SL Govt Has Played Significant role – GL
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
The Government of Sri Lanka has played a substantial role in curbing human trafficking to Australia, said Foreign Minister, Prof. G.L. Peiris, when he met his Australian counterpart Marise Payne in New York on the eve of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 2021).
The two discussed avenues for enhanced cooperation on a wide spectrum of areas, where Prof. Peiris said much headway has been made in the economic development of the Northern and Eastern Provinces of the country as well as with reconciliation.
He also elaborated on developments related to the Office on Missing Persons, Office for Reparations and the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) as well as the appointment of a Commission headed by a sitting Judge of the Supreme Court to take stock of the current situation and to identify ways and means of taking the process forward. Professor Peiris stated that there is a need to allow local institutions the space and opportunity to carry out their mandates and the establishment of an ad-hoc external mechanism that overrides this work is unnecessary and detrimental.
It is premature and inappropriate to have a mechanism selectively targeting Sri Lanka and goes against the very principles of the UN Charter. Minister Payne stated that there is a very warm and significant Sri Lankan Diaspora in Australia. She welcomed enhanced cooperation between the two countries in the areas outlined by Professor Peiris, particularly in the field of intelligence sharing and education.