Girls, Ministerial Meetings of the SAARC, the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), Group of 77 (G 77) and the Group of 11.

Minister Bogollagama is also scheduled to hold a series of bilateral meetings with his South Asian counterparts from Bhutan, India and the Maldives, and also from South Africa, Fiji, Denmark, Jordan, Australia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Chile, Austria, Oman, UK, France, Sweden, Czech Republic, Cuba and Spain.

He will also meet High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy and Secretary General of the Council of the European Union Javiar Solana, Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma.

In Minister Bogollagama's interactions with the United Nations, he is scheduled to meet with the Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe, Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Sir John Holmes, Under Secretary General and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy and the Executive Director General of the UNICEF Ann Veneman.

Source: Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law & Order - Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

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