කෝවිඩ් 19 වසංගත තත්ත්වය හමුවේ විදේශ සබදතා අමාත්‍යංශයේ සහ විදේශ දූත මණ්ඩලයන්හි කාර්යභාරය විදේශ ලේකම්වරයා පැහැදිලි කරයි

 “මේ අවස්ථාවේදී ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සිටින දෙමාපියන් පිටරට සිටින තමන්ගේ දරුවන්ගේ ඒ වගේම තම පවුලේ සාමාජිකයන්ගේ ආරක්ෂාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිත් පීඩාවෙන් සිටින බව පැහැදිලියි. එහෙත් ඔවුන්ට අපගේ තානාපති කාර්යාලයක් එක් දුරකථන ඇමතුමක් ලබාදීමෙන් සම්බන්ධ කරගත හැකි නිසාත් ඔවුන්ට පවතින ගැටළු සම්බන්ධයෙන් අප තානාපති කාර්යාල ගත හැකි සෑම පියවරක්ම ගන්නා නිසාත් මෙසේ පීඩාවට පත්වීමට හේතුවක් නැහැ. විශාල ආපදාකාරී තත්ත්වයක් උද්ගත වුවහොත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය ඔබගේ දරුවන් හා හිතෛශීන් වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටින බව අපි පැහැදිලිව කිවයුතුයි. විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යංශය ඉදිරියේදී ඇති විය හැකි තත්ත්වයන් පිළිබඳ නිරන්තර විශ්ලේෂණයකින් පසුවන අතරම ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අවශ්‍ය පියවර ගැනීමේ පෙර සූදානමකින් පසුවෙනවා. එසේම මෙම තත්ත්වය පහව යන විට ආර්ථික අංශයේ උද්ගත වන ගැටලු සහ අභියෝගයන්ට මුහුණදීමට අවශ්‍ය පසුබිමද අප මේ මොහොතේ සිට සකස් කරමින් පවතිනවා.

විදේශ ලේකම් රවිනාථ ආර්යසිංහ  මහතා මෙම කරුණු පැහැදිලි කිරීම සිදුකළේ  කෝවිඩ් 19 වෛරසය ලොව පුරා ව්‍යාප්ත වන විට එම වෛරසය නිසා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එල්ල වෙන බලපෑම් සහ විදේශගත ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ට එම හේතුවෙන් උද්ගතව ඇති ගැටළු වෙත මුහුණදීම සඳහා විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යංශය සහ විදෙස් දූත මණ්ඩලයන්ගේ කාර්යභාරයඒවායේ දායකත්වය සහ පෙර සූදානම සම්බන්ධයන් පසුගිය අප්‍රේල් මස 04 දින අද දෙරණ නාලිකාවේ විකාශය වූ ‘හයිඩ් පාර්ක්’ විශේෂාංගයේදී  මාධ්‍යවේදිනි ඉන්දීවරි අමුවත්ත හා එක් වෙමිනි. “ලෝකයේ  විවිධ ප්‍රදේශයන්හහි මෙම කෝවිඩ් 19’ වෛරසය නිසා නිසා උද්ගතව ඇති ගැටලු විවිධාකාරයි. උදාහරණ ලෙස දකුණු ආසියාවේ රටවල විශාල ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සිසුන් පිරිසක් සිටිනවා. ඒවගේම ශ්‍රී ලාංකික ආයෝජකයින්ද මේ රටවල විසිරී සිටිනවා. වර්තමානයේ ඔවුන්ගේ ප්‍රධාන ගැටලුව ආපසු ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණීමයි. අපි මැදපෙරදිග දෙසට යොමුවුනොත් එහි සේවය කරන ශ්‍රමිකයන්ගේ සංඛ්‍යාව මිලියන 1.5 පමණ වෙනවා. ඔවුන් දැන් මුහුණදෙන්නේ සිය රැකියාව අහිමිවීම සහ ඉන් පසු ජීවතය ගෙනයාම කියන ගැටලුවලට.  යුරෝපයේ සහ ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ වෙසන ලාංකිකයන් සිය ආරක්ෂාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් සිත් පීඩාවට පත්වෙලා. මෙම සියලු කුණු සැළකිල්ලට ගෙන අපි කන්ටැක්ට්  ලංකා’ කියන වෙබ් පිටුව නිර්මාණය කළා. අපගේ අරමුණ මිලියන 2.6 පමණවන විදෙස්ගත ලාංකිකයන් සමග සෘජුව සම්බන්ධවීමයි.  ඔවුන්ට අවශ්‍ය සහාය ලබාදීමයි. මෙම වෙබ් පිටුව පසුගිය මාර්තු 26 වැනිදා දියත් කළ පසු මේවන විට 45,770 ක පිරිසක් එහි ලියාපදිංචිවී සිටිනවා.  ඒ හරහා අපට විදෙස්ගත  ලාංකිකයන්ගේ සමහර ගැටලු පැය කිහිපයක් ඇතුලත විසඳීමට හැකියාවක් ලැබුනා. පසුගිය දිනවල එවැනි සිදුවීම් රැසක් වාර්තා වුනා”  ආර්යසිංහ මහතා පැවසීය.

මැදපෙරදිග සේවය කරන අපගේ විදෙස් ශ්‍රමිකයන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් විශේෂයෙන් සිය අවධානය යොමු කළ ආර්යසිංහ මහතා “මෙහිදී මම විශේෂයෙන්ම සදහන් කළ යුතු කරණක් වන්නේ මැදපෙරදිග සේවය කරන අපගේ විදෙස් ශ්‍රමිකයන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් අපගේ වැදගත් මෙහවෙරයි. මේ මොහොතේ අපි ඔවුන් වෙනුවෙන් ලබාදෙන අවධානය අන් අයට වඩා අඩුය යන හැගීම කිසිසේත්ම ඔවුන්ට ඇති නොවිය යුතයි. අපි ඔවුන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් ද්විපාර්ශ්වික සම්බන්ධතාවන් හරහා අපට කළ හැකි සියලු ක්‍රියාමාර්ග ගන්නා බව මම මෙහිදී පැහැදිළිව ප්‍රකාශ කිරීමට කැමතියි. ඒවගේම ශ්‍රම සංක්‍රමණ සම්බන්ධ ජාත්‍යන්තර සංවිධානය  සහ කරිටාස් වැනි සංවිධාන, මැදපෙරදිග වෙසෙන රැකියා අහිමිවී ඇති පිරිස්වලට යම් සහාය දක්වන වන බව මට වාර්තා වුනා. මෙලෙස ගැටලුවලට මුහුණපා සිටින සමහර  ලාංකිකයන් නීත්‍යනුකූල වේවා, නීති විරෝධි වේවා, සියලු දෙනා ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් ලෙස සැළකිය යුතුයි. එම රටවල මෙම ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ට සැලකීමක් නොලැබෙන්නේ නම් අපි ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් මැදිහත්වී කටයුතු කළ යුතුයි. ඒ සදහා පෙර සූදානමින් කටයුතු කළ යුතු”යැයි පැවසීය.

ලංකාවේ කෝවිඩ් 19‘ වසංගත රෝගී තත්ත්වය සමනය වන තුරු තමා රැදී සිටින රටෙහිම රැදී සිටින ලෙස  ලංකා රජය කළ ඉල්ලීම සහ එයට විදෙස්ගත ලාංකිකයන් දැක්වූ ප්‍රතිචාර සම්බන්ධයෙන් කුණු දැක්වූ  ආර්‍යසිංහ  මහතා “අපිට මේ වන විට ලෝකයේ විසිරී සිටින ලාංකිකයන්ගේ ස්වරූපය පිළිබදව පැහැදිළි අවබෝධයක් තිබෙනවා. ඔවුන් නැවතත් ලංකාවට පැමිණීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් රජය පැහැදිළි ස්ථාවරයක මේ මොහොතේ සිටිනවා. එමනිසා මම මගේ දූතමණ්ඩල ප්‍රධානීන්ට දන්වා සිටියේ මේ මොහොතේ අපට ඉටුකළ නොහැකි පොරොන්දු ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ට ලබා නොදෙන ලෙසයි. මේ මෙහොතේදී වඩාත්ම වැදගත් කාර්ය වන්නේ ලාංකිකයන්ට මුහුණදීමට සිදුව ඇති අපහසුතාවයන් සමනය කර ගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය සහාය ලබා දීමයි. එය අපි සෑම කෙනෙක්ම අවබෝධ කර ගත යුතුයි. එනමුත් විදෙස්ගත ලාංකියන්ට අප පැහැදිළිව පවසන්නේ විශාල ව්‍යසනකාරී තත්ත්වයක් උද්ගතවුවහොත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය ඔවුන් ඉන් ගලවා ගැනීමට අවශ්‍ය  සියලුම පියවර ගන්නා බවයි. මට ඒ ගැන විස්වාසයි. වූහාන්වල සිසුන් සහ ඉන්දියාවේ සිටි වන්දනා පිරිස් ගෙන්වා ගත් ආකාරයට අවශ්‍යතාවය අනුව අපි අනෙකුත්  ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් සම්බන්ධයෙන්ද අවශ්‍ය පියවර ගනු ලබනවා”.  

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ඉදිරියේදී මුහුණදීමට සිදුවිය හැකි ආර්ථික අභියෝග සම්බන්ධයෙන්ද කරුණු පැහැදිළි කළ ආර්යසිංහ    මහතා “අපි අද දිනයේ උද්ගතව ඇති තත්ත්වයන්ට මුහුණදෙමින් හෙට දවස සම්බන්ධයෙන් ගත යුතු පියවර පිළිබඳව සිතිය යුතුයි. වර්තමානයේ අපට ඉහළින් ඇදෙමින් ඇති අඳුරු වලාවෙන් පරදා ඉන් පිටතට පැමිණිය හැක්කේ එවැනි සැළසුම් සහගතව කටයුතු කිරීමෙන් පමණයි. විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යංශයේ ආර්ථික කටයුතු අංශය මෙම කුණ සම්බන්ධයෙන් විශේෂ අවධානයකින් යුතුව මේ වන විට කටයුතු කරමින් සිටිනවා. ඔවුන් මෙම කටයුතු සඳහා  අපනයන සංවර්ධන මණ්ඩලය සංචාරක අමාත්‍යංශය සහ ආයෝජන මණ්ඩලය හා එක්වී සිටිනවා.  මෙහිදී වැදගත් වන ආර්ථික සාධකයක් තමයි ඉල්ලුම’. වර්තමානයේ යම් භාණ්ඩයකය ඇති ඉල්ලුම පහල යන්නේ එම භාණ්ඩය විකුණා ගැනීමට හැකිවේද නොව්ද යන චකිතය හේතුවෙන්. මෙම චකිතය මේ අවස්ථාවේදී ලෝකය පුරා පවතින තත්ත්වයක්. ඒ නිසා අපි මෙම යථාර්ථයටද මුහුණ දිය යුතුයි. තේ වැනි සාම්ප්‍රදායික නිෂ්පාදන වෙත මෙම අවස්ථාවේදී ඇතැම් රටවල්වලින් වැඩි ඉල්ලුමක් තිබෙනවා. ඒවගේම අපි සාම්ප්‍රදායිකව නිෂ්පාදනය නොකළ භාණ්ඩ සදහා මේ වන විට විශාල ඉල්ලුමක් ලැබී තිබෙනවා. විශේෂයෙන්ම මුහුණු හා සිරුර ආවරණ සැපයීම සදහා අපගේ නිමි ඇදුම් නිෂ්පාදකයන් වෙත ඇණැවුම් ලැබී තිබෙනවා. අපි මෙම ඉල්ලුම සම්බන්ධයෙන් පෙර සූදානමකින් පසුවුනා. එනිසා අපට මෙම අවස්ථාවෙන් සාර්ථක ප්‍රයෝජන ගැනීමට හැකි වී තිබෙනවා.ඒවගේම මේ මොහොත වන විට විදේශ සංචාරකයින් 15 000 පමණ ලංකාවේ රැදී සිටිනවා. ඔවුන් ලංකාව පිළිබදව ලබාදෙන ප්‍රතිචාරය ඉහළයි. පසුගිය දිනක බීබීසී පුවත්සේවයට එසේ රැදී සිටින විදේශිකයෙක් ලබාදුන් සාකච්ඡාව ඔබට මතක ඇති. එයට ලැබුණු ධනාත්මක ප්‍රතිචාර අපට මුදල් ගෙවාවත් ලබා ගැනීමට හැකියාවයක් නැහැ. එම විදේශිකයා ඒ විඩායෝව හරහා ලංකාව පිළිබදව ලෝකයට විශ්වාසයක් සහ ධනාත්මක සහතිකයක් ලබා දුන්නා”.

මේ අවස්ථාවේදී අපි විදෙස්ගත  ලාංකිකයන්ගෙන් අපට ලැබී ඇති සහාය අගය කළ යුතුයි. කෝවිඩ් 19’ අරමුදලට ඔවුන් සිය උපරිම දායකත්වය දක්වමින් සිටිනවා. ඒවගේම අපට අවශ්‍ය වෛද්‍ය ආම්පන්න ඔවුන් අප වෙත ලබා දෙමින් පවතිනවා. මම මෙවන් දායකත්වයන් තව තවත් ලබාදෙන මෙන් ඔවුන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිනවා. එසේම අපගේ මිත්‍ර රාජ්‍යන් වෙතින්ද අප ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ මෙම අවස්ථාවේදී මූල්‍යමය හා ද්‍රව්‍යමය සහාය ලබාදෙන ලෙසයි. එසේම අප අපගේ ණය වාරික ගෙවීමට ඇති දින වකවානු වෙනස් කිරීම සඳහා සාකච්ඡා කිරීම ආදියද මේ අවස්ථාවේ සිදු කරනවා. එවන් සහන සැළසිය හැකි උපරිමයෙන් කටයුතු කරන ලෙසද මම ඉල්ලා සිටීමට කැමතියි”.

කෝවිඩ් 19’ වෛරසය පිළිබදව චීනයේ වුහාන් ප්‍රාන්තයෙන් මුලින්ම කරණු හෙළිවන අවස්ථාවේදී මෙම වෛරසයේ ක්‍රියාකාරීත්වය පිළිබදව අපි දැනසිටියේ නැහැ. එනමුත් ඉන් උද්ගතවූ තත්ත්වයන්ට මුල සිටම මුහුණ දුන්නේ චීනයේ තිබෙන අපගේ තානාපති කාර්යාලය සහ කොන්සල් ජෙනරල් කාර්යාල. අලුතින් උද්ගතවූ මෙම තර්ජනයට මුහුණදුන් මුල්ම ශ්‍රී ලාංකික පිරිස වූ වූහාන් ප්‍රාන්තයේ සිටි ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සිසුන් පිරිසත් ඉන්පසුව වෛරසය පැතිරීයන අවස්ථාවේ චීනයේ සිටි අනෙකුත් ශ්‍රී ලාංකික පිරිසත් මෙරටට ගෙන්වාගැනීමට මූලික වූයේ මෙම විදේශ දූත මණ්ඩලයන්. මම ඔවුන්ව මෙම අවස්ථාවේ වීරයන් ලෙස සළකන්නේ එනිසයි. ආපදා අවස්ථාවකදී මෙවන්  කාර්යභාරයක් ඉටුකිරීම ඕනෑම තානාපති කාර්යාලයක මූලික වගකීමක්. එනමුත් මෙම අවස්ථාවේදී අපට  මුහුණදීමට සිදුවූ තත්ත්වයට මීට පෙර අපි මුහුණදී නැහැ. අපි එදා චීනයේදී මුහුණදුන් තත්ත්වය අද වන විට ලෝකය පුරාම ඇති වී තිබෙනවා.

සිය කරුණු දැක්වීම අවසන් කරමින් ආර්යසිංහ මහතා අවධාරණය කර සිටියේ මෙම කාර්යයේදී අපි කෙතරම් සාර්ථකද යන්න කාලය විසින් අපට පවසනු ඇති බවත්මෙම මොහොතේදී විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යංශය ලෙස අපිට කළ හැකි සියලු කාර්ය එනම් මෙම තත්ත්වයට මුහුණදී කටයුතු කිරීමඅනාගතයේ ඇති විය හැකි තත්ත්වයන් සදහා පෙර සූදානමකින් පසුවීම, මෙන්ම මෙම තත්ත්වය පහව යන විට ආර්ථික අංශයේ ඇති විය හැකි අභියෝගයන් ජය ගැනීමට සූදානම් වීම ආදිය සඳහා කැපවී කටයුතු කරනු ලබනු බවත්ය.

 

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 2020 .04. 08


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கோவிட்-19 தொற்றுநோயை எதிர்கொள்வதில் வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு மற்றும் வெளிநாடுகளிலுள்ள இலங்கைத் தூதரகங்களின் வகிபாகத்தை வெளிவிவகார செயலாளர் விளக்கினார்

 

'வெளிநாடுகளிலுள்ள தமது பிள்ளைகள் மற்றும் அவர்களது குடும்ப உறுப்பினர்களின் பாதுகாப்பு தொடர்பில் இலங்கையிலுள்ள பெற்றோர்கள் தெளிவாக அக்கறை கொண்டுள்ளனர்எனினும்அவர்கள் எமது தூதரகங்களை தொலைபேசி அழைப்பொன்றின் மூலமாக தொடர்பு கொள்ள முடியும் என்பதுடன்அவர்களது பிரச்சினைகள் தொடர்பாக நாங்கள் அனைத்து நடவடிக்கைகளையும் முன்னெடுப்போம் ஆதலால்இது தொடர்பில் அவர்கள் எந்தவித அசௌகரியங்களையும் உணரத் தேவையில்லைபாரியதொரு பேரழிவு ஏற்படுமிடத்துஉங்களது பிள்ளைகள் மற்றும் உறவினர்களுக்கு இலங்கை அரசாங்கம் ஆதரவுகளை வழங்கும் என்பதை நாங்கள் தெளிவாகக் கூற விரும்புகின்றோம்தொடர்ச்சியாக நிலைமைகளைக் கண்காணித்துதேவையான நடவடிக்கைகளை முன்னெடுப்பதற்கு வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு தயாராக உள்ளதுஇந்த நிலைமை குறைவடைகையில்பொருளாதாரத் துறை எதிர்கொள்ளும் பிரச்சினைகள் மற்றும் சவால்களுக்கு முகங்கொடுப்பதற்காக நாங்கள் களம் அமைத்து வருகின்றோம்.'

 

கோவிட்-19 உலகம் முழுவதும் பரவி வருகின்றமையால்இலங்கையில் வைரஸின் தாக்கத்தை நிவர்த்தி செய்வதிலும்மற்றும் வெளிநாடுகளிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்கள் எதிர்கொள்ளும் பிரச்சினைகளுக்கு தீர்வு காண்பதிலும் வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு மற்றும் வெளிநாடுகளிலுள்ள இலங்கைத் தூதரகங்கள் கொண்டுள்ள வகிபாகத்தை வெளிவிவகார செயலாளர் ரவிநாத ஆரியசிங்க விளக்கினார்இந்த விளக்கத்தினை ஏப்ரல் 4 ஆந் திகதி அத தெரன 24 தொலைக்காட்சியில் ஒளிபரப்பான ஊடகவியலாளர் இந்தீவரி அமுவத்தவுடனான ஹைட் பார்க் நிகழ்ச்சியில் வெளிவிவகார செயலாளர் வழங்கினார். 'உலகின் பல்வேறு பகுதிகளில் வியாபித்துள்ள கோவிட்-19 வைரஸ் பல்வேறு சிக்கல்களை ஏற்படுத்தியுள்ளதுஉதாரணமாகதெற்காசிய நாடுகளில் ஏராளமான இலங்கை மாணவர்கள் உள்ளனர்இலங்கை முதலீட்டாளர்களும் இந்த நாடுகளில் பரவி வாழ்கின்றனர்தற்போது அவர்களது முக்கியமான பிரச்சனை இலங்கைக்கு நாடு திரும்புவதேயாகும்மத்திய கிழக்கை எடுத்துக் கொண்டால்அங்கே சுமார் 1.5 மில்லியன் தொகையான தொழிலாளர்கள் காணப்படுகின்றனர்அவர்கள் தற்போது தமது தொழில் வாய்ப்பை இழந்துதமது உயிர்களுக்கான அச்சுறுத்தலை எதிர்கொண்டுள்ளனர்ஐரோப்பா மற்றும் அவுஸ்திரேலியாவிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்கள் தமது பாதுகாப்பு குறித்து கவலைப்படுகின்றார்கள்இந்த எல்லா விடயங்களையும் கருத்தில் கொண்டு, 'இலங்கையுடன் தொடர்பு கொள்ளுதல்என்ற இணைய முகப்பை உருவாக்கியுள்ளோம்வெளிநாடுகளிலுள்ள 2.6 மில்லியனுக்கும் அதிகமான இலங்கையர்களுடன்அவர்களுக்குத் தேவையான ஆதரவுகளை வழங்குவதற்காகநேரடியாக இணைப்பை ஏற்படுவதே எமது நோக்கமாகும்மார்ச் 26 ஆந் திகதி இந்த இணைய முகப்பு தொடங்கப்பட்டதிலிருந்து, 45,770 பேர் தங்களை இதில் பதிவு செய்துள்ளனர்இதன் மூலம் வெளிநாடுகளிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்களின் சில பிரச்சினைகளை சில மணி நேரங்களுக்குள் தீர்த்து வைக்க முடிந்ததுஇதுபோன்ற பல சம்பவங்கள் சமீப காலங்களில் பதிவாகியுள்ளனஎனக் குறிப்பிட்டார்.

 

மத்திய கிழக்கில் பணிபுரியும் எமது வெளிநாட்டுத் தொழிலாளர்கள் குறித்து குறிப்பாக பேசிய ஆரியசிங்க, 'மத்திய கிழக்கில் பணிபுரியும் எமது வெளிநாட்டுத் தொழிலாளர்களுக்கு இது எமது முக்கியமான பணி என்பதை நான் வலியுறுத்த விரும்புகின்றேன்இந்த நேரத்தில் நாம் அவர்களுக்குக் கொடுக்கும் முக்கியத்துவமானது ஏனையவர்களுக்கு வழங்கப்படும் முக்கியத்துவத்தை விடக் குறைவாக இருப்பதாக அவர்கள் உணரக்கூடாதுஇருதரப்பு உறவுகள் மூலமாக அவர்கள் தொடர்பாக சாத்தியமான அனைத்து நடவடிக்கைகளையும் நாங்கள் முன்னெடுத்து வருகின்றோம் என்பதை தெளிவுபடுத்த விரும்புகின்றேன்இடம்பெயர்ந்த தொழிலாளர்களுக்கான சர்வதேச அமைப்பும்கரிடாஸ் போன்ற அமைப்புக்களும் மத்திய கிழக்கில் தொழில் வாய்ப்பை இழந்த சிலருக்கு ஆதரவளிப்பதாக எனக்குத் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளதுஇதுபோன்ற பிரச்சினைகளை எதிர்கொள்ளும் சில இலங்கையர்கள் சட்டரீதியானவர்களோஅல்லது சட்டவிரோதமானவர்களோ ஆயினும் அவர்களை இலங்கையர்களாகவே கருத வேண்டும்இந்த இலங்கையர்கள் அந்த நாடுகளில் கவனத்திற் கொள்ளப்படாவிட்டால்நாங்கள் அது குறித்து தலையீடுகளை மேற்கொள்ள வேண்டும்அதற்கு நாம் தயாராக இருக்க வேண்டும்எனத் தெரிவித்தார்.

 

தொற்றுநோய் குறைவடையும் வரை தற்போது தங்கியிருக்கும் நாடுகளிலேயே தங்கியிருக்க வேண்டும் என்ற இலங்கை அரசாங்கத்தின் வேண்டுகோளுக்கும்மற்றும் வெளிநாடுகளிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்களின் பிரதிபலிப்புக்களுக்கும் பதிலளித்த திருஆரியசிங்க, 'உலகில் இலங்கையர்களின் தன்மை குறித்து எங்களுக்குத் தெளிவான புரிதல் உள்ளதுஅவர்கள் இலங்கைக்கு நாடு திரும்புவது குறித்து அரசாங்கம் இப்போது தெளிவான நிலைப்பாட்டில் உள்ளதுஎனவே எங்களால் நிறைவேற்ற முடியாத வாக்குறுதிகளை இந்த நேரத்தில் இலங்கையர்களுக்கு வழங்க வேண்டாம் என தூதரகப் பிரதானிகளிடம் தெரிவித்தேன்சிரமங்களை சமாளிப்பதற்கு இலங்கையர்களுக்கு உதவுவதே இந்த நேரத்தில் மிக முக்கியமான பணியாகும்அதை நாம் அனைவரும் புரிந்து கொள்ள வேண்டும்எவ்வாறாயினும்வெளிநாட்டிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்களை மீட்க இலங்கை அரசாங்கம் தேவையான அனைத்து நடவடிக்கைகளையும் முன்னெடுக்கும் என நாங்கள் வெளிப்படையாகக் கூறுகின்றோம்நான் அதை உறுதியாக நம்புகின்றேன்வுஹானிலிருந்த மாணவர்கள் மற்றும் இந்தியாவிலிருந்த யாத்திரிகர்கள் தொடர்பில் முன்னெடுத்த நடவடிக்கைகள் போலவேஏனைய இலங்கையர்கள் தொடர்பாகவும் தேவையான நடவடிக்கைகளை முன்னெடுப்போம்எனக் குறிப்பிட்டார்.

 

இலங்கை எதிர்கொள்ளக்கூடிய பொருளாதார சவால்கள் குறித்து விளக்கிய திருஆரியசிங்க, 'நாங்கள் தற்போதைய சூழ்நிலையை எதிர்கொண்டுநாளைய நடவடிக்கைகளைப் பற்றி சிந்திக்க வேண்டும்இத்தகைய கவனமான திட்டமிடல்கள் மூலமாக மாத்திரமே இன்று எமக்கு மேலே உயர்ந்து வரும் இருண்ட மேகங்களை வெற்றி கொள்ள முடியும்வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சின் பொருளாதார விவகாரப் பிரிவு தற்போது இந்த விடயத்தில் சிறப்பான கவனத்தை செலுத்தி வருகின்றதுஇந்த நோக்கத்திற்காகஏற்றுமதி அபிவிருத்தி சபைசுற்றுலா அமைச்சு மற்றும் முதலீட்டு சபை ஆகியவற்றுடன் இணைந்து அவர்கள் பணியாற்றுகின்றனர்ஒரு முக்கியமான பொருளாதாரக் காரணியாக 'கேள்விஉள்ளதுஒரு பொருளை விற்பனை செய்ய முடியுமாஇல்லையா என்ற அச்சம் காரணமாக பொருளொன்றின் கேள்வி குறைந்து வருகின்றதுஇந்த நேரத்தில் உலகம் முழுவதிலும் காணப்படும் நிலைமை இதுவேயாகும்எனவே இந்த யதார்த்தத்தை நாம் எதிர்கொள்ள வேண்டும்தேயிலை போன்ற பாரம்பரியத் தயாரிப்புக்களுக்கு இந்த நேரத்தில் சில நாடுகளில் அதிக கேள்வி உள்ளதுநாங்கள் பாரம்பரியமாக உற்பத்தி செய்யாத தயாரிப்புகளுக்கும் பெரும் கேள்வி உள்ளதுமுகம் மற்றும் உடல் கவசங்களை வழங்குவதற்காக எமது ஆடை உற்பத்தியாளர்களிடமிருந்து கோரிக்கைகளைப் பெற்றுள்ளோம்இந்தக் கோரிக்கைக்கு நாங்கள் தயாராக உள்ளோம்இந்த வாய்ப்பை எம்மால் நன்கு பயன்படுத்திக் கொள்ள முடிகின்றதுதற்போது இலங்கையில் சுமார் 15000 வெளிநாட்டு சுற்றுலாப் பயணிகள் உள்ளனர்இலங்கைக்கான அவர்களது பிரதிபலிப்பு மிகவும் உயர்வானதாகும்இலங்கையில் தங்கியிருந்த ஒரு வெளிநாட்டவர் பி.பி.சி.க்கு அண்மையில் வழங்கிய பேட்டி உங்களுக்கு நினைவிருக்கலாம்அது பணம் செலுத்த முடியாத ஒரு விளம்பரமாகும்அந்த வீடியோவின் மூலமாகஇலங்கை குறித்த நம்பிக்கையையும்சாதகமான உறுதியையும் குறித்த வெளிநாட்டவர் உலகிற்கு வழங்கியுள்ளார்எனத் தெரிவித்தார்.

 

வெளிநாடுகளிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்களிடமிருந்து எங்களுக்குக் கிடைத்துள்ள ஆதரவை நாம் பாராட்ட வேண்டும்கோவிட்-19 நிதிக்கு பங்களிப்புச் செய்வதற்காக அவர்கள் தங்களால் முடிந்த அனைத்தையும் மேற்கொள்கின்றார்கள்மேலும் எமக்குத் தேவையான மருத்துவ உபகரணங்களையும் அவர்கள் வழங்குகின்றார்கள்மேலும் பங்களிப்புக்களை வழங்குமாறு நான் அவர்களை கேட்டுக்கொள்கின்றேன்இந்த நேரத்தில் நிதி மற்றும் உபகரணம் சார்ந்த ஆதரவுகளை வழங்குமாறு எமது நேச நாடுகளுக்கும் நாங்கள் அழைப்பு விடுக்கின்றோம்எமது கடன் தவணைகளுக்கான திகதியில் மாற்றங்களை மேற்கொள்வதற்காக பேச்சுவார்த்தைகளை முன்னெடுத்து வருகின்றோம்அத்தகைய நிவாரணங்களை வழங்குவதற்காக உங்களால் முடிந்த அனைத்தையும் செய்யும்படி கேட்டுக்கொள்கின்றேன்.”

 

சீனாவின் வுஹான் மாகாணத்தில் ஏற்பட்ட கோவிட்-19 வைரஸ் பற்றி நாங்கள் முதலில் வெளிப்படுத்தியபோதுஇந்த வைரஸின் செயற்பாடு குறித்து நாம் அறிந்திருக்கவில்லைஆனால் சீனாவிலுள்ள எமது தூதரகம் மற்றும் உதவித் தூதரகம் ஆகியன ஆரம்பத்திலிருந்தே நிலைமையை எதிர்கொண்டனவுஹான் மாகாணத்தில் வைரஸ் பரவியபோது முதலாவது இலங்கை மாணவர் தொகுதியையும்சீனாவிலிருந்த ஏனைய இலங்கையர்களையும் நாட்டிற்கு திருப்பி அனுப்புவதற்கு இந்த வெளிநாட்டுத் தூதரகங்கள் முக்கிய காரணமாக இருந்தனஇதனால்தான் நான் அவர்களை வீரர்களாகக் கருதுகின்றேன்பேரழிவு ஏற்படும் தருணமொன்றில் அத்தகைய வகிபாகத்தை வகிப்பது எந்தவொரு தூதரகத்தினதும் பொறுப்பாகும்ஆனால் இதற்கு முன்னர் நாங்கள் இத்தகையதொரு சூழ்நிலையை எதிர்கொள்ளவில்லைஇன்று சீனாவில் நாம் சந்தித்த நிலைமை இப்போது உலகம் முழுவதும் வியாபித்துள்ளது.

 

தனது கருத்துக்களை நிறைவு செய்துகொண்ட திருஆரியசிங்கஇந்த முயற்சியில் நாம் எந்தளவு தூரம் வெற்றி எய்தியுள்ளோம் என்பதனை காலம் எமக்குத் தெரியப்படுத்தும் என வலியுறுத்தினார்அத்துடன் எம்மால் மேற்கொள்ளப்படும் உரிய நடவடிக்கைகள் மூலமாக பொருளாதாரத் துறையில் ஏற்பட்டுள்ள நிலைமைகளைக் கடக்க முடியும்இந்த நேரத்தில்வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சாகிய நாங்கள் இந்த சூழ்நிலையை சமாளிப்பதற்காக எங்களால் முடிந்த அனைத்தையும் செய்வதற்கு கடமைப்பட்டுள்ளோம்இந்த நிலைமை குறைவடையும் போது எதிர்காலத்திற்காகவும்பொருளாதாரத் துறையின் சவால்களை எதிர்கொள்வதற்காகவும் தயாராக இருக்க வேண்டும் எனக் குறிப்பிட்டார்.

 

 

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08 ஏப்ரல் 2020


FOREIGN SECRETARY ARYASINHA OUTLINES ROLE AND PREPARATIONS OF THE MINISTRY AND ITS MISSIONS IN TACKLING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC  

Media Releases | Mon, 6 Apr 2020

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Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has outlined the role and preparations of the Ministry of Foreign Relations and its missions across the world, in helping Sri Lanka tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing concerns of Sri Lankan nationals overseas. Referring to Sri Lankan citizens abroad, he said “parents here in Sri Lanka, should rest a little bit more comfortably about their children, knowing that the Embassy is a phone call away and if there are issues on the ground, that our Missions abroad will deal with it” and that “if there is a real calamity, the Government of Sri Lanka will step in”. He said while dealing with the immediate concerns at hand, the Ministry and Missions are working hard “to anticipate and prepare for any difficulties ahead, and to further map out what we do the day after this problem is solved, particularly on the economic front”.

The Foreign Secretary made these observations, in a wide-ranging interview with Indeewari Amuwatte, on the ‘Hyde Park’ programme of Ada Derana 24, on 4 April 2020.

Full interview is at : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY1eD5c__h4

Below is the transcript of Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha’s interview with Indeewari Amuwatte on ‘Hyde Park’ on Ada Derana 24 on 4th April 2020 (Pl. note that some comments have been re-clustered under relevant headings)

 

INITIAL CHALLENGE IN HANDLING COVIND-19 OUTBREAK IN CHINA

 

IA: As Sri Lanka combats to eliminate the health crisis of the COVID 19 pandemic along with the rest of the countries across the globe, we thought of speaking to Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka whose Missions across the countries of the world have been in the forefront of dealing with expatriate issues. A warm welcome to you Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha Sri Lanka’s Foreign Secretary who was formerly Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. Foreign Secretary, let’s start off talking about the work of the Sri Lankan Missions overseas since the start of this crisis. The Foreign Ministry had to be at the epicenter of where the virus began -Wuhan, and the influx of concerns of Sri Lankans citizens there.  Since then we have come a long way from evacuation of 30 students to setting up ‘Contact Sri Lanka’.  What is the latest update that you can share with us? 

SFR:    There have been many phases of the Foreign Ministry’s involvement in this issue. Our three Missions in China, had to deal with something which we did not know the length and breadth of and how it manifested itself.  We were all dealing with a problem which we didn’t even understand. In fact, I last week asked my colleagues in China –  the Actg. Ambassador in Beijing and Consul Generals in Shanghai and Guangzhou to write a list of ‘dos and don’ts’ – what you tell people when they come to you, how you give hope, how you help – and I circulated it to all our Missions and to all my staff, because I think that those three guys and their staff behind them, were true heroes of dealing with overseas Sri Lankans. That’s part of the Foreign Mission’s routine mandate, but I think that the magnitude and the scale of this operation has pushed us to points which we have never experienced before. Certain aspects we have experienced in regions, but this we are experiencing simultaneously across the globe today.

So from getting students from Wuhan by a Charter Flight – and that is the only Charter Flight which has been flown especially to do this so far, to facilitating others from China to return, to repatriating a large number of pilgrims who were in India through Commercial Flights – no charter Flights were used in India – to then dealing with each pocket of development in the various countries, our Missions have been in the forefront.

Our Missions have had to do two set of things, one has primarily been dealing with an immediate problem, two to anticipate where this could go.  Because I don’t think any of us quite know.

CHALLENGES FACED BY MISSIONS ABROAD IN OTHER REGIONS

 

IA: It has moved to Europe now.

SFR:    Exactly. We have to be ready to face it wherever it is, and our Missions spread across the globe are on the frontline of this action. My job through our bureaucracy and under our Hon. Minister and the directives of the President, Prime Minister and the Government, is to prepare our Missions to deal with this. I am sure that as much as we say so, there is never enough preparation, and all we can do is to have a good check on things.

Over the last two days we had tele-conferences with all our Missions in five groups because the requirements in each place are different. In South Asia the focus is largely on students, with some people working in factories and Sri Lankans exporters in Bangladesh being a particular pocket. Middle East is a whole other ball game – because there you have more than million or even 1.5 million of Sri Lankan expatriate working force.  Some are in houses, some are outside, some are registered with the Foreign Employment Bureau, some are not. So you have lots of issues which are not just Corona related, but are fundamentally vulnerabilities of a Sri Lankan who is not so well to do, who is dependent on an home employer or a factory out there. Then when you go to countries like Malaysia, you find both – about hundreds of students, but also 20,000 workers as well.  Then you can talk about Australia and the western countries where there are large student populations and others, who are holding Sri Lankan citizenship.

CONTACT SRI LANKA’ WEB PORTAL

 

It is to take stock of this totality that we launched a web portal. Because while we have data collected already – our estimate right now is that we have about 2.6 million Sri Lankans abroad – we need to be clearer on this and have some hard data to be available, particularly in this context, and to be of assistance to these communities.

IA: Contact Sri Lanka the online web portal was launched on 26th of March.  To date is has 45,770  Sri Lankans living abroad registered on this portal and I think we need to invite more and more Sri Lankans living overseas to register on this web portal because this is for the Foreign Ministry to be in touch with our Sri Lankans living overseas.

As you know Contact Sri Lanka is a joint exercise we did with ICTA and we have very good cooperation and collaboration that was put up in less than a week. For example, at 12.53 on that site somebody has said that they were having a problem with their stipend somewhere in Southern India, Bangalore. It reached me by about 2.30.  I put it to my Actg. High Commissioner in New Delhi by 3.30, and by 6.00 clock we had fixed the problem, and he had contacted the Foreign Office which was dealing with the stipend issue and there was an understanding that the stipends will be paid a little in advance and this problem was sorted.  Yesterday, there was a problem of somebody stuck on the border trying to cross from Thailand to Laos. Within a few hours we were able to get them to talk to our Ambassador in Thailand and who is also concurrently accredited to Laos and we were able to get that sorted.

 

IA: Lot of resources put together to address the concerns of the Sri Lankans.

 

CONCERNS OVER HOST COUNTRY POLICIES

 

IA: As more and more Sri Lankans overseas are wondering when they can return to Sri Lanka amid this global pandemic, cities and countries across the world put all their resources to combat this health crisis in the form of COVID 19, the Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka issued a statement very recently requesting all Sri Lankan expatriates to remain in the current locations until the risk of COVID 19 is minimized and also Foreign Secretary, you assured that request for return to Sri Lanka will be considered once the spread of the virus is contained in the country.   This was one of your very latest media releases.  But in a turn of events, Prime Minister of Australia yesterday at a press briefing announced that it is time for temporary visa holders to make their way back home. He said if they are not in a position to support themselves, then there is the alternative for them to return to their home countries. Something very strong I see is that as much as it is lovely to have visitors to Australia in good times at times like this, if you are visitor in this country, it is time as it has been for some while and  I know that many visitors have to make their way  back home.  Have you tried to speak to the High Commission here and your Mission abroad in Australia?  What does this mean? This affect many Sri Lankan in Australia. Who are these temporary visa holders they are referring to?

SFR:    Frankly I was taken aback when I heard that comment. We are a country who had over 30,000 tourists two or three weeks ago when we closed or limited arrivals. Half of them are still in this country and we are looking after them.  Many of them are staying in this country because they feel that we will handle this in some systematic way.  Also, it is a sentiment of confidence to our tourist industry that we not only look after ourselves but we look after our visitors through thick and thin. There were some points where I think some concerns and that was very immediately dealt with by both the political leadership as well as the bureaus which are dealing with tourism.

It is in that context that this was a little surprising. But before I came here, I spoke to David Holly, High Commissioner for Australia, and he has re-assured that this was not, and I repeat, not meant for students. The idea in the Australian comments was essentially about visitors, which was tourists, and what they were trying to say is that they were encouraging those who were there on short term visas to get back home. That is each country’s decision.

IA: Foreign Secretary, Sri Lanka being a small nation, you are intervening in negotiations with other missions in other countries through the Sri Lankan Missions to extend visas of Sri Lankans who are in other countries on temporary visas. At the same time these countries, you would be reaching out to Australia I presume.   But a statement like this because this is a global pandemic and we have shut our Airports down. Is it ethical for a nation to request nationals of other countries to leave?   Because yes at good times you have the Foreign exchange coming in but at bad times too you have to stick together? 

SFR:    It is above my pay scale to answer that question. But all I can say is I think that different countries have to deal with it in different ways. We have about 12,000 Sri Lankan students living in Australia and I understand they have 586,000 foreign students altogether, that is more than a million from all over the world in Australia. Students are a big industry to the Universities and the Australian economy, so I was rather surprised by this comment as I said.

I think we have to leave each country to decide on how they deal with this problem in a manner which is reasonable, which does not unduly inconvenience people. Sri Lanka did not do it in a negotiated way – we were one of the earliest countries to extend visas of all those who are in this country, foreign visitors or any category of visa holders till the 15th of April and then last week we extended it to the 12th of May. But I emphasize, I think we must leave each country to make their call, and many countries as I know have responded to our appeal, people who out their on-visit visas have been told to contact the nearest visa Post. Our Embassies are working with those Foreign Ministries and making that information known to Sri Lankan citizens abroad.

IA: But if Australia does not change their stance on this and they request and encourage visitors to travel home, what will be the measures taken by the Foreign Ministry, especially we have a large number of Sri Lankan visitors there too on temporary visa.  What will we do?

SFR:    I think we have to really look at the numbers and movements. The Australians will have to tell us that, because they are the ones who have issued the visas for them to go.  There must be many parents visiting children and children visiting parents – Whether they come under this categorization of those “who don’t have means”. So there might be some room there. I guess this really applies to somebody who is on a very short visa, short visit. Let us discuss with the Australians. I am sure that there are certain norms and processes, but I can very firmly assure you that this does not apply to students – which I think was the scare this morning when we heard about it. I think parents with children out, are in any case very concerned for the last two weeks.

SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AND OVERSEAS SRI LANKANS

SFR: There have been many parents who have spoken to me, and I personally try to spend time whenever I am being spoken to directly, because I understand the worry of the parents. We would all love, particularly in a situation like this, to have our kids with us. But when you face crisis like these, you have to balance interests and try to safeguard everybody.  Maybe children who are sitting in a hostel out there are safer sitting there, than actually trying to scramble back, even if the airport was opened and even if the flights were there. Trying to come through international airports and public transport at this time, could unnecessarily expose you to Covid-19. We saw that latest story of how that one gentleman got the disease, that he was caught in the midst of those who came from Italy. All of us today are sitting here quite well and who knows what will happen tomorrow? In our culture, we are attuned to understanding that reality. But governments have to try to find solutions in a whole of Government sense, taking competing interests in to account, and eventually prioritizing.

IA: Sri Lankan students for instance, you say that number of them are and it is better for them to remain there until this situation is under control.  But what is their food and sanitation and other requirements.  At what level are you connect to them?  Yes, through the Missions but there may be those who are not reachable at this time because the Universities are under locked down or certain countries shut down and emergency services in place.  Let’s talk a little bit about the challenges that Foreign Ministry face.

SFR:    That depends from country to country and also the cultures of those countries.  Now my sense is that pretty much in South Asia and probably South East Asia as well, that we have a pretty good idea of students, and by and large their basics are met. But there must be many anxious parents watching this. I am sure that children are anxious too. I don’t know whether children are more anxious or parents are more anxious.  Probably parents are more anxious than the children.  And I think you reinforce that anxiety on each other. That should be avoided. We must all remain strong, in order to survive this.

My advice to my colleagues, is don’t give expectations you can’t fulfill. It’s much better to be sensitive to concerns, and try to respond to real issues, rather than just to please, giving people false hope at a time like this. Now just this simple announcement clarifying what the situation on the ground was, and the reluctant but definite decision the government took that to not bring back folks, I think that calmed things down to some extent. Our Missions which earlier had to be on the one hand answering questions “why aren’t you sending our kids back” or “why aren’t you sending the workers back”, which was beyond us, have now to deal with a more direct problem – which is “how do you look after them where they are”.  I think that clarifies matters. I am satisfied of the efforts of most of our Missions –  again not all in the same way because there the resources are different, the circumstances are different. These are not problems you can resolve by waving a a magic wand, but we are better prepared to do that.

At the same time Sri Lankan citizens abroad, while naturally being anxious, must know that if there is a real calamity, the Government of Sri Lanka will step in. They must have that confidence. Now at this point we feel that this is the right decision.  Down the road things can change. With that confidence I think we will succeed to the extent that each of us, as far as we can, go about our business, more carefully and more protected.

The parents here in Sri Lanka, should rest a little bit more comfortably about their children, knowing that the Embassy is a phone call away and that if there are any issues on the ground, that our Missions abroad will deal with it. This is not a Foreign Affairs issue alone.  This is a national issue.  We are good at dealing with difficult issues.

IA: Sri Lanka rushed to bring students as I mentioned at the beginning to bring back student from Wuhan and pilgrims as well as other students across the world where the need arose.

ECONOMIC PREPAREDNESS

 

IA: Moving away from the present challenges, to look at the future. Looking ahead, Sri Lanka and the rest of the world can’t be stuck in fighting this pandemic, but exports where there is foreign exchange coming in, we have certain challenges in the ongoing situation. In the economic front, through you Missions with the Export Development Board, you will be facilitating exporters during this volatile period. But imports, we have banned imports of non-essential items oil and other essential goods are permitted. We are looking at exports, we are looking at manufacturing status in Sri Lanka, improving exports so that we can earn foreign exchange to facilitate those essential imports to the country but what is the challenge at the moment that you are facing?

SFR:    I think that is a very serious question because, as we deal with today, we have to think of the day after. I think countries which are going to succeed in coming out of this are those which are able to do both.  I think it is equally important. In the Foreign Ministry our officers who are handling the Economic Division are focused essentially at this point, in trying to get together with the EDB, Tourist Board, BOI and other agencies on precisely this aspect.

Tea is a classic example.  This is a point where Sri Lanka’s tea might get a good market, because tea is seen as a good beverage in these times. One problem was that the tea auctions had stalled so exporting became difficult, but I am very happy that today we have electronically started the tea auctions. I think this is a good step. Now in Turkey I understand there is already some opportunity to increase our market.  Similarly, it would help if we can push the kinds of products on which we have a niche, which we have the production lines going on. Because one good thing which Sri Lanka has done is, while we have shut down a lot, tea estates I understand are working; agricultural production side is still working.  So, if we can keep those going at least we can ensure the supply.

The demand side of course is another matter.  Countries are compressing their orders because they are not quite sure when the Walmart is going to be open again. So that is the buyer.  But  I think both sides have to work. What we in Sri Lanka can do, is to try to make sure that our traditional supply lines are doing well.

Interestingly, some new products have also emerged from this, like protective gear. Apparently, we are manufacturing that now. We are manufacturing it for ourselves and there are some countries which are asking for samples. And we have already provided some samples of it. So, the niche we have in the garment manufacturing, if we can convert into this type of product as well, in future it will give us some openings.  And I think we have to do that, because countries like Vietnam are doing it very well in these circumstances.  So, if we are to stay ahead of that curve, while we are on the one hand fighting to keep the disease down, those who are in the productive sectors have to also keep the exports going.

Similarly, on tourism, as I told earlier the 15,000 who are continuing here will be the biggest advertisement Sri Lanka can provide to tourism in the future. I recently saw that guy who talked on BBC after visiting Sri Lanka a couple of days ago. That was an advertisement which money couldn’t pay for. How Sri Lanka takes care of them all, and how Sri Lanka is handling things themselves. So that gives a certain confidence to audiences out there.

Therefore, on the economic front we are at early stages, but we have to get the niche industries working.  This is a thought which must percolate right down to the worker in a factory.  He or she is not only working for one’s self, but they also are keeping the clock going in terms of production and manufacture. If factories close down, those who are on daily wages and irregular employment will lose their work, and create further complications for themselves, exports and the country.

IA: I like to go back to economic activity. As this is not your normal line of work but the Foreign Ministry is very important at this juncture.  Looking ahead, post pandemic situation right now Sri Lanka needs to be figuring out a way forward, and economic blue print to find out how we address the country’s need as a self-sustained Nation when we can’t import we have to look at manufacturing and you spoke of the areas where Sri Lanka has already ventured into and how tea might be the solution to Sri Lanka’s economic woes at the moment.  But specifically, what are the Missions doing right now to speak to these Nations because given these situations there might be other requirements for Sri Lanka to cater to, because we have the work force.

 

SFR:  Some income drop is going to happen.  We have to be realistic about it.

IA: Let’s talk about economic zones too.  What sort of a role will they play if we revive these economic zones?  

SFR:  I think it is important that we do that, as these are all signals to the outside world of our resilience. I don’t think in Vietnam they shut down any economic zones.  May be economic zones are not right in the center of everything, and therefore, it probably is easier.  If you are out there in a zone, you continue to work so long as you have your food and your space and all that.

So, I think these circumstances bring to all of us choices. In normal life if we can do everything and anything we want, when we have a little less money or a little less freedom due to something like this, we start adjusting to what we have. So may be in industry, we also must identify some target industries, which need to keep going to meet the demand.  Demand side is equally problematic.  You can produce all the garments you want, if there is nobody to buy them, what do you do?  I think you got to be on your toes and one thing our Missions are right now doing and we have asked them to, is to see what are the exports which are going to continue, what might be the ones in danger. Understanding that dichotomy is important for us and what the ones which might be futuristic because that’s the supply line we have to work.  There is also a problem about backward linkages. You can’t make garments without having the raw material and fittings, and the supply lines disrupted, as you might call it now. But
I understand now from China, cargo is coming, so that the backward linkages are being restored to a large extent.  I think we got to just focus on a few things and do them well.  We must also have confidence in each other. If we each do our job, we will pull through this together.  One must not try to do the other person’s job. If you do your job right, then I believe that society as a whole will be able to get through this. It’s a difficult patch we have been there before, and I am sure we will come out of this as well.

BILATERAL MUTUAL ASSISTANCE

IA: In this fight against COVID-19 there is a requirement of immediate medical supplier.  How is your team working coordinating with other countries in order to have Sri Lanka access to medical equipment, especially also drugs that we require?

SFR:    I think this is something from day-1 that has been done through the Missions.  The general process is that the Health Department would tell us they want something, and once we have their sanction, we would leverage with the relevant country and their authorities.  Some are very commercial transactions which are easy to do, some involve government.  Sometimes priority has to be given in some countries.  It is to the credit of all our Missions where this sourcing has been taking place, that we have been able to get stuff and get them on the next flight as you have seen things regularly coming in.  We also have to be very careful because we must not get stuff which is not essential at this point, with the drugs which are coming in and all there are lot of people trying to sell their wares.  But we must have some control and so we are not trying to get anything even if given free, which is not sanctioned and not authorized by the Health authorities, because they have to be the captain in telling us whether this is to be brought or not to be brought, because it comes from both sides.  There are new products as well, but our Ambassadors are on the ball on that and they are keeping us abreast of new developments, particularly the test kits. It’s a big debate on how fast the test is, but we are allowing Health to lead and tell us what they want and we will do what they want. That’s what how it’s going, and the COVID control operation is working with us on this from time to time. So, there is a good check and balance on how we are procuring material and medicines for them.

In terms of international assistance, we talk about the SAARC Fund, we talk about your Ministry and your Missions being in contact with Missions overseas who are in touch with them respective countries and foreign ministries and also China sending assistance.  If we look at the larger picture here how far are, we in calling for assistance and accepting these.  Especially, when most of these bigger Nations are also facing and are crippled in the face of this pandemic. 

SFR:    I think we are taking and we are giving as well.  In the SAARC Fund, we are putting down 5 million dollars, which all the SAARC countries can draw on – that’s giving.  There is a stock of tea on the way to UK to be given to the NHS, which could do with a cup of tea at this point when they are under a lot of pressure.  And I think we are trying to be generous and helpful in places we can.

We are at the same time receiving a lot of assistance as you can see the World Bank and IMF made some provisions available to us.  We also know that we are receiving assistance both from government sources as well as non-governmental sources. Sri Lankan communities out there are very worried about themselves, but in true Sri Lankan spirit these are the very people who also collecting stuff to be sent to Sri Lanka.  Yesterday, we had to in fact try to encourage some of them whether it is not more practical to send in money to the COVID-10 Presidential Fund, or to send material stuff which we have to freight and might take a little longer with all the cargo restrictions/ flight restrictions. These are all choices which we are making.

But besides these material stuff, there are also processual help we need. Back again to the Middle-East, where I really believe that we must be very conscious because that is where our biggest issue is, given that it is the largest overseas Sri Lankan population and a population which has funded a lot of tax payers giving a lot to this country through foreign exchange.  This is an occasion where they must not feel that we are not standing by them enough, and it is important that we stay with them.

 

IA:  What can we do?

SFR:    We are talking to organizations like the IOM and organizations like CARITAS to try and help some of these people who are out of jobs.  Some of them are illegal as I said. So, we have to find ways and means.  In fact, today I told someone in IOM, treat this as equal to the situation during the Gulf War. If this is a war, then you can’t sit back and say no, this is not in the book.  We have to find ways of getting rules for these things on our own at some point.

For now, where people are stuck in an airport and couldn’t come as airports were suddenly shut down, we have to look after those people, ahead of people who were on holiday, are with family and possibly have means, as we don’t have the capacity at this point to do all. Yes, we can share a meal but we have to anticipate that if this goes longer, there might be people out of jobs, there might be people who are citizens of Sri Lanka whose responsibility lies squarely and surely on Sri Lanka’s shoulders. And if they are not going to be welcomed in those countries, then we have to deal with that. We have to be prepared for that.

 

OVERSEAS SRI LANKAN COMMUNITY SUPPORT

IA: Communities, Sri Lankan Nationals overseas can now play a bigger role than they usually do in helping Sri Lanka, in mitigating effects of COVID-19, so how can we bring them together in this fight.  How do we interface with the rest of the world?  What is the way forward?

SFR:    I think right now there is a little bit of juggle between worrying for oneself and worrying about a larger cause. But as we all know, one way to deal with worrying about oneself, is to look at the larger cause. And I think in many places as I said there have been collections being made, equipment being procured. Ventilators for instance, yesterday in New York they were trying to send some ventilators to Sri Lanka and we wanted to match what they were trying to send and the system for the Health authorities.  Today we were told it is OK. So it will be sent on the next flight.  So, they are doing it and I think all we have to do is to encourage them to do more.  I would say sending funds at this time where transfers might be the quicker and easier thing to do. Similarly, we are also requesting friendly governments who might be inclined to help, to give us some financial support to get through this and also to give us some financial redress in rescheduling some of the loan payments. So all these exercises are happening.

So my sense is that time will tell how successful we are, but right now, what the Foreign Ministry can do, is to deal with the present situation, to anticipate and prepare for any difficulties ahead, and further map out what we do the day after this problem is solved, particularly on the economic front.

IA: Thank you very much. I would like to remind our viewers of something you said – that the Government will step in where necessary, but for our very own overseas Sri Lankans stay where you are, remain at your current locations and stay safe.  

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Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha joins Indeewari Amuwatte @ Hyde Park on Ada Derana 24 - 4 April 2020

 

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MINISTER GUNAWARDENA EXPLORES PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO ASSIST EXPATRIATE COMMUNITIES WITH FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIALS

 

Media Releases | Fri, 3 Apr 2020

 

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Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena met with senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Relations today at the Ministry to discuss about the welfare of the Sri Lankan expatriate communities, difficulties currently being faced by these communities and ways to explore practical solutions to assist expatriate communities at this time of need.

Earlier this week, taking note of the growing concerns of the Overseas Sri Lankans amidst the rapid spread of COVID- 19 and their inability to immediately return to Sri Lanka, the Ministry had discussed with Sri Lanka Missions abroad ongoing and further measures to ensure the well being and safety of Overseas Sri Lankans.

In discussing issues of migrant workers, especially in the Middle Eastern countries, the Minister directed the senior officials of the Ministry to work closely with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) to find appropriate solutions to such issues.

Foreign Minister Gunawardena also highlighted the importance of maintaining economic and trade relations between Sri Lanka and other countries during this period. He advised the officials to take necessary actions to explore new markets for Sri Lankan products, especially for Tea and to consolidate existing markets for Sri Lankan products such as apparel.

Foreign Minister Gunawardena appreciated the services of senior officials of the Ministry, including staff of Sri Lankan Overseas Missions, and their dedication during this difficult period. Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha, Additional Secretaries, Directors General and other senior officials attended the meeting.

Ministry of Foreign Relations
Colombo
 
03 April 2020
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FOREIGN MINISTRY TAKES STOCK OF ACTION BY SRI LANKA MISSIONS ABROAD TO ENSURE THE WELFARE OF OVERSEAS SRI LANKANS (OSL)

 

Media Releases | Fri, 3 Apr 2020

 

The Ministry of Foreign Relations, sensitive to the concerns of the OSLs amidst the rapid spread of the COVID-19 and the inability to return to Sri Lanka, has held consultations over the past 2 days with its Heads of Missions based in 67 cities across the world, to facilitate the wellbeing and safety of Overseas Sri Lankans, while preparing for any exigencies they could have to meet in the coming days.

In a series of tele-conferences led by Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha with Heads of Mission/Post in 5 regional clusters (South Asia, Middle East, South East Asia & East Asia, Africa & Latin America, as well as North America & Europe), issues that demanded attention in respect of Overseas Sri Lankans were discussed, in keeping with the Government’s policy directives, on the COVID -19 pandemic. The focal point of the Foreign Ministry on COVID -19 Action and DG/East Asia Mr. Kandeepan Balasubramaniam, Additional Secretaries, respective territorial DGs and relevant functional DGs of the Ministry were associated in the discussions. The Acting General Manager of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), W.M.V. Wansekara, also attended some of the consultations which focused on Sri Lankan migrant receiving countries.

Overall, all Sri Lanka Missions, even though mostly in ‘work from home’ mode, have been constantly interacting with the student communities and the migrant workers in their respective stations and have established 24-hour emergency hotlines providing easy access to the Mission staff. While the Missions are in the process of updating databases of Sri Lankans in their respective stations, social media platforms are also being used to maintain and enhance links by which information could be shared. The Sri Lanka Missions in these regions have assured the community members and students studying overseas that requests for return of Sri Lankans will be considered once the spread of the virus is contained in the country.

Sri Lanka Missions in the Middle East, as well as South East Asia, East Asia, Africa and Southern Europe, which host the largest concentration of Sri Lankan expatriate workers, informed of their efforts to constantly network with Sri Lankans overseas and the community representatives, assisting them in matters concerning emergency passports, visa extensions, and employment contracts, by discussing with the respective local authorities and intervening and seeking clearances, as required.

Highlighting  the need to assist this important  segment  of migrant  labour, one of largest contributors  to  Sri Lanka’s  foreign  exchange, the Ministry stressed that  the  Missions and the SLBFE should  also look after and facilitate the well-being of Sri Lankans without valid  visas, unemployed  and  also  those not registered with the SLBFE. It was noted that some Sri Lanka Missions have  liaised  with local  charities that support  people  who  are  unemployed, recruiting agencies,  other community organizations, International organizations such as IOM and Caritas, to render assistance to Sri Lankans until such time they  can  be  safely  repatriated   back   to  Sri Lanka. The declaration of amnesty periods by some  Middle  Eastern countries  and  the ramifications of such action, were also discussed during the
tele conferences.

With respect to Sri Lankan students enrolled across the globe, most Missions, including those in the West, reported having close contact with the University administrations and the students communities, to make certain that the students have continued access to their accommodation in hostels, access to food and medical facilities.

The Missions have also been striving to secure visa extensions for students, as well as others residents and those visiting abroad, whose visas are lapsing. This concession was granted for over 15,000 foreigners visiting Sri Lanka  until 12  May, due to reasons caused by the pandemic.

On the economic front, the Ministry, through its Mission network, in collaboration with the Export Development Board (EDB) is in the process of facilitating Sri Lankan exporters at this volatile time period to re-position themselves in the long run. In this respect, the Missions network assists the EDB to obtain market information as well as address issues relevant to supply side constraints in our key export sourcing countries.  This also includes seeking new opportunities for Sri Lanka for existing products, as well as requirements related to the COVID 19 situation.

The Ministry also took note of the positive action by some Missions in collaborating with the Sri Lankan Health authorities, to coordinate procurement of medicines and medical equipment urgently needed on a Government to Government basis. Missions were further requested to look for opportunities to obtain test kits and necessary medical equipment in consultation with the Ministry of Health, to help mitigate the spread of the virus in Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, the new ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ online Web Portal launched by the Ministry of Foreign Relations on 26 March 2020, has to date seen 45,770 Sri Lankans living abroad register, a bulk of them from the Middle East. It is noteworthy that 1955 queries have also been directed to the portal, and been answered. The Portal is a direct interface for all Overseas Sri Lankans to voice their views and concerns to the Ministry and the Missions, and has been jointly created by the Foreign Ministry and Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA). The web link is hosted on the Ministry web page www.mfa.gov.lk and also can be accessed at www.contactsrilanka.mfa.gov.lk.

Ministry of Foreign Relations

Colombo

2 April 2020

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Appeal to all Sri Lankans and well-wishers living in Sri Lanka and Abroad: An Appeal made with the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers

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Extension of Visas to Foreigners residing in Sri Lanka

Media Release | 01.04.2020 | Department of Government Information

This is further to the previous notice released by the Department of Immigration and Emigration on 17.03.2020 with regard to the extension of visas for the Foreigners residing in Sri Lanka.

Accordingly, the validity period of all types of Visas had been extended for a period of 30 days with effect from 14th March 2020 to 12th April 2020.

Having considered the spread of Covid-19 virus in the country, it has been decided to further extend the validity period of all types of Visas issued to all foreigners who are currently residing in Sri Lanka from another 30 days.

1) The validity period of all types of Visas will be extended till 12th May 2020.

2) The procedure to pay the relevant visa fee and to get the visa endorsed in the Passport will be informed to you later. Hence, you are hereby informed to refrain from visiting the Visa Division of the Department of Immigration and Emigration as mentioned in the previous notice.

3) If you intend to leave the island during the aforementioned period; your journey will be facilitated by paying the relevant visa fee at the Airport without any penalty.

4) The validity period of the Acknowledgements issued for the applications already submitted to the Department of Immigration and Emigration to obtain visas, will also be extended for another period of 30 days; till 12th May 2020. If you intend to leave the country during the given period, a request to obtain your passport along with a scan copy of the Acknowledgement and the flight ticket should be sent to the following email addresses. Necessary advises in this regard, will be communicated to you accordingly via the same channel.

i. dcvisa@immigration.gov.lk

ii. acvisa@immigration.gov.lk

iii. acvisa1@immigration.gov.lk

iv. acvisa2@immigration.gov.lk

v. aceta@immigration.gov.lk

for Inquiry+0771588724

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PRESIDENT URGES WHO DG TO PURSUE IMF/WORLD BANK DEBT MORATORIUM IN VIEW OF COVID- 19 CALAMITY

 

Media Releases | Wed, 1 Apr 2020

 

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COVID – 19 FUND INCREASES FURTHER

 

Media Releases | Wed, 1 Apr 2020

 

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OVER 17,000 OVERSEAS SRI LANKANS REGISTER ON ‘CONTACT SRI LANKA’

 

Media Releases | Sat, 28 Mar 2020

Over 17,457 Overseas Sri Lankans (OSL) had by Saturday noon (28 March), registered on the ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ Online Portal of the Ministry of Foreign Relations. Of these, 6773 are from the Middle East region, 1892 from Europe, 1302 from South Asia, 1028 from North America and over 6000 from other parts of the world.

This portal jointly created by the Ministry of Foreign Relations and the Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) for the benefit of Overseas Sri Lankans, was launched on Thursday (26 March 2020). It is hosted on the Ministry web page www.mfa.gov.lk and can also be accessed at www.contactsrilanka.mfa.gov.lk. A dedicated team of officials have been assigned by the Ministry of Foreign Relations to respond to queries.

A bulk of the 700 inquiries received through ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ so far, relate to the possibility of return to the country. However in light of the special request made by the Government yesterday (27 March) to Sri Lankan expatriates urging them to safely remain where they are now until the risk of  COVID-19 virus is minimized and the disease is contained in Sri Lanka, the Ministry has taken several measures through its Mission network to continue to facilitate and address the immediate concerns of the Overseas Sri Lankans. Other common inquiries include the welfare of student populations, extension of visa, lack of financial support for those unemployed, non-payment of salaries, closing down of commercial establishments and questions on quarantine upon arrival.

Over the past two weeks since disruptions to travel, Sri Lanka Missions abroad have been particularly vigilant and prompt in taking action towards addressing the impending issues faced, particularly by the student populations. Some of the measures put in place included ensuring that hostels remain open, that food supply/provision is maintained by the respective establishments, and that if they require medical assistance they are directed to medical facilities, wherever possible, to seek extensions of university/school payments of students. The Missions have also been directed to maintain close engagement with educational establishments with Sri Lankan students and the student community to continue to provide for their welfare.

With respect to Sri Lankan employees in the Middle East and Asia in particular, Missions will work with host governments to secure fair treatment and concessions for Sri Lankan expatriate workers to the maximum extent possible. This includes safeguarding the rights of the workers in relation to payment of salaries and ensuring job security.

As for the broader population of Sri Lankans, Missions have also been requested to liaise with Sri Lanka Associations, organizations and places of worship established by Sri Lankans, in providing assistance to those Sri Lankans facing difficulty and are in need of assistance in the face of the rapidly evolving situation.  The Missions have been requested to mobilize to provide basic sustenance and medical facilities, in full measure.

Earlier on 18 March, Sri Lanka requested foreign governments to facilitate appropriate visa extensions for Sri Lankans currently visiting their countries, in view of the control measures issued by most countries due to COVID-19. A number of states have positively responded to this request, and the Sri Lanka Missions have been asked to communicate the modalities for this process to those affected, while engaging other host Governments to work out reciprocal arrangements, as Sri Lanka extended this facility to all foreign nationals presently in Sri Lanka since mid-March.

 

Ministry of Foreign Relations
Colombo
 
28 March 2020
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SPECIAL REQUEST BY THE GOVERNMENT TO SRI LANKAN EXPATS

 

Media Releases | Fri, 27 Mar 2020

 

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FOREIGN MINISTRY LAUNCHES ‘CONTACT SRI LANKA’-ONLINE PORTAL FOR OVERSEAS SRI LANKANS IN COLLABORATION WITH ICTA

 

Media Releases | Thu, 26 Mar 2020

 

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‘Contact Sri Lanka’ an online portal jointly created by the Ministry of Foreign Relations and Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) for the benefit of Overseas Sri Lankans was launched today (26 March 2020) at the Ministry of Foreign Relations. The web link is hosted on the Ministry web page www.mfa.gov.lk and also can be accessed at www.contactsrilanka.mfa.gov.lk.

Establishment  of the portal, is pursuant to the call made by  President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for coordinated efforts by all Government stakeholders to fight the COVID-19 outbreak and to harness digital technology to prompt faster and more efficient service delivery.

All Sri Lankans living abroad are invited to register voluntarily on the platform’s basic functionalities allowing the Government of Sri Lanka to reach out and provide assistance during emergencies such as the COVID19 outbreak. This platform will allow the Ministry to access real time data for quick action. The open access platform would also facilitate Overseas Sri Lankans to interact between government stakeholders, promoting greater access to the Government services through a single centralized point at the Ministry of Foreign Relations. This Portal will also connect Overseas Sri Lankans with the network of Sri Lanka Missions abroad.

In the long term, the Portal will be expanded and is expected to serve as an official source of information and facilitate Overseas Sri Lankans in obtaining  a wider range of digital services offered by the Government.

A dedicated team of officials have already been assigned by the Ministry of Foreign Relations to respond to queries of Overseas Sri Lankans  and also to act as an online help desk, during emergencies in consultation with relevant stakeholders. Registration by country will also allow the Ministry to propose concrete policy decisions in critical response situations such as evacuation etc., depending on the number of emergency assistance requests generated.

For easy facilitation, the portal also includes a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which will serve as a guideline for generic queries. This user friendly platform can be easily navigated via the internet, on any browser or interface and can be accessed by all  registered users to direct  a query or request assistance, even from a mobile phone.

The data provided through this portal is protected to ensure the  privacy of Overseas Sri Lankans and will not be shared  without the consent of the users.

The ICTA will be working closely with the Ministry of Foreign Relations in expanding the features of the portal in stages, to create a comprehensive online service platform for Overseas Sri Lankans, via the ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ Portal.

The Ministry of Foreign Relations, is hopeful that this integrated platform will elevate its existing service delivery for Overseas Sri Lankans to a higher level, particularly allowing rapid response in times of emergencies. All Sri Lankans living abroad are invited to benefit from this portal.

 

Ministry of Foreign Relations
Colombo
 
26 March 2020

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මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය

විදේශ අමාත්‍යාංශය, තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ නියෝජිතායතනයේ සහයෝගය ඇතිව, එතෙර සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයින් සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අමතන්න’ මාර්ගගත ද්වාරය දියත් කරයි

එතෙර සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයින්ගේ ප්‍රයෝජනය සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශය හා තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්‍ෂණ නියෝජිතායතනය (ICTA) එක්ව නිර්මාණය කරන ලද ‘ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අමතන්න’ මාර්ගගත ද්වාරය අද දින (2020 මාර්තු 26) විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශයේ දී දියත් කරන ලදී. මෙම වෙබ් සම්බන්ධකතාව, මෙම අමාත්‍යාංශයේ www.mfa.gov.lk වෙබ් අඩවිය මතම සලසා දී ඇති අතර, www.contactsrilanka.mfa.gov.lk හරහා ද මෙම වෙබ් අඩවියට පිවිසිය හැකිය.

COVID-19 පැතිර යෑමට එරෙහිව සටන් කිරීමට සහ කඩිනම්, වේගවත් හා කාර්යක්ෂම සේවා සැපයුමක් සඳහා ඩිජිටල් තාක්‍ෂණය උපයෝගී කර ගැනීම පිණිස රජයේ සියලුම පාර්ශ්වකරුවන්ගේ ප්‍රයත්නයන් සම්බන්ධීකරණය කිරීමට ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා කළ ඉල්ලීමට අනුව මෙම මාර්ගගත ද්වාරය පිහිටුවීම සිදු කෙරේ.

COVID19 පැතිර යාම වැනි හදිසි අවස්ථාවන්හි දී ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජයට ඔවුන් වෙත ළඟා වීමට සහ ආධාර සැපයීමට ඉඩ සලසන මෙම වේදිකාවේ, මූලික ක්‍රියාකාරී කොටසෙහි ස්වේච්ඡාවෙන් ලියාපදිංචි වන ලෙස විදේශයන්හි වෙසෙන සියලුම ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ට ආරාධනා කෙරේ. ඉක්මන් ක්‍රියාමාර්ග ගැනීම සඳහා අමාත්‍යාංශයට අවශ්‍ය තත්‍ය කාලීන දත්ත ලබා ගැනීමට මෙම වේදිකාව ඉඩ සලසයි. මෙම විවෘත ප්‍රවේශ වේදිකාව මඟින් එතෙර සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයින්ට රජයේ පාර්ශ්වකරුවන් සමඟ අන්තර් ක්‍රියා කිරීමට පහසුකම් සැලසෙන අතර, විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශයේ එක් කේන්ද්‍රීය ස්ථානයක් හරහා රජයේ සේවාවන්ට වැඩි ප්‍රවේශයක් ලබා දෙනු ඇත. මෙම ද්වාරය මඟින්, එතෙර සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් විදේශවල පිහිටි ශ්‍රී ලංකා දූත මණ්ඩල ජාලය සමඟ ද සම්බන්ධ කරනු ඇත.

දීර්ඝ කාලීනව, මෙම ද්වාරය පුළුල් කරනු ලබන අතර, එමඟින් නිල තොරතුරු ප්‍රභවයක් ලෙස කටයුතු කිරීම සහ රජය විසින් සපයනු ලබන පුළුල් පරාසයක ඩිජිටල් සේවාවන් ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා එතෙර සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ට පහසුකම් සැලසෙනු ඇතැයි අපේක්ෂා කෙරේ.

එතෙර සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ගේ විමසීම්වලට ප්‍රතිචාර දැක්වීමට මෙන්ම, හදිසි අවස්ථාවල දී අදාළ පාර්ශ්වකරුවන් සමඟ සාකච්ඡා කර මාර්ගගත උපකාරක කවුළුවක් ලෙස කටයුතු කිරීම සඳහා ඇපකැපවූ නිලධාරීන් කණ්ඩායමක් දැනටමත් විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් පත් කර තිබේ. තමන් වෙසෙන රට අනුව ලියාපදිංචි වීම තුළින්, ජනතාව ඉවත් කර ගැනීම වැනි තීරණාත්මක ප්‍රතිචාර අවශ්‍ය අවස්ථාවන්හි දී ලැබෙන හදිසි ආධාර ඉල්ලීම් ගණන මත පදනම්ව, ස්ථිරසාර ප්‍රතිපත්තිමය තීරණ යෝජනා කිරීම සඳහා මෙම අමාත්‍යාංශයට ඉඩ සැලසෙනු ඇත.

මෙම පහසුකම් සැලසීම පහසු කිරීම සඳහා, නිතර අසනු ලබන ප්‍රශ්න (FAQs) ලැයිස්තුවක් ද මෙම ද්වාරයට ඇතුළත් වන අතර, එය පොදු විමසුම් සඳහා මාර්ගෝපදේශයක් වනු ඇත. ඕනෑම මාර්ගගත ගවේශකයක්  හෝ අතුරු මුහුණතක් භාවිත කරමින් අන්තර්ජාලය හරහා මෙම පරිශීලක හිතකාමී වේදිකාවේ පහසුවෙන් සැරිසැරීමට හැකිවන අතර, විමසීමක් කිරීම හෝ උදවු උපකාර ඉල්ලා සිටීම සඳහා සියලුම ලියාපදිංචි පරිශීලකයින්ට ජංගම දුරකථනයක් මඟින් වුවද ඊට ප්‍රවේශ විය හැකිය.

එතෙර සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ගේ පෞද්ගලිකත්වය සහතික කිරීම සඳහා, මෙම ද්වාරය හරහා ලබා දෙනු ලබන දත්ත සුරක්ෂිත කර ඇති අතර, පරිශීලකයින්ගේ අවසරයකින් තොරව ඒවා වෙනත් පාර්ශවයන් වෙත ලබා නොදෙනු ඇත.

‘ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අමතන්න’ ද්වාරය හරහා එතෙර සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් සඳහා පුළුල් මාර්ගගත සේවා වේදිකාවක් නිර්මාණය කිරීම පිණිස මෙම ද්වාරයෙහි විශේෂාංග අදියර වශයෙන් පුළුල් කිරීම සඳහා, තොරතුරු හා සන්නිවේදන තාක්ෂණ නියෝජිතායතනය විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශය සමඟ සමීපව කටයුතු කරනු ඇත.

මෙම ඒකාබද්ධ වේදිකාව මඟින්, එතෙර සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයින් සඳහා දැනට පවත්නා සේවා සැපයීම ඉහළ තලයකට ඔසවා තබනු ඇතැයි විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශය අපේක්ෂා කරයි. විදේශයන්හි වෙසෙන සියලුම ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයින්ට, මෙම ද්වාරයෙන් ප්‍රතිලාභ ලබා ගන්නා ලෙස ආරාධනා කරනු ලැබේ.

 

විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශය

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2020 මාර්තු 26 වැනි දින

 

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ஊடக வெளியீடு

 

வெளிநாட்டிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்களுக்காக ‘இலங்கையுடன் தொடர்பு கொள்ளுதல்‘ இணைய முகப்பினை .சி.டி.உடன் இணைந்து வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு அறிமுகப்படுத்தியுள்ளது

 

வெளிநாட்டிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்களின் நலனுக்காக இலங்கையின் தகவல் மற்றும் தொடர்பாடல் தொழில்நுட்ப நிறுவனம் (ஐ.சி.டி.ஏ) மற்றும் வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு ஆகியன இணைந்து உருவாக்கிய ‘இலங்கையுடன் தொடர்பு கொள்ளுதல்’ இணைய முகப்பு இன்று (26 மார்ச் 2020) வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சில் ஆரம்பித்து வைக்கப்பட்டது. இதற்கான வலைத்தள இணைப்பினை அமைச்சின் வலைத்தளப் பக்கமான www.mfa.gov.lk முகவரியிலும், மற்றும் www.contactsrilanka.mfa.gov.lk என்ற இணையத்தளத்திலும் அணுகிக் கொள்ளலாம்.

 

கோவிட் – 19 நோய் நிலைமையை எதிர்த்துப் போராடுவதற்காகவும், விரைவான மற்றும் திறமையான சேவையை வழங்குவதற்காக டிஜிட்டல் தொழில்நுட்பத்தைப் பயன்படுத்துவதற்காகவும் அனைத்து அரசாங்கப் பங்குதாரர்களின் ஒருங்கிணைந்த முயற்சிகளுக்காக ஜனாதிபதி கோட்டாபய ராஜபக்ஷ அவர்களினால் விடுக்கப்பட்ட அழைப்பின் பேரில் இந்த இணைய முகப்பு நிறுவப்பட்டது.

 

கோவிட் – 19 போன்ற அவசர நிலைமைகளில் அணுகிக் கொள்வதற்கும், உதவுவதற்கும் இலங்கை அரசாங்கத்தை அனுமதிக்கும் முகமாக, இந்த இணைய முகப்பின் அடிப்படைச் செயற்பாடுகளில் தானாக முன்வந்து பதிவு செய்து கொள்ளுமாறு வெளிநாட்டில் வாழும் அனைத்து இலங்கையர்களும் அழைக்கப்படுகின்றார்கள். குறித்த நேரத்திற்கான உண்மையான தரவுகளின் அடிப்படையில் விரைவான நடவடிக்கைகளை அமைச்சு முன்னெடுப்பதற்கு இந்தத் தளம் உதவியாக அமையும். வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சின் ஒற்றை மையப்படுத்தப்பட்ட முனைப்பின் மூலமாக அரசாங்க சேவைகளை அதிகமாக அணுகிக் கொள்வதனை ஊக்குவித்து, வெளிநாட்டிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்கள் அரசாங்கப் பங்குதாரர்களிடையே தொடர்புகளை மேற்கொள்வதற்கும் இந்தத் திறந்த அணுகல் தளம் மேலும் வழியமைப்பதாக அமையும். மேலும், வெளிநாட்டிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்களை வெளிநாடுகளிலுள்ள இலங்கைத் தூதரகங்களின் வலையமைப்புடன் இந்த இணைய முகப்பு இணைத்து வைக்கும்.

 

நீண்ட காலத்திற்கு விரிவுபடுத்தப்படும் இந்த இணைய முகப்பு, அதிகாரபூர்வ தகவல் ஆதாரமாக செயற்பட்டு, அரசாங்கத்தால் வழங்கப்படும் பரந்தளவிலான டிஜிட்டல் சேவைகளை வெளிநாட்டிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்கள் பெற்றுக் கொள்வதற்கு வசதிகளை மேற்கொள்ளும் என எதிர்பார்க்கப்படுகின்றது.

 

வெளிநாட்டிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்களின் கேள்விகளுக்கு பதிலளிப்பதற்காகவும், சம்பந்தப்பட்ட பங்குதாரர்களுடன் கலந்தாலோசித்து அவசரமான காலங்களில் இணையவழி உதவி மையமாக செயற்படுவதற்காகவும் பிரத்தியேக அதிகாரிகள் குழுவொன்று ஏற்கனவே வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சினால் நியமிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. அவசர உதவிக் கோரிக்கைகளின் எண்ணிக்கைக்கு அமைவாக, நாடுகளின் மூலமாக பதிவு செய்யும் முறைமையானது, நாட்டிலிருந்து வெளியேறுதல் போன்ற முக்கியமான சூழ்நிலைகளின் போது உறுதியான கொள்கை முடிவுகளை அமைச்சு முன்மொழிவதற்கு அனுமதிக்கும்.

 

இலகுவான வசதிக்காக, பொதுவான கேள்விகளுக்கான வழிகாட்டியாக செயற்படக்கூடிய, அடிக்கடி கேட்கப்படும் கேள்விகளின் பட்டியலையும் இந்த இணைய முகப்பு கொண்டுள்ளது. பயனருக்கு நட்புறவான இந்தத் தளத்தை இணையம் வாயிலாகவும், எந்தவொரு உலாவி அல்லது இடைமுகத்திலும் எளிதாக அடைய முடிவதுடன், பதிவு செய்யப்பட்ட அனைத்து பயனர்களும் கையடக்கத் தொலைபேசியொன்றினூடாகவும் கூட கோரிக்கையொன்றை முன்வைக்க அல்லது உதவிகளைக் கோர முடியும்.

 

இந்த இணைய முகப்பினூடாக வழங்கப்பட்ட தரவுகள் வெளிநாட்டிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்களின் தனியுரிமையை உறுதி செய்வதற்காக பாதுகாக்கப்படுவதுடன், பயனர்களின் அனுமதியின்றி பகிரப்பட மாட்டாது.

 

இணைய முகப்பின் அம்சங்களை படிமுறைகளாக விரிவாக்குவதற்கும், ‘இலங்கையுடன் தொடர்பு கொள்ளுதல்’ இணைய முகப்பினூடாக வெளிநாட்டிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்களுக்கான விரிவான இணையவழியான சேவைத் தளத்தை உருவாக்குவதற்கும் வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சுடன் இணைந்து ஐ.சி.டி.ஏ. நெருக்கமாக செயற்படும்.

 

இந்த ஒருங்கிணைந்த தளமானது, குறிப்பாக அவசரமான காலங்களில் விரைவாக பதில்களை வழங்குவதனை அனுமதித்து, வெளிநாட்டிலுள்ள இலங்கையர்களுக்கான தற்போதைய சேவை விநியோகத்தை உயர்வான மட்டத்திற்கு உயர்த்தும் என வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு நம்புகின்றது. வெளிநாட்டில் வசிக்கும் அனைத்து இலங்கையர்களும் இந்த இணைய முகப்பின் மூலமாக பயன்களை அடைந்து கொள்வதற்காக அழைக்கப்படுகின்றார்கள்.

 

 

வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு

கொழும்பு

 

26 மார்ச் 2020

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THE AIRPORT ARRIVAL TERMINAL CONTINUES TO BE CLOSED FOR PASSENGERS

 

Media Releases | Sun, 22 Mar 2020

 

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FOREIGN MINISTRY FACILITATES OUTWARD MOVEMENT OF FOREIGN NATIONALS

 

Media Releases | Fri, 20 Mar 2020

 

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Arrangements are being made for the smooth return of foreign nationals who are presently in Sri Lanka on tourist and other visa categories. This will be done using both regular flight movements operating through Sri Lanka and also charter flights that may be deployed, as the airport remains open for outbound passenger movements.

Modalities to facilitate these movements were was discussed today at a meeting chaired by Secretary Foreign Relations, Ravinatha Aryasinha. The meeting was attended by the Ambassadors representing the western hemisphere as well as representatives from the Ministry of Defence, Police Department, Department of Immigration, Airport and Aviation Services, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Civil Aviation and Sri Lankan Airlines.

In view of the curfew which has been imposed, the Acting Inspector General of Police has assured that the air ticket could be used in lieu of a curfew pass for the passengers as well as the vehicle and driver that would be transporting the passengers. Chairman SLTPB said reputed taxi networks and hoteliers have been requested to assist in these movements.

During the meeting, the diplomats present drew attention to the continuing difficulties faced by their nationals presently in the country on account of negative reactions experienced by tourists on some occasions from both owners of tourist lodgings as well as sections of the general public. The Sri Lankan agencies present emphasized that public measures would be taken to ensure Sri Lanka’s traditional hospitality to foreign nationals in these difficult circumstances.

Special telephones lines have been set up to ensure that such instances will be reported promptly and dealt with.

Special contact facilities have also been provided to those foreign nationals who are being moved to the quarantine centres.

Following the appeal made by Sri Lanka earlier this week, the representatives of several governments informed that they had taken steps to extend visas of Sri Lankans abroad whose visas would have or will expire shortly. The Foreign Ministry was assured by the other countries that its request was receiving the highest consideration in other capitals. Earlier, Sri Lanka extended visas for all visiting foreign nationals by one month.

 

Ministry of Foreign Relations
Colombo
 
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Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has requested foreign governments to facilitate the appropriate extension of visas for Sri Lankans currently visiting their countries, and facing difficulty to return to Sri Lanka on account of the travel bans that have and will become applicable as part of the control measures on COVID- 19. He noted that the Government of Sri Lanka had on Tuesday (17 March) announced a one-month extension of all types of visas for those foreign nationals presently in the country, from the date of expiry of their present visas. He said such reciprocal arrangements were a common practice, and hoped that this could be facilitated for Sri Lankans, to minimize the anxieties faced by those travelling, in these exceptional times.

Foreign Secretary Aryasinha made these observations today (18 March), when he addressed a group of Ambassadors from Western Hemisphere, as part of the series of briefing sessions to keep the diplomatic community informed of the developments with regard to measures taken by Sri Lanka to control the spread of COVID-19.

While appreciating the supportive role played by the respective governments on assisting the Sri Lankan communities in their countries, the Foreign Secretary shared with the envoys present, the current status regards foreign nationals in Sri Lanka and some difficulties experienced by Sri Lankans overseas. He said, recognizing the concerns at present, all Sri Lanka diplomatic outposts now serve as emergency response units, where only limited consular and other services are continued to be offered amid the current challenges.

Concerns of foreign missions in Colombo over their citizens, facilities at the quarantine centres, and proper communication channels, were effectively responded to by the local stake holders present. The meeting also reached consensus on the smooth departure of foreign nationals, notwithstanding the closure of the airport for those seeking to enter Sri Lanka.

The envoys expressed appreciation for the efforts of the government in handling the situation, including extension of visas for their nationals, and assured that the request to reciprocate the same for Sri Lankans travelling in their countries will be communicated to their respective governments.

 

 

Ministry of Foreign Relations
Colombo
 
18 March 2020
 
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මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සිට පැමිණ සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ගේ වීසා බලපත්‍ර දීර්ඝ කරන ලෙස ශ්‍රී ලංකාව විදේශ රාජ්‍යයන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටී

දැනට තම රටවල සංචාර සඳහා පැමිණ,  COVID-19 කොරෝනා වෛරස වසංගත තත්ත්වය නිසා පනවා ඇති සංචාරක තහනම හේතුවෙන් ආපසු ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට යාම පිළිබඳ අපහසුතාවයකට මුහුණ දෙන ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයින් සඳහා සුදුසු පරිදි වීසා බලපත්‍ර දීර්ඝ කිරීමට පහසුකම් ලබා දෙන ලෙස විදේශ ලේකම් රවිනාථ ආර්යසිංහ මහතා විදේශ රජයන්ගෙන් ඉල්ලා තිබේ. දැනට මෙරට තුළ සිටින විදේශීය ජාතිකයින් සඳහා, තම වර්තමාන වීසා බලපත්‍ර කල් ඉකුත් වූ දින සිට එක් මසක දීර්ඝ කිරීමක්, සියලු වර්ගවල වීසා බලපත්‍ර සඳහා ලබා දෙන බවට ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය අඟහරුවාදා (මාර්තු 17) නිවේදනය කළ බව ඔහු සඳහන් කළේය. මෙවැනි අන්‍යෝන්‍ය විධිවිධාන පොදු  භාවිතයක් බව ප්‍රකාශ කළ ඔහු, මෙම සුවිශේෂී අවස්ථාවේ දී ඔවුන් මුහුණ දෙන ගැටලු අවම කර ගැනීම සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සංචාරකයින්ට මෙම පහසුකම් සැලසීමට හැකි වනු ඇතැයි අපේක්ෂා කළේය.

විදේශ ලේකම් ආර්යසිංහ මහතා මෙම අදහස් ප්‍රකාශ කළේ‍, COVID-19 වසංගතය ව්‍යාප්ත වීම පාලනය කිරීම සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලංකාව විසින් ගෙන ඇති ක්‍රියාමාර්ග පිළිබඳව රාජ්‍යතාන්ත්‍රික ප්‍රජාව දැනුවත් කිරීම සඳහා පවත්වනු ලබන කරුණු විස්තර කිරීමේ සැසි මාලාවේ කොටසක් ලෙස අද (මාර්තු 18) දින බටහිර කලාපීය තානාපතිවරුන් පිරිසක් ඇමතූ අවස්ථාවේ දීය.

තම රටවල සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකික ප්‍රජාවන්ට උදව් උපකාර කිරීම සඳහා අදාළ රජයන් විසින් ලබා දෙන සහයෝගය විදේශ ලේකම්වරයා අගය කළ අතර, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සිටින විදේශිකයන් පිළිබඳ වර්තමාන තත්ත්වය සහ විදේශයන්හි සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයින් මුහුණ දෙන දුෂ්කරතා පිළිබඳව තොරතුරු පැමිණ සිටි තානාපතිවරුන් සමඟ බෙදා හදා ගත්තේය. වර්තමානයේ පවතින ගැටලු හඳුනා ගනිමින්, දැනට සියලුම ශ්‍රී ලංකා රාජ්‍යතාන්ත්‍රික දූතමණ්ඩල හදිසි ප්‍රතිචාර දැක්වීමේ ඒකක ලෙස කටයුතු කරන අතර, වර්තමාන අභියෝග මධ්‍යයේ කොන්සියුලර් හා වෙනත් සේවාවන් සීමිත ප්‍රමාණයක් පමණක් පවත්වාගෙන යන බව ඔහු පැවසීය.

තම පුරවැසියන්, නිරෝධායන මධ්‍යස්ථානවල පවතින පහසුකම් සහ නිසි සන්නිවේදන මාර්ග පිළිබඳව කොළඹ පිහිටි විදේශ දූත මණ්ඩලවලට ඇති ගැටලු සම්බන්ධයෙන්, එහි පැමිණ සිටි දේශීය පාර්ශ්වකරුවන් විසින් ඵලදායී ලෙස ප්‍රතිචාර දක්වන ලදී. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ඇතුළුවීමට අපේක්ෂා කරන අය සඳහා ගුවන්තොටුපල වසා දමා තිබියදීත්, මෙහි සිටින විදේශිකයන් අපහසුවකින් තොරව පිටත්කර හැරීම පිළිබඳව ද රැස්වීමේ දී එකඟතාවකට පැමිණෙන ලදී.

තම රටවැසියන් සඳහා වීසා බලපත්‍ර දීර්ඝ කිරීම ඇතුළුව, මෙම තත්වය පාලනය කිරීම සඳහා රජය ගන්නා උත්සාහය පිළිබඳව මෙම තානාපතිවරු අගය කළ අතර, තම රටවල සංචාරය කරන ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් සඳහා ද ඒ හා සමාන පහසුකම් සලසා දෙන ලෙස කරනු ලබන ඉල්ලීම ඔවුන්ගේ රජයන් වෙත දැනුම් දෙන බවට සහතික වූහ.

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விஜயங்களை மேற்கொள்ளும் இலங்கையர்களின் வருகை தரு வீசாக்களை நீடிக்குமாறு வெளிநாட்டு அரசுகளிடம் இலங்கை கோரிக்கை

தற்போது தமது நாடுகளுக்கு விஜயங்களை மேற்கொள்ளும் மற்றும் கோவிட் – 19 மீதான கட்டுப்பாட்டு நடவடிக்கைகளின் ஒரு பகுதியாக மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டுள்ள பயணத் தடைகளின் காரணமாக இலங்கைக்கு நாடு திரும்புவதில் சிரமங்களை எதிர்கொள்ளும் இலங்கையர்களுக்கு வீசாக்களை நீடிப்பதற்காக வசதிகளை மேற்கொள்ளுமாறு வெளிவிவகார செயலாளர் ரவிநாத ஆரியசிங்க வெளிநாட்டு அரசாங்கங்களிடம் கோரிக்கை விடுத்தார். தற்போது நாட்டிலுள்ள வெளிநாட்டவர்களின் அனைத்து வகையான வீசாக்களையும் அவர்களது தற்போதைய வீசாக்கள் காலாவதியாகும் திகதியிலிருந்து ஒரு மாத காலத்துக்கு நீடிப்பதற்கு இலங்கை அரசாங்கம் கடந்த செவ்வாய்க்கிழமை (மார்ச் 17) அறிவித்துள்ளதாக அவர் சுட்டிக்காட்டினார். இதுபோன்ற பரஸ்பர ஏற்பாடுகள் ஒரு பொதுவான நடைமுறையாவதுடன், இந்த விதிவிலக்கான காலப்பகுதியில் பயணங்களை மேற்கொள்பவர்கள் எதிர்கொள்ளும் பதற்றங்களைக் குறைப்பதற்கு இலங்கையர்களுக்கு இது வசதிகளை ஏற்படுத்தும் என தான் நம்புவதாக அவர் குறிப்பிட்டார்.

கோவிட் – 19 பரவுவதைக் கட்டுப்படுத்துவதற்கு இலங்கை மேற்கொண்டுள்ள நடவடிக்கைகள் தொடர்பான முன்னேற்றங்கள் குறித்து இராஜதந்திர சமூகத்தினருக்குத் தெரியப்படுத்துவதற்கான தொடர் மாநாட்டின் ஒரு பகுதியாக இடம்பெற்ற மேற்குலகைச் சேர்ந்த தூதுவர்கள் குழுவில் உரையாற்றியபோது, இந்த அவதானிப்புகளை வெளிவிவகார செயலாளர் ஆரியசிங்க இன்று (மார்ச் 18) மேற்கொண்டார்.

இலங்கை சமூகங்களுக்கு தமது நாடுகளில் உதவுவதில் அந்தந்த அரசாங்கங்கள் ஆற்றிய ஆதரவைப் பாராட்டிய அதே வேளை, இலங்கையில் உள்ள வெளிநாட்டினரின் தற்போதைய நிலை குறித்தும், வெளிநாடுகளில் உள்ள இலங்கையர்கள் அனுபவிக்கும் சில சிரமங்கள் குறித்தும் வெளிவிவகார செயலாளர் தூதுவர்களுடன் பகிர்ந்து கொண்டார். தற்போதுள்ள நிலைமைகளை அங்கீகரித்து, இலங்கையின் அனைத்து இராஜதந்திர நிலையங்களும் தற்போது அவசரகால பிரதிபலிப்பு அலகுகளாக செயற்படுவதுடன், தற்போதைய சவால்களுக்கு மத்தியில் அவை மட்டுப்படுத்தப்பட்ட கொன்சியூலர் மற்றும் ஏனைய சேவைகளை மட்டுமே தொடர்ச்சியாக வழங்கி வருகின்றன என அவர் தெரிவித்தார்.

தமது பிரஜைகள் தொடர்பான கொழும்பிலுள்ள வெளிநாட்டுத் தூதரகங்களின் கரிசனைகள், தனிமைப்படுத்தல் மையங்களிலுள்ள வசதிகள் மற்றும் சரியான தொடர்பு முறைமைகள் ஆகியவற்றுக்கு உள்நாட்டுப் பங்குதாரர்களால் திறம்பட பதிலளிக்கப்பட்டது. இலங்கைக்குள் நுழைய விரும்புவோருக்கு விமான நிலையம் மூடப்பட்டிருப்பினும் கூட, வெளிநாட்டவர்களை சீராக வெளியேற்றுவது குறித்தும் இந்த சந்திப்பின் போது ஒருமித்த கருத்து எட்டப்பட்டது.

தமது பிரஜைகளுக்கான வீசாக்களை நீடிப்பது உள்ளிட்ட நிலைமைகளைக் கையாள்வதிலான அரசாங்கத்தின் முயற்சிகளுக்கு தூதுவர்கள் பாராட்டுக்களைத் தெரிவித்ததுடன், தமது நாடுகளில் பிரயாணங்களை மேற்கொள்ளும் இலங்கையர்களும் பரஸ்பரம் அதனை மறுபரிசீலனை செய்து கொள்வதற்கான கோரிக்கையை அந்தந்த அரசாங்கங்களுக்குத் தெரிவிப்பதாக உறுதியளித்தனர்.

 

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TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF CONSULAR SERVICES AT FOREIGN MINISTRY 

Media Releases | Mon, 16 Mar 2020

 

The Ministry of Foreign Relations has decided to suspend all services offered by the Consular Affairs Division of the Ministry until 20 March 2020 (Friday), to support the Government’s efforts at restricting the congregation of the general public, thereby making the public and the staff vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19.

Accordingly, the Consular Affairs Division situated at the Ceylinco Building in Colombo will remain closed for visitors for normal business in the upcoming four days from 17 to 20 March, and will only accept queries related to death cases of Sri Lankans overseas and death-related documentation assistance, strictly on prior appointment basis.

Appointments may be obtained at the following emergency lines:

Tel: +94 (011) 233 5942

Tel: +94 (011) 233 8847

 

Ministry of Foreign Relations

Colombo

16 March 2020

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මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය 

විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශයේ කොන්සියුලර් (ප්‍රදූත) සේවා තාවකාලිකව නතර කිරිම

මහජනතාව එක් රැස්වීම මඟින් ජනතාව සහ කාර්ය මණ්ඩලය කොරෝනා වෛරසය (COVID-19) පැතිරීමේ අවදානමට ලක් විය හැකි බැවින්, මහජනතාවගේ එක් රැස්වීම සීමා කිරීම සඳහා රජය ගන්නා උත්සාහයන්ට සහාය දැක්වීම පිණිස 2020 මාර්තු 20 (සිකුරාදා) වන දින දක්වා අමාත්‍යාංශයේ කොන්සියුලර් කටයුතු අංශය විසින් සපයනු ලබන සියලුම සේවාවන් නතර කිරීමට විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශය තීරණය කර තිබේ.

ඒ අනුව, කොළඹ සෙලින්කෝ ගොඩනැගිල්ලේ පිහිටා ඇති කොන්සියුලර් කටයුතු අංශය සාමාන්‍ය සේවාවන් ලබා ගැනීමේ අපේක්ෂාවෙන් එහි පැමිණෙන්නන් සඳහා මාර්තු 17 වන දින සිට 20 වන දින දක්වා ඉදිරි දින හතර තුළ වසා තබන අතර, විදේශගත ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ගේ මරණ සම්බන්ධ සිද්ධි සහ මරණයන්ට අදාළ ලේඛන සඳහා සහාය ලබා දීමට අදාළ විමසීම් පමණක් පූර්ව අයදුම් කිරීමක් මඟින් වේලාව වෙන් කර ගැනීම මත පදනම්ව භාර ගනු ඇත.

පහත සඳහන් හදිසි දුරකතන ඇමතුම් අංක මඟින් සේවා ලබා ගැනීම සඳහා පූර්ව වෙන් කර ගැනීම් සිදු කර ගත හැකිය:

දුරකතන: +94 (011) 2335942

දුරකතන: +94 (011) 2338847

 

විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍යාංශය

කොළඹ

2020 මාර්තු 16 වන දින

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ஊடக வெளியீடு

 வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சில் கொன்சியூலர் சேவைகள் தற்காலிகமாக இடைநிறுத்தப்பட்டுள்ளன

கோவிட் – 19 இன் பரவலினால் பொதுமக்கள் மற்றும் ஊழியர்கள் பாதிக்கப்படுவதன் காரணமாக, பொதுமக்கள் ஒன்று கூடுவதனை மட்டுப்படுத்துவதில் அரசாங்கம் முன்னெடுத்து வரும் முயற்சிகளுக்கு உதவும் முகமாக, அமைச்சின் கொன்சியூலர் விவகாரங்கள் பிரிவு வழங்கும் அனைத்து சேவைகளையும் 2020 மார்ச் 20ஆந் திகதி வரை (வெள்ளிக்கிழமை) இடைநிறுத்துவதற்கு வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு தீர்மானித்துள்ளது.

அந்த வகையில், மார்ச் 17 முதல் 20 வரையான எதிர்வரும் நான்கு நாட்களுக்கு கொழும்பில் உள்ள செலின்கோ கட்டிடத்தில் அமைந்துள்ள கொன்சியூலர் விவகாரப் பிரிவின் சாதாரண நடவடிக்கைகள் வருகை தருனர்களுக்காக மூடப்படுவதுடன், கட்டாயமாக முன் நியமனம் செய்து கொள்வதன் அடிப்படையில், வெளிநாடுகளில் உள்ள இலங்கையர்களின் இறப்புக்கள் தொடர்பான கேள்விகள் மற்றும் இறப்புக்களுடன் தொடர்பான ஆவணங்களுக்கான உதவி சம்பந்தப்பட்ட விடயங்களை மட்டுமே ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளும்.

முன் நியமனங்களை பின்வரும் அவசர சேவை தொலைபேசி இலக்கங்கள் வாயிலாக பெற்றுக் கொள்ளலாம்:

தொலைபேசி: +94 (011) 2335942

தொலைபேசி: +94 (011) 2338847

 

வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு

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16 மார்ச் 2020

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FOREIGN MINISTER BRIEFS DIPLOMATIC COMMUNITY ON COVID- 19 PREVENTIVE MEASURES

Media Releases | Fri, 6 Mar 2020

 

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Minister of Foreign Relations Dinesh Gunawardena briefed the Diplomatic community on the situation of the COVID-19 epidemic and the preventive measures the Government of Sri Lanka contemplates taking. The Foreign Minister apprised that adequate preventive measures to curtail the transmission of the virus have been taken by the Government. While appreciating the role of the media he urged the media to be cautious in disseminating the correct information to the general public so as not to give into panic unnecessarily, whilst being agile to the dangers of the virus.

The panel headed by Foreign Minister Gunawardena included officials of the Ministry of Health, the Resident Representative of the World Health Organisation, IOM, Department of Immigration, Airport authorities  and officials of the Sri Lanka Army.

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha in his opening remarks informed Sri Lanka’s preparedness and the resultant successful evacuation of Sri Lankan students from Wuhan. The Secretary appreciated the cooperation of the Chinese Government towards this end. He also said that no foreign national will be allowed to be discriminated on account of unfounded fear of the virus, a sentiment clearly expressed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Foreign Secretary Aryasinha also stated that a few sporadic alleged incidents of selective treatment does not reflect the general situation in the country.

Director General of Health Dr Anil Jasinghe stated that the threat of COVID-19 has reached a level of public health emergency of international concern and as a result, the Health Ministry has embarked on a vigorous plan to strengthen the domestic health facilities. As an initial step, 17 hospitals across the country have been designated and well equipped to deal with the likely COVID-19 pandemic. The Director General also stated that since the situation is fluid, the COVID-19 case definition is also redefined and as of today, passengers from Iran, South Korea and Italy are considered to be potential carriers of the virus. The Government, as a precautionary measure has decided to quarantine those who are travelling either from or through the above mentioned three countries. The DG also confirmed that despite the decision to quarantine, the date of operationalisation of the plans are yet to be decided since the construction of quarantine facilities are underway.

Resident Representative of the WHO Dr Razia Narayan Pendse highlighting the gravity of the situation across countries, pointed out that a combined Government and society approach is the need of the hour to manage any likely outbreak of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka. She added that an inter-agency collaborative approach to reverse any adverse situation is critical at this point of time. Dr Pendse said she could clearly witness the much needed political will, and the multi-sectoral collaboration and cooperation, which have been prevalent so far towards resolving the challenges. The Representative was appreciative of the roles of the authorities of Foreign Relations, Health, Defence and Immigration and stated that educating the general public, expansion of surveillance, and strengthening of preparedness are important aspects to interrupting the transmission of the virus.

 

Ministry of Foreign Relations
Colombo
 
6 March 2020
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මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය

COVID-19 කොරෝනා වෛරස වසංගතය වැළැක්වීමේ පියවර පිළිබඳව විදේශ අමාත්‍යවරයා රාජ්‍යතාන්ත්‍රික ප්‍රජාවට දැනුම් දෙයි

COVID-19 කොරෝනා වෛරස වසංගත තත්ත්වය සහ එය වැළැක්වීම සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය විසින් ගැනීමට අපේක්ෂා කරන පියවර පිළිබඳව විදේශ සබඳතා අමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මැතිතුමා රාජ්‍යතාන්ත්‍රික ප්‍රජාවට විස්තර කළේය. මෙම වෛරසය සම්ප්‍රේෂණය වීම අවම කිරීම සඳහා ප්‍රමාණවත් වැළැක්වීමේ පියවර රජය විසින් ගෙන ඇති බව විදේශ අමාත්‍යවරයා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. මාධ්‍යයේ කාර්යභාරය අගය කළ එතුමා, වෛරසයෙන් එල්ලවන අන්තරායන් පිළිබඳව සැලකිලිමත් වන අතරම, නිවැරදි තොරතුරු සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාව වෙත බෙදා හැරීමේ දී ඔවුන් අනවශ්‍ය ලෙස කලබලයට පත් නොවන ලෙස ප්‍රවේශමෙන් කටයුතු කරන ලෙස මාධ්‍යයෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියේය.

විදේශ අමාත්‍ය ගුණවර්ධන මැතිතුමාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් යුත් කමිටුවට, සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශයේ නිලධාරීන්, ලෝක සෞඛ්‍ය සංවිධානයේ නේවාසික නියෝජිතවරිය, සංක්‍රමණය සඳහා වූ ජාත්‍යන්තර සංවිධානය, ආගමන හා විගමන දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව, ගුවන්තොටුපල බලධාරීන් සහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා යුද හමුදා නිලධාරීන් ඇතුළත් විය.

විදේශ ලේකම් රවිනාථ ආර්යසිංහ මහතා සිය දේශනය ආරම්භ කරමින්, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පවතින සූදානම සහ එහි ප්‍රතිඵලයක් ලෙස ශ්‍රී ලාංකික සිසු සිසුවියන් සාර්ථක ලෙස වූහාන් නගරයෙන් ඉවත් කර ගැනීම පිළිබඳව දැනුම් දුන්නේය. මේ සඳහා චීන රජයෙන් ලද සහයෝගය ලේකම්වරයා අගය කළේය. ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා සහ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා විසින් පැහැදිලිවම ප්‍රකාශ කරන ලද පරිදි, මෙම වෛරසය පිළිබඳ පදනම් විරහිත බිය නිසා කිසිදු විදේශීය ජාතිකයෙකුට වෙනස්කම් කිරීමට ඉඩ නොදෙන බව ඔහු කියා සිටියේය. අතරින් පතර සිදුවූයේ යයි කියනු ලබන එවැනි වෙනස්කොට සැළකීමේ සිදුවීම් කිහිපයක් මඟින් රටේ සාමාන්‍ය තත්ත්වය පිළිබිඹු නොකරන බව ද විදේශ ලේකම් ආර්යසිංහ මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය.

සෞඛ්‍ය අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල් වෛද්‍ය අනිල් ජාසිංහ මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කළේ COVID-19 වෛරසය පිළිබඳ තර්ජනය ජාත්‍යන්තර අවධානයට ලක්වන මහජන සෞඛ්‍ය හදිසි අවස්ථා මට්ටමකට පැමිණ ඇති බවත්, එහි ප්‍රතිඵලයක් ලෙස සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය දේශීය සෞඛ්‍ය පහසුකම් ශක්තිමත් කිරීම සඳහා ප්‍රබල සැලැස්මක් දියත් කර ඇති බවත්ය. මෙහි ආරම්භක පියවරක් ලෙස, දිවයින පුරා නම් කරන ලද රෝහල් 17 ක්, එළඹිය හැකි COVID-19 වසංගත තත්ත්වයට මුහුණ දීම සඳහා හොඳින් සූදානම් කොට තිබේ. තත්වය වෙනස්වන සුළු බැවින් COVID-19 තත්ත්වය පිළිබඳ අර්ථ දැක්වීම ද යලි නිර්වචනය කොට ඇති අතර, අද වන විට ඉරානය, දකුණු කොරියාව සහ ඉතාලිය යන රටවලින් පැමිණෙන මගීන් වෛරසයේ වාහකයන් වියහැකි ලෙස සළකනු ලබන බව සෞඛ්‍ය අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල්වරයා ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. පූර්වාරක්‍ෂක පියවරක් ලෙස, ඉහත රටවල් තුනේ සිට හෝ එම රටවල් හරහා පැමිණෙන මඟීන් නිරෝධායනය කිරීමට රජය තීරණය කොට ඇත. එසේ නිරෝධායනය කිරීමේ තීරණයට එළඹී තිබුණද, දැනට එම නිරෝධායන පහසුකම් ඉදිකිරීමේ කටයුතු සිදු වෙමින් පවතින බැවින්, එම සැලසුම් ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමේ දිනය මෙතෙක් තීරණය කොට නොමැති බව ද සෞඛ්‍ය අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල්වරයා තහවුරු කළේය.

ලොවපුරා රටවල පවතින තත්ත්වයෙහි බරපතලකම අවධාරණය කරමින්, ලෝක සෞඛ්‍ය සංවිධානයේ නේවාසික නියෝජිත වෛද්‍ය රාසියා නාරායන් පෙන්ඩ්සේ මහත්මිය පෙන්වා දුන්නේ, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ඇතිවිය හැකි COVID-19 වෛරසය පැතිර යාමේ තත්ත්වයක් පාලනය කිරීම සඳහා, රජයේ සහ සමාජයේ ඒකාබද්ධ ප්‍රවේශයක් මේ මොහොතේ දී අවශ්‍යව ඇති බවයි. ඕනෑම අහිතකර තත්වයක් ආපසු හැරවීම සඳහා අන්තර් නියෝජිතායතන සහයෝගීතා ප්‍රවේශයක් ද මෙම අවස්ථාවේ දී ඉතා වැදගත් වන බව ද ඇය පැවසුවාය. මෙතෙක් පැවති, අභියෝග විසඳීම සඳහා අත්‍යාවශ්‍ය වන දේශපාලන අභිමතාර්ථය සහ බහු-ආංශික සහයෝගීතාවය සහ එකමුතුකම පැහැදිලිව දැකගත හැකි බව වෛද්‍ය පෙන්ඩ්සේ මහත්මිය පැවසුවාය. විදේශ සබඳතා, සෞඛ්‍ය, ආරක්ෂක සහ ආගමන හා විගමන බලධාරීන් ඉටුකරන කාර්යභාරය පිළිබඳව ප්‍රශංසා මුඛයෙන් කථා කළ නියෝජිතවරිය, සාමාන්‍ය ජනතාව දැනුවත් කිරීම, සුපරීක්‍ෂණය පුළුල් කිරීම සහ සූදානම ශක්තිමත් කිරීම, මෙම වෛරසය සම්ප්‍රේෂණය වීමට බාධා කිරීම සඳහා වැදගත් අංගයන් වන බව ප්‍රකාශ කළාය.

 

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கோவிட் – 19 தொற்றுநோயின் நிலைமை மற்றும் அதனைத் தடுப்பதற்காக இலங்கை அரசாங்கம் முன்னெடுத்து வரும் நடவடிக்கைகள் குறித்து இராஜதந்திரிகளுக்கு வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சர் தினேஷ் குணவர்தன விளக்கினார். வைரஸ் பரவுவதைக் குறைப்பதற்கு போதுமான தடுப்பு நடவடிக்கைகள் அரசாங்கத்தால் முன்னெடுக்கப்பட்டுள்ளதாக வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சர் தெரிவித்தார். ஊடகங்களின் வகிபாகத்தைப் பாராட்டிய அதே வேளையில், தேவையற்ற முறையில் அச்சத்தை ஏற்படுத்தாமல், வைரஸின் ஆபத்துக்கள் குறித்து அவதானமாக இருக்கும் அதே நேரத்தில், பொது மக்களுக்கு சரியான தகவல்களை வழங்குவதில் ஊடகங்கள் எச்சரிக்கையாக இருக்க வேண்டும் என அவர் கேட்டுக்கொண்டார்.

வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சர் குணவர்தன அவர்களின் தலைமையிலான குழுவில் சுகாதார அமைச்சின் அதிகாரிகள், உலக சுகாதாரத் தாபனத்தின் வதிவிடப் பிரதிநிதி, இடம்பெயர்வுக்கான சர்வதேச அமைப்பு, குடிவரவுத் திணைக்களம், விமான நிலைய அதிகாரிகள் மற்றும் இலங்கை ராணுவ அதிகாரிகள் இடம்பெற்றிருந்தனர்.

இலங்கை மாணவர்களை வுஹானில் இருந்து வெற்றிகரமாக வெளியேற்றுவது குறித்த இலங்கையின் தயார்நிலை மற்றும் அதன் வெற்றிகரமான பெறுபேறு குறித்து வெளிவிவகார செயலாளர் ரவிநாத ஆரியசிங்க தனது ஆரம்ப உரையில் தெரிவித்தார். இந்த நோக்கத்திற்காக சீன அரசாங்கம் வழங்கிய ஒத்துழைப்பிற்கு செயலாளர் பாராட்டுக்களைத் தெரிவித்தார். ஜனாதிபதி கோட்டாபய ராஜபக்ஷ மற்றும் பிரதமர் மகிந்த ராஜபக்ஷ ஆகியோரால் தெளிவாக வெளிப்படுத்தப்பட்ட வகையில், வைரஸைப் பற்றிய ஆதாரமற்ற அச்சத்தின் காரணமாக எந்தவொரு வெளிநாட்டுப் பிரஜைக்கும் பாகுபாடு காட்டப்பட மாட்டாது என அவர் தெரிவித்தார். தேர்ந்தெடுக்கப்பட்ட சிகிச்சை தொடர்பில் அவ்வப்போது கூறப்படும் சில சம்பவங்கள் நாட்டின் பொதுவான நிலைமையை பிரதிபலிக்கவில்லை என வெளிவிவகார செயலாளர் ஆரியசிங்க குறிப்பிட்டார்.

கோவிட் – 19 இன் அச்சுறுத்தல் சர்வதேச அக்கறைக்கான பொது சுகாதார அவசர நிலையை எட்டியுள்ளதுடன், இதன் விளைவாக, உள்நாட்டு சுகாதார வசதிகளை வலுப்படுத்துவதற்கான தீவிரமான திட்டத்தை சுகாதார அமைச்சு மேற்கொண்டுள்ளதாக சுகாதாரப் பணிப்பாளர் நாயகம் வைத்தியர் அனில் ஜாசிங்க தெரிவித்தார். ஆரம்பக் கட்டமாக, நாடு முழுவதும் 17 வைத்தியசாலைகள் நியமிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளதுடன், கோவிட் – 19 தொற்றுநோயைக் கையாள்வதற்கு ஏற்ற வகையில் அவற்றுக்கு முறையாக சாதனங்கள் பொருத்தப்பட்டுள்ளன. நிலைமை பரவும் வகையில் இருப்பதால், கோவிட் – 19 இன் வரைவிலக்கணமும் மீள விபரிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளதுடன், இன்றைய நிலவரப்படி, ஈரான், தென் கொரியா மற்றும் இத்தாலி ஆகிய நாடுகளைச் சேர்ந்த பயணிகள் வைரஸை சாத்தியமான வகையில் கொண்டு செல்பவர்களாக கருதப்படுகின்றார்கள் என்றும் பணிப்பாளர் நாயகம் மேலும் குறிப்பிட்டார். ஒரு முன்னெச்சரிக்கை நடவடிக்கையாக, மேற்கூறிய மூன்று நாடுகளிலிருந்து அல்லது அதன் வழியாக பயணிப்பவர்களை தனிமைப்படுத்துவதற்கு அரசாங்கம் தீர்மானித்துள்ளது. தனிமைப்படுத்துவதற்காக தீர்மானிக்கப்பட்டுள்ள போதிலும், தனிமைப்படுத்துவதற்கான வசதிகளை நிர்மாணிக்கும் பணிகள் இடம்பெற்று வருவதால், திட்டங்களை செயற்படுத்துவதற்கான திகதி இன்னும் தீர்மானிக்கப்படவில்லை என்பதையும் பணிப்பாளர் நாயகம் உறுதிப்படுத்தினார்.

உலகெங்கிலுமுள்ள நிலைமையின் பாரதூரத் தன்மையை எடுத்துக்காட்டிய உலக சுகாதாரத் தாபனத்தின் வதிவிடப் பிரதிநிதி வைத்தியர் ரசியா நாராயண் பெண்ட்சே, இலங்கையில் கோவிட் – 19 பரவுவதை நிர்வகிப்பதற்காக ஒருங்கிணைந்த அரசாங்கம் மற்றும் சமுதாய அணுகுமுறையொன்று காலத்தின் தேவையாக உள்ளதாக சுட்டிக்காட்டினார். எந்தவொரு பாதகமான சூழ்நிலையையும் மாற்றுவதற்கான முகவர்களுக்கிடையேயான கூட்டு அணுகுமுறையொன்று இந்த நேரத்தில் முக்கியமானது என அவர் மேலும் குறிப்பிட்டார். மிகவும் தேவையான அரசியல் விருப்பத்தையும், சவால்களைத் தீர்ப்பதில் இதுவரை நடைமுறையில் உள்ள பல்துறை ஒத்துழைப்பு மற்றும் கூட்டாண்மையையும் தன்னால் தெளிவாக அவதானிக்க முடிவதாக வைத்தியர் பெண்ட்சே தெரிவித்தார். வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள், சுகாதாரம், பாதுகாப்பு மற்றும் குடிவரவு அதிகாரிகளின் வகிபாகங்களைப் பாராட்டிய பிரதிநிதி, பொது மக்களுக்கு கல்வியறிவூட்டுதல், கண்காணிப்பை விரிவுபடுத்துதல் மற்றும் ஆயத்த நிலையை வலுப்படுத்துதல் ஆகியவை வைரஸ் பரவுவதைத் தடுப்பதற்கான முக்கிய அம்சங்களாகும் என மேலும் குறிப்பிட்டார்.

 

வெளிநாட்டு உறவுகள் அமைச்சு
கொழும்பு
 
06 மார்ச் 2020

 

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Excerpts from –

Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour – (Page No i)

“What we need at this hour is correct vision and unshakable leadership. I thank you for entrusting me with the task of overcoming the challenges our country faces and leading our Motherland towards peace and prosperity. This journey is being undertaken under the guidance of a proven leader, Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksa. His wisdom and experience will be a great source of strength to us, in this national endeavor. I strongly believe that I will be able to create the peaceful, prosperous and beautiful Sri Lanka that you aspire to.”

Gotabaya Rajapaksa

President

 

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SPECIAL STATEMENT BY HON. TILAK MARAPANA, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS IN PARLIAMENT REGARDING THE CONCERNS RAISED OVER THE VISIT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY AND OF ASSOCIATION

Media Releases , Minister's Statements | Thu, 25 Jul 2019

It has been brought to my notice that last Tuesday (23 July) and Wednesday (24 July) several Members of the Parliament have brought up the issue of the visit of the Special Rapporteur on the freedom of assembly and of association, Mr. Clément Nyaletsossi  Voulé and the action taken by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in conveying a request for a meeting for the Special Rapporteur with Hon. Chief Justice and Hon. Judges of the Colombo High Court.

Since many a view had been expressed by Hon. Members of Parliament leading to considerable confusion, I wish to place before you the following:

  • The visit of the Special Rapporteur on the freedom of assembly and of association which is currently underway is part of similar visits undertaken by UN Special Procedures Mandate Holders at the invitation of the Government of Sri Lanka.
  • The idea of welcoming such visits is to have a transparent process in place whereby the Government of Sri Lanka hopes to engage with the international community, including the UN, in a spirit of openness and dialogue.
  • This is not the first time that we have had a visit of a Special Rapporteur; there have been 08 such visits which have taken place since 8 January 2015. In all such occasions, it has been the regular practice for the Foreign Ministry to coordinate the activities of the SR in Sri Lanka and to arrange meetings with the Government sector. Before each such visit is undertaken, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs routinely receives from the UN, a list of persons that the visiting Special Rapporteur wishes to meet.
  • With respect to the current visit by the Special Rapporteur which is in question, it is important to note that as with other such visits, the Ministry convened a preparatory meeting of stakeholders to discuss arrangements. Thereafter, the Ministry writes to the relevant institutions, conveying the request for formal appointments by the Special Rapporteur. In this instance, the same procedure was followed, including with respect to over 20 meetings sought, including with the Hon. Chief Justice and Hon. Judges of the Colombo High Court.
  • At the above mentioned preparatory meeting,representatives from the Department of Police and Attorney General’s Department highlighted the possibility of the visiting Special Rapporteur bringing up issues mentioned in the Foreign Ministry letter addressed to Secretary/ Ministry of Justice. The Attorney General’s Department undertook the task of providing updates on such cases.
  • It was in this backdrop that the Actg. Secretary/ Foreign Affairs, addressed the letter to Secretary/ Ministry of Justice, Secretary/ Ministry of Defence and Hon. Attorney General, mentioning the cases. The purpose was to alert these institutions on the possibility of the Special Rapporteur raising issues regarding the particular cases.
  • It would be noted from the letter from Actg. Secretary/ Foreign Affairs that nowhere has it been recommended that the appointment sought with Hon. Chief Justice and Hon. Judges of the High Court in Colombo be granted.The letter only conveyed the wish of the Special Rapporteur for these appointments.
  • Similarly, nowhere in the Foreign Ministry letter it is stated that the cases will be discussed, but only alerted the institutions concerned that it may be discussed. This was consequent to the stakeholder meeting held on 5 July before the visit took place.
  • The Foreign Ministry has followed proper procedure by communicating the requests for meetings by the Special Rapporteur through the Ministry of Justice and the Judicial Services Commission. The Judicial Services Commission having considered the Ministry letter consulted the Hon. Chief Justice who granted the appointment.
  • I am saddened to note that some Members of Parliament had sought to show that the Actg. Secretary/ Foreign Affair’s letter was an interference with the judiciary and also was in contempt of Court. Neither of these assertions are true.
  • Again I wish to emphasize that this is not the first time that the Foreign Ministry has taken the course of action that it has taken for this particular visit. In fact two previous Foreign Secretaries have requested similar meetings in June 2017 and October 2017 by writing directly to the Office of Hon. Chief Justice. However, in this instance, the Foreign Ministry had only conveyed the request of the Special Rapporteur to the Secretary/Ministry of Justice.
  • In conclusion, I wish to highlight that during the visits of special procedures mandate holders, this Ministry has always worked with all relevant line agencies in Sri Lanka in a spirit of consultation and engagement.

 

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විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය, ගරු තිලක් මාරපන මැතිතුමා විසින් පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී කරනු ලබන විශේෂ ප්‍රකාශය – 2019.07.25

නිදහසේ එකිනෙකා ඇසුරු කිරීමේ සහ සාමකාමීව එක්රැස්වීමේ අයිතිවාසිකම් පිළිබඳ විශේෂ වාර්තාකරු ක්ලෙමන්ට් නියලෙට්සෝසි වෝල් මහතාගේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංචාරයට අදාළ ගැටලුව සම්බන්ධයෙන්  පසුගිය අඟහරුවාදා ( ජූලි 23 ) සහ  බදාදා ( ජූලි 24) දින  පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් කිහිප දෙනෙකු විසින් කරුණු දැක්වීම සහගරු අග්‍රවිනිශ්චයකාරතුමන් සහ කොළඹ මහාධිකරණයේ ගරු විනිශ්චයකාරවරුන්ට එකී විශේෂ වාර්තාකරු හා සමඟ සාකච්ඡාවක් සඳහා ඉල්ලීමක් කරමින් විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් ගත් පියවර වෙත මාගේ අවධානය යොමු කර ඇත.

ගරු පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් විසින් විවිධාකාර වූ අදහස් රාශියක් දැක්වීම හේතුවෙන් සැළකියයුතු අන්දමක ව්‍යාකූළ තත්ත්වයක් ඉස්මතුවී ඇති හෙයින්, පහත දැක්වෙන කරුණු ඔබ ඉදිරියේ පළ කර සිටිනු කැමැත්තෙමි.

දැනට සිදුවෙමින් පවතින නිදහසේ එකිනෙකා ඇසුරු කිරීමේ සහ සාමකාමීව එක්රැස්වීමේ අයිතිවාසිකම් පිළිබඳ විශේෂ වාර්තාකරුගේ සංචාරය,  ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජයේ ආරාධනයෙන් එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ විශේෂ ක්‍රියා පරිපාටි පිළිබඳ බලයලත් පාර්ශ්වයන් විසින් සිදු කරනු ලබන මීට සමානවූ සංචාර මාලාවෙහි එක් කොටසකි.

  • මෙවන් සංචාරයන් පිළිගනු ලැබීමේ අරමුණ වන්නේ, විවෘත සහ සංවාදශීලී භාවාර්ථය අරභයා, එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානය ඇතුළු ජාත්‍යන්තර ප්‍රජාව හා සමග උරෙන් උර ගැටී කටයුතු කිරීමේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජයේ අපේක්ෂාවන් ක්‍රියාවට නැංවීමේදී විනිවිදභාවයෙන් යුත් ක්‍රියාදාමයක් අනුගමනය කෙරෙන බවට සහතිකවීමයි.
  • මේ වූ කළී විශේෂ වාර්තාකරුවකු මෙරටට සම්ප්‍රාප්ත වූ පළමු අවස්ථාව නොවේ; 2015 ජනවාරි මස 08 වන දින සිට මෙවන් සංචාර 08 ක් සිදු කර තිබේ. ඒ සෑම අවස්ථාවකදීම, එකී විශේෂ වාර්තාකරුවන්ගේ ක්‍රියාකාරකම් සම්බන්ධීකරණය කරමින්, විවිධ රාජ්‍ය අංශ හා සමග සාකච්ඡා  සංවිධානය කිරීම  විදේශ කටයතු අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් අනුගමනය කරන ලද සාමාන්‍ය ක්‍රියා පිළිවෙත විය. ඒ එක් එක් සංචාරය ආරම්භ කිරීමට පෙර,  එකී විශේෂ වාර්තාකරුවන් හමුවීමට අදහස් කරනු ලබන පුද්ගලයන්ගේ නාම ලැයිස්තුවක් එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ සංවිධානය විසින් ශ්‍රී ලංකා විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශයට ඉදිරිපත් කෙරේ.
  • ගැටලුවට තුඩු දී ඇති වත්මන් විශේෂ වාර්තාකරුගේ සංචාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන්,විශේෂයෙන් සටහන් කර ගත යුතු වැදගත් කාරණයක් වන්නේ,  මේ හා සමානව පෙර පැවැති සංචාරවලදී කටයුතු කරන ලද පරිදිම, මෙවරද සංවිධාන කටයුතු සාකච්ඡා කිරීම පිණිස අදාළ පාර්ශ්වකරුවන්ගේ ප්‍රාරම්භක රැස්වීමක් අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් කැඳවන ලද බවයි. ඉන් අනතුරුව,   විධිමත් සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡා සඳහා විශේෂ වාර්තාකරුවිසින් කරනු ලබන ඉල්ලීම් විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් අදාළ ආයතන වෙත යොමු කරනු ලැබේ.  මෙම අවස්ථාවේදීද,  ගරු අග්‍ර විනිශ්යකාරකාරතුමන් සහ කොළඹ මහාධිකරණයේ ගරු විනිශ්චයකාරවරුන් ඇතුළුව, රැස්වීම් 20 කට අධික අපේක්ෂිත සාකච්ඡා සම්බන්ධයෙන් ඒ හා සමානවම කටයුතු කරන ලදී.
  • ඉහත කී ප්‍රාරම්භක රැස්වීමේදී, පොලිස් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ සහ නීතිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවේ නියෝජිතයින් විසින් හුවා දක්වන ලද්දේ,  විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් අධිකරණ අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම් අමතන ලද ලිපියේ සඳහන් කර ඇති ගැටලු සම්බන්ධයෙන් විශේෂ සන්ධාන නියෝජිතයා විසින්  විමසීමට ඉඩ කඩ ඇති බවයි. එකී කාරණා සම්මබන්ධයෙන් යාවත්කාලීනවූ  කරණු දැක්වීමේ කාර්ය භාරය නීතිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව විසින්  භාර ගන්නා ලදී.
  • අදාළගැටලු ඇතුළත් කරමින් අධිකරණ අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම්ට, ආරක්ෂක අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම්ට සහ ගරු නීතිපතිවරයාට ලිපියක් යැවීමට විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශයේ වැඩබලන ලේකම් විසින් කටයුතු කරන ලද්දේ මෙවන් පසුබිමකය. මෙකී විශේෂ ගැටලු සම්බන්ධයෙන් විශේෂ වාර්තාකරු විසින් කරුණු විමසීමකට ඇති හැකියාව සම්බන්ධයෙන්  අදාළ ආයතන කල්තියා දැනුවත් කිරීම එකී ක්‍රියාදාමයේ අරමුණ විය.
  • ගරු අග්‍ර විනිශ්චයකාරකාරතුමන් සහ කොළඹ මහාධිකරණයේ ගරු විනිශ්චයකාරවරුන් සමග අපේක්ෂිත සාකච්ඡාවට ඉඩ දිය යුතු බවට නිර්දේශයක් විදේශ කටයතු අමාත්‍යාංශයේ වැඩබලන ලේකම් විසින් යවා ඇති ලිපියේ කිසි ලෙසකින් වත් සඳහන් කර නැති බව පෙනී යනු ඇත. මෙම ලිපියෙන් දන්වා ඇත්තේ, විශේෂ වාර්තාකරු විසින් මෙම සාකච්ඡා අපේක්ෂා කරන බව පමණකි.
  • ඒ හා සමානවම, එකී කරුණු සාකච්ඡාවට භාජනය වන බවක්එම ලිපියේ කිසිම ස්ථානයක සඳහන්ව නොමැති අතර, එකී කරුණ සාකච්ඡාවට භාජනය කිරීමට ඇති හැකියාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් පමණක් අදාළ ආයතන දැනුවත් කර ඇත. මෙසේ ක්‍රියා කරන ලද්දේ, සංචාරයට පෙර  ජූලි මස 05 වන දින  පැවැති පාර්ශ්වකරුවන්ගේ  රැස්වීමෙන් අනතුරුවය.
  • විශේෂ වාර්තාකරු විසින් කරන ලද ඉල්ලීම්, අධිකරණ අමාත්‍යාංශය සහ අධිකරණ සේවා කොමිෂන් සභාව හරහා දැනුම් දීමෙන් විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් විධිමත් ක්‍රියා පරිපාටිය අනුගමනය කර ඇත.විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් එවන ලද ලිපිය සැළකිල්ලට ගත් අධිකරණ සේවා කොමිෂන් සභාව ගරු අග්‍ර විනිශ්චයකාරතුමන් විමසා සිටින ලද අතර, සාකච්ඡාව ලබා දෙන ලද්දේ එතුමා විසිනි.
  • විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශයේ වැඩ බලන ලේකම්වරයාගේ ලිපිය  අධිකරණ කටයුතුවලට මැදිහත්වීමක් බවත්, එය ගරු අධිකරණයට අපහාස කිරීමක් බවත් හුවා දැක්වීමට සමහර පාර්ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් විසින් කටයුතු කිරීම ගැන මම උදක්ම කණගාටු වෙමි. මේ සෑම මත පළකිරීමක්ම සත්‍යයෙන් තොරය.
  • විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් මෙම විශේෂ චාරිකාව සම්බන්ධයෙන් ගන්නා ලද මෙම පියවර, පළමු වරට ගන්නා ලද පියවරක් නොවන බව යළිත් අවධාරණය කිරීමට කැමැත්තෙමි. ඇත්තවශයෙන්ම,  මීට ප්‍රථම සේවයේ සිටි විදේශ අමාත්‍යාංශ ලේකම්වරුන් දෙදෙනෙකු ද,  2017 ජූනි සහ ඔක්තෝබර් මාසවලදී පැවැති මේ හා සමාන වූ සාකච්ඡා සඳහා අවස්ථාව ඉල්ලාගරු අග්‍ර විනිශ්චයකාරතුමන්ගේ කාර්යාලයට ඍජුවම ලිපි යවා ඇත.  කෙසේවුවද, මේ අවස්ථාවේදී, විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් කර ඇත්තේ විශේෂ වාර්තාකරුගේ ඉල්ලීම  අධිකරණ අමාත්‍යාංශයේ ලේකම්වරයාට දන්වා යැවීම පමණකි.
  • අවසාන වශයෙන්, විශේෂ ක්‍රියා පරිපාටි පිළිබඳ බලයලත් පාර්ශ්වයන්ගේ සංචාරවලදී, ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ අදාළ රේඛීය ආයතන හා සමග  විදේශ කටයුතු  අමාත්‍යාංශය විසින් සෑම කල්හිම කටයුතු කර ඇත්තේ උපදේශනයේ සහ කටයුතුවල නිරතවීමේ භාවාර්ථයෙන්ම බව  අවධාරණය කරනු කැමැත්තෙමි.

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வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சர், கௌரவ திலக் மாரப்பன அவர்களின்

சிறப்பு பாராளுமன்ற அறிக்கை – 25.07.19

 

ஒன்று கூடுவதற்கான மற்றும் குழுமச் சுதந்திரத்திற்கான சிறப்புச் செய்தியாளர் திரு கிளமென்ட் நியலசோஸி வோல் அவர்களின் வருகை பற்றியும் கௌரவ தலைமை நீதிபதியையும் கொழும்பு உயர் நீதிமன்ற நீதிபதிகளையும் சந்திக்கவேண்டுமென்ற அவரின் கோரிக்கை பற்றியும் வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சினால் எடுக்கப்பட்ட நடவடிக்கை தொடர்பாக,  பாராளுமன்றத்தில் செவ்வாய் (23 ஜூலை) மற்றும் புதன் (24 ஜூலை) கிழமைகளில் பல்வேறு பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர்களால் எழுப்பப்பட்ட பிரச்சனை தொடர்பில் எனது கவனத்திற்கு கொண்டுவரப்பட்டுள்ளது.

இது பற்றிய கௌரவ பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர்களால் வெளிப்படுத்தப்பட்ட கருத்துக்கள் குழப்பத்தை ஏற்படுத்தியுள்ளன என்ற வகையில், நான் பின்வருவனவற்றைத் தெளிவுபடுத்திக்கொள்ள விரும்புகிறேன்:

  • ஐ.நா. சிறப்பு நடைமுறைகள் பணிப்பாணை வைத்திருப்பவர்களால் இதுமாதிரியாக மேற்கொள்ளப்படும் விஜயங்களின் ஒரு பகுதியாக, சிறப்புச் செய்தியாளரின் வருகையும் இலங்கை அரசாங்கத்தின் அழைப்பின் பேரில் மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டுள்ளது.
  • இந்த மாதிரியான விஜயங்களை வரவேற்கும் நோக்கம்; ஐ.நா உள்ளடங்கலான சர்வதேச சமூகத்துடன் இலங்கை வெளிப்படையான மற்றும் பேச்சுவார்த்தை உணர்வில் ஒளிவு மறைவற்ற செயன்முறைகளைக் கொண்டிருப்பதற்காகவே.
  • ஒரு சிறப்புச் செய்தியாளர் இலங்கைக்கு வருவது இது முதல் தடவையல்ல; 8 ஜனவரி 2015 இலிருந்து இதுமாதிரியான 8 விஜயங்கள் மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டிருக்கின்றன. அந்த மாதிரியான தருணங்களில், சிறப்புச் செய்தியாளரின் செயற்பாடுகளை ஒருங்கிணைப்பதும் அரச துறைகளுடனான கூட்டங்களை ஒழுங்குசெய்வதும் வெளிநாட்டு அமைச்சின் வழமையான செயற்பாடாகவே இருந்துவந்துள்ளது. இந்த விஜயங்கள் மேற்கொள்ளப்படுவதற்கு முன்பாக, ஐ.நா விடமிருந்து சந்திக்கவிரும்பும் சிறப்புச் செய்தியாளர்களின் பட்டியல் ஒன்று, வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்டுக்கு கிடைக்கப்பெறும்.
  • தற்போது கேள்விக்குட்படுத்தப்பட்டுள்ள சிறப்புச் செய்தியாளரின் தற்போதைய விஜயம் தொடர்பில், பிற விஜயங்களைப் போலவே, இந்தச் சந்திப்புக்கான ஏற்பாடுகள் குறித்துக் கலந்தாலோசிப்பதற்கு, இவ்வமைச்சு சம்பந்தப்பட்டவர்களின் ஆயத்தக் கூட்டத்தை கூட்டியது என்பதை இங்கு குறிப்பிடுதல் முக்கியமானதாகும். அதன்பின்னர், சிறப்பு அறிக்கையாளரின் முறையான சந்திப்பு முன்பதிவுகளுக்கான கோரிக்கையை, அமைச்சகம் சம்பந்தப்பட்ட நிறுவனங்களுக்கு அறிவிக்கும். இம்முறையும் அதே நடைமுறையே பின்பற்றப்பட்டது, அதாவது, கௌரவ தலைமை நீதிபதி மற்றும் கொழும்பு உயர் நீதிமன்ற நீதிபதிகள் உள்ளிட்டவர்களுடனான 20 இற்கும் மேற்பட்ட சந்திப்புக்களைப் பெறுவதற்கு விரும்பப்பட்டது.
  • மேற்குறிப்பிட்ட ஆயத்தக் கூட்டத்தில்; சிறப்பு செய்தியாளரின் விஜயத்தினால் நீதி அமைச்சின் செயலாளருக்கு வெளிநாட்டு அமைச்சினால் அனுப்பப்பட்ட கடித்தத்திலுள்ள பிரச்சனைகள் கொண்டுவரப்படக்கூடிய சாத்தியக்கூறுகள் பற்றி, பொலிஸ் திணைக்களம் மற்றும் சட்டமா அதிபர் திணக்களத்தின் பிரதிநிதிகள் கோடிட்டுக் காட்டினர். அந்த மாதிரியான நிகழ்வுகளின் தற்போதைய நிலைமைகள் பற்றியவற்றை வழங்கும் பணியைச் சட்டமா அதிபர்  திணைக்களம் மேற்கொண்டது.
  • இப்பின்னணியிலேயே, வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சின் பதிலாள் செயலாளர்; நீதி அமைச்சின் செயலாளர், பாதுகாப்பு அமைச்சின் செயலாளர் மற்றும் கௌரவ சட்டமா அதிபர் ஆகியோருக்கு இந்நிகழ்வுகளைப் பற்றிக் குறிப்பிட்டார். இதன் நோக்கம், குறிப்பிட்ட நிகழ்வுகள் தொடர்பில் சிறப்புச் செய்தியாளர் பிரச்சனைகளை எழுப்பக்கூடிய சாத்தியக்கூறுகள் பற்றி, இந்த நிறுவனங்களுக்கு எச்சரிக்கை விடுப்பதாகும்.
  • கௌரவ தலைமை நீதிபதி மற்றும் கொழும்பு உயர் நீதிமன்ற நீதிபதிகளுடனான சந்திப்புக்கான முன்பதிவுகள் வழங்கப்படவேண்டுமென்பது, வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சின் பதிலாள் செயலாளரின் கடிதத்தில் எந்த இடத்திலும் பரிந்துரைக்கப்படவில்லை என்பது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது. இச்சந்திப்புக்களை சிறப்புச் செய்தியாளர் விரும்புகிறார் என்பது மட்டுமே அக்கடிதத்தில் குறிப்பிடப்பட்டது.
  • அதேபோலவே, வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சின் கடிதத்தில் இவ்விடயங்கள் பற்றிய கலந்தாலோசிக்கப்படும் என்பதும் குறிப்பிடப்படவில்லை, ஆனால், அவை பற்றிக் கலந்தாலோசிக்கப்படக்கூடும் என்றே சம்பந்தப்பட்ட நிறுவனங்களுக்கு எச்சரிக்கப்பட்டிருந்தது. இதுகூட, குறித்த விஜயத்திற்கு முன்பாக ஜூலை 5 இல் சம்பந்தப்பட்டவர்களுடனான நடைபெற்ற கூட்டத்தின் விளைவே.
  • சிறப்புச் செய்தியாளரின் சந்திப்புக்களுக்கான கோரிக்கையை நீதி அமைச்சு மற்றும் நீதித்துறைச் சேவைகள் ஆணையகத்திடம் தெரிவித்ததன் மூலம், வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சானது முறையான நடைமுறைகளையே பின்பற்றியிருக்கிறது. நீதித்துறைச் சேவைகள் ஆணையகமானது, இவ்வமைச்சின் கடிதத்தைக் கருத்தில் கொண்டு, கௌரவ தலைமை நீதிபதியின் ஆலோசனையின் பேரில், அவரால் இந்த சந்திப்புக்கான முன்பதிவு வழங்கப்பட்டது.
  • வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சின் பதிலாள் செயலாளரின் கடிதமானது, நீதித்துறையில் தலையீடு செய்கிறது மற்றும் நீதிமன்ற அவமதிப்பு என்பது மாதிரியான சில பாராளுமன்ற உறுப்பினர்களின் வெளிப்பாடு குறித்து நான் கவலையடைந்துள்ளேன். இத்துணிபுரைகள் எதுவும் உண்மையல்ல.
  • இக்குறிப்பிட்ட விஜயத்திற்காக வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சினால் எடுக்கப்படும் முதல் நடவடிக்கை அல்ல இது என்பதை நான் மீண்டும் வலியுறுத்த விரும்புகிறேன். உண்மையில், முன்பிருந்த இரு வெளிநாட்டு அமைச்சின் செயலாளர்கள், ஜூன் 2017 இலும் அக்டோபர் 2017 இலும், நேரடியாக கௌரவ தலைமை நீதிபதிக்கு எழுத்துமூலமாக அறிவித்து, இதேமாதிரியான சந்திப்புக்களைக் கோரியிருந்தார்கள். ஆனபோதிலும், இச்சந்தர்ப்பத்தில் சிறப்புச் செய்தியாளரின் கோரிக்கையானது நீதி அமைச்சின் செயலாளருக்கு மட்டுமே அறிவிக்கப்பட்டது.
  • முடிவாக, சிறப்பு நடைமுறைகள் பணிப்பாணை வைத்திருப்பவர்களின் விஜயங்களின்போது, ஆலோசனை மற்றும் ஈடுபாட்டு உணர்வில் இவ்வமைச்சு எப்போதுமே இலங்கையின் சம்பந்தப்பட்டவர்களுடன் இணைந்தே பணியாற்றியது என்பதைக் குறிப்பிடவிரும்புகிறேன்.

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Press Release - Sri Lanka Tourism

10th May 2019

So strong and resilient Sri Lanka

As Sri Lanka returns to normalcy after the tragic events of Easter Sunday that interrupted a decade of peace and prosperity in the island, Sri Lanka Tourism is illustrating what Sri Lankans are best at - moving forward. With authorities’ strategic operations carried out to contain the situation and the arrest of those responsible Sri Lanka is rapidly returning to normalcy and the industry is readying itself for what was to have been a record mid-season in what would have been a record year of growth for the tourism industry.

“Tourism is a strategically critical sector in Sri Lanka’s ever-expanding economy. It’s now the third highest revenue generator for the country and it is estimated that 500,000 individuals depend on it. From the fishermen, to the farmer to the tuk tuk driver to the king coconut seller on the roadside, they all benefit from the tourism industry. On the flip side, thousands of people are directly employed in the hospitality sector. Therefore, many Sri Lankans from various walks of life are stakeholders of the tourism industry. We have seen darker days but have always bounced back, better and stronger. Our resilience as a nation is unrivalled. This is our strength and we will show the world that Sri Lanka will once again be the top destination to visit,” explains a confident Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs, Hon. John Amaratunga.

Security first

Ensuring security and safety for everyone in Sri Lanka has been the single focus of the government of Sri Lanka. In the immediate wake of the attack the full force of Sri Lanka’s highly experienced Tri forces were deployed across the island and it is confirmed that all the suspects of this small but deadly cell have been identified and apprehended proving again that the advanced capabilities of our military power must never be underestimated. This was an important message and Sri Lanka Tourism was committed to ensuring that the entire Tourism community both at home and across the world were able to hear it. To this end a joint industry press conference was organized on the 6th of May and a full security update was provided by a military spokesperson along with updates by Kishu Gomes Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism and the Presidents of the key industry bodies THASL and SLAITO.

Sri Lanka Tourism chairman led the panel and briefed the different stakeholders on the following;

  1. Sri Lanka Tourism’s Emergency response protocol deployment
  2. Information access & dissemination
  3. New safety and security procedures that focus on training people, defining procedure and installing advanced security equipment
  4. Crisis management process & procurement of services
  5. Destination recovery acceleration through focussed and strategic marketing
  6. Aggressive promotion strategies
  7. Discussions on concessions and relief packages for the industry

As all Sri Lankans are reassured by the expert skills of our military forces in keeping the island safe from any future threat, so will Sri Lanka Tourism re-inspire confidence in what is Lonely Planet’s destination of the year 2019. ‘This is a journey governed by focus, clarity, maturity, experience and expertise’ asserts Gomes

Ensuring convenience and comfort amidst new security procedures

The Airport has been a primary focus in the government’s efforts to ensure complete control of the security of the island and we are grateful to Sri Lankans and visitors alike for understanding that these unprecedented incidents have resulted in some inconveniences at the Airport especially with respect to pick up and drop off. Sri Lanka Tourism is working with the Air Force and Airport authorities to minimize the inconvenience caused by these improved security procedures. In order to provide a more user-friendly and efficient experience during arrivals, the coach park at the Bandaranayke International Airport (BIA) is now open to permit holders, with 24hr prior confirmation to airport authorities. The terminal car park is now opened to park and pick passengers, with only the limitation of restrictions to the arrival lobby. A Shuttle service is still in operation to ensure convenient travel to the remote car park and a new road has been especially constructed to pick passengers at the arrival terminal. These improvements will reflect well given that Airport arrivals data indicates that we are welcoming an average of 1500-1800 daily arrivals since April 21st.

Onward and upward

Echoing again the promise it made nearly three weeks ago, Sri Lanka Tourism will not be beaten, and we will not let down the millions of Sri Lankans that depend on the industry for their daily living. This message was delivered loud and clear at ATM 2 weeks ago and reaffirmed at 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism in San Sabastian soon after.

We welcomed the President of the UFTAA’s (United Federation of Travel Agents Association and his arrival has inspired renewed confidence in the destination. This visit comes in relation to the organization’s planned mid-year meeting set to take place in Sri Lanka this year, where representatives from over 25 countries will attend.

In 2019, 34 road shows have been planned out of which 4 already completed.  Sri Lanka Tourism will as custodians of the industry move forward with the other 30 as planned.

In addition to the road shows, Sri Lanka Tourism will lead the destination marketing efforts in 62 travel fairs around the world. It has already successfully positioned Sri Lanka as the world’s premier holiday destination in 38 fairs to date and will continue to do so with renewed vigor at the balance 24 fairs scheduled in the months ahead.

While international exposure for Sri Lanka is vital it is just one strategic pillar in the destination marketing strategy. Sponsorships and pre-planned event schedules will also move forward; as such the World Surfing League will still be held in June this year, bringing in a myriad of professional surfers from all around the world. The Amateaur Golf World Cup, set for the latter half of 2019, set to bring in participants mainly from Europe and Asia, expects to impact over 1 million golf-lovers around the world and establish Sri Lanka as a golfing destination. West Asia Baseball cup 2019 is another sporting activity year-marked for July 2019. Over 600 foreign participants and their families are expected predominantly from South Asia.  Moreover, given Sri Lanka’s importance as a cultural destination, the Kandy Esala Perehera planned for August is expected to bring in travelers who seek out the historic and cultural aspects of the island’s travel experience.  The 71st AIESCC International congress is also to be held in Colombo from 5th – 13th July where a large number of members are expected to arrive in Sri Lanka.

We have developed a number of ways in which to help the global tourism community, industry stakeholders and global travelers alike understand that the vast majority of the island was unaffected by the attacks of Easter Sunday and that while everyone is deeply shocked by the senseless tragedy and reassured by the heightened security presence, life on the island is as it always has been; warm, generous and deeply rooted in compassion.

One such initiative was a special program aimed at foreign travel journalists; five journalists from reputable media houses in Ukraine, Malaysia and Italy visited Kandy, Colombo and the Southern Part of Sri Lanka. Similarly, Sri Lanka Tourism has moved rapidly to ensure that Sri Lanka’s ground situation is readily accessible to those planning their itinerary, as current portals may not always carry specific information that tourists may be looking for, given the surplus of incident-specific news in the last few days.  In this regard, apart from the planned portal, Sri Lanka Tourism is currently hosting a number of international travel bloggers in the island with reach in over 15 countries around the globe & a combined following of over 1.5 million. The bloggers who plan to do a one-week stay in Sri Lanka, are currently traveling through the island’s most popular destinations to give their audiences a real-time look at what traveling through the greater part of Sri Lanka looks like right now. ‘There’s so much of Sri Lanka to see, experience, and enjoy. It’s unfortunate if that gets overshadowed by these isolated events says blogger Jerre Stead from USA. This being a sentiment that is voiced by a number of tourists still flying in to the island.  The bloggers toured Jaffna, Dambulla, Kandy, and Nuwara Eliya before arriving in Negombo and itinerary specially designed by Sri Lanka Tourism aimed to better educate and promote lesser known attractions throughout the island. the social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest and Instagram have been used by both groups extensively and in a extremely positive light to share what they experienced during their time in Sri Lanka.

In addition to bloggers coming into the island, Sri Lanka is set to participate at the international blogger conference in Italy in early June. The platform will provide maximum exposure to illustrate the Island’s experience and plans, as well as garner support to strengthen the island’s travel campaign for the coming months. It is expected that over 400 bloggers predominantly from the UK and other European countries would attend.

Global expertise and strategic recovery plans

Sri Lanka Tourism is focused on laying the right ground work for rapid recovery and is working with a team of senior international experts in destination reputation management & crisis recovery, this team have successfully worked to mitigate risk for Egypt Tourism, Lufthansa Germanwings among other famous brands. The phased out strategic plan includes 1) Channel management & rapid rebuttal 2) Scenario mapping & planning 3) Customized recovery strategies for key source markets based on global consumer research

‘We have already taken all possible steps to demonstrate that Sri Lanka’s response to the incident is effective and credible. We are now aggressively planning to reassure the world of our levels of preparedness and setting the groundwork for future reputational recovery work by reassuring tourists that all appropriate steps are being taken by the Sri Lankan Government to prevent any future incidents and ensure the continued safety of tourists within the country. As we do this we are developing a holistic reputation recovery plan based on data and research for each of the key markets, this will be followed by an intensive global marketing campaign to further accelerate the recovery process’ said Kishu Gomes Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism

Media Unit

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau. (SLTPB)

No: 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03. Sri Lanka.

Tel: 0112426900 (Ext.: 243)

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Massages from Sri Lanka Tourism 

http://www.sltda.lk/emergency

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UPDATE ON FOREIGN NATIONAL CASUALTIES AT EXPLOSIONS IN SRI LANKA–06 MAY 2019

Media Releases | Mon, 6 May 2019

As at Monday, 06 May 2019 1600 hours, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 44.

The fatalities were: one (01) from Bangladesh, six (06) from China, eleven (11) from India (10 Indian nationals and 01 Sri Lanka Passport holder with Overseas Citizen of India status), three (03) from Denmark, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from the Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Saudi Arabia, two (02) from Spain, one (01) from Switzerland, two (02) from Turkey, six (06) from the UK, one (01) from USA, two (02) holding US and UK nationalities, one (01) holding Swiss and Dutch nationalities, one (01) holding Dutch and Sri Lankan nationalities, and two (02) holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities.

Human remains of 31 foreign nationals have been repatriated to date.

Additionally, 10 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.

The Ministry continues to liaise with the JMO office and Diplomatic Missions concerned in the identification and repatriation of human remains.

Representatives of the relevant Sri Lanka Missions in the countries concerned attended funerals and memorial services of the victims and expressed condolences on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka. Official condolence messages were sent by the Heads of Mission to the bereaved families. All over the world, many, including political leaders and dignitaries visited Sri Lanka Missions to sign the books of condolence, expressing sympathy and solidarity with Sri Lanka at its time of grief.  Sri Lankan expatriates joined interfaith religious observances including candle light vigils organized by Sri Lanka Missions in memory of those who were killed in the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

 06 May 2019

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UPDATE ON FOREIGN NATIONAL CASUALTIES AT EXPLOSIONS IN SRI LANKA – 29 APRIL 2019

Media Releases | Mon, 29 Apr 2019

As at Monday, 29 April 2019 1700 hours, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 42.

The fatalities were: one (01) from Bangladesh, four (04) from China, eleven (11) from India, three (03) from Denmark, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from the Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Saudi Arabia, two (02) from Spain, one (01) from Switzerland, two (02) from Turkey, six (06) from the UK, one (01) from USA, two (02) holding US and UK nationalities, one (01) holding Swiss and Dutch nationalities, one (01) holding Dutch and Sri Lankan nationalities, and two (02) holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities.

Human remains of 25 foreign nationals have been repatriated to date.

Additionally, 12 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.

Five (05) foreign nationals injured in the attacks are receiving treatment at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital and private hospitals in Colombo while others have been discharged from hospital following treatment.

The Foreign Ministry continues to be in close contact with the relevant hospital authorities to identify the remaining victims. The Ministry will continue to monitor the welfare of the foreign nationals receiving treatment.

An emergency hotline to assist families of the affected foreign nationals is operational at +94 112323015.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

29 April 2019

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Saturday April 27th, 2019

National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI) to be banned in Sri Lanka

President Maithripala Sirisena, in terms of powers vested in him as the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka under Emergency Regulations No. 01 of 2019, has taken steps to ban the organizations National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem (JMI) in Sri Lanka.

As such, all activities of those organizations as well as their property will be seized by the government.

Steps are been taken to ban other extremist organizations operating in Sri Lanka, under Emergency Regulations.

http://www.pmdnews.lk/national-thawheed-jammath-ntj-and-jamathei-millathu-ibraheem-jmi-to-be-banned-in-sri-lanka/

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UPDATE ON FOREIGN NATIONAL CASUALTIES AT EXPLOSIONS IN SRI LANKA – 26 APRIL 2019

Media Releases | Fri, 26 Apr 2019

As at Friday, 26 April 2019 1800 hours, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed remained at 40. 

The fatalities were: one (01) from Bangladesh, two (02) from China, eleven (11) from India, three (03) from Denmark, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from the Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Saudi Arabia, two (02) from Spain, one (01) from Switzerland, two (02) from Turkey, six (06) from the UK, one (01) from USA, two (02) holding US and UK nationalities, one (01) holding Swiss and Dutch nationalities, one (01) holding Dutch and Sri Lankan nationalities, and two (02) holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities.

Human remains of 22 foreign nationals have been repatriated to date.

Additionally, 14 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.

Five (05) foreign nationals injured in the attacks are receiving treatment at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital and private hospitals in Colombo while others have been discharged from hospital following treatment.

The Foreign Ministry continues to be in close contact with the relevant hospital authorities to identify the remaining victims. The Ministry will continue to monitor the welfare of the foreign nationals receiving treatment.

An emergency hotline to assist families of the affected foreign nationals is operational at +94 112323015.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

26 April 2019

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UPDATE ON FOREIGN NATIONAL CASUALTIES AT EXPLOSIONS IN SRI LANKA – 25 APRIL 2019

Media Releases | Thu, 25 Apr 2019

As at Thursday, 25 April 2019 1800 hours, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 40. 

The fatalities were: one (01) from Bangladesh, two (02) from China, eleven (11) from India, three (03) from Denmark, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from the Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Saudi Arabia, two (02) from Spain, one (01) from Switzerland, two (02) from Turkey, six (06) from the UK, one (01) from USA, two (02) holding US and UK nationalities, one (01) holding Swiss and Dutch nationalities, one (01) holding Dutch and Sri Lankan nationalities, and two (02) holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities.

Human remains of 16 foreign nationals have been repatriated to date.

Additionally, 14 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.

Five (05) foreign nationals injured in the attacks are receiving treatment at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital and private hospitals in Colombo while others have been discharged from hospital following treatment.

The Foreign Ministry continues to be in close contact with the relevant hospital authorities to identify the remaining victims. The Ministry will continue to monitor the welfare of the foreign nationals receiving treatment.

An emergency hotline to assist families of the affected foreign nationals is operational at +94 112323015.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

25 April 2019

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Statement from the Sri Lanka Tourism (SLTDA & SLTPB)

Following the acts of terror that took place on Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) have continued to engage with high-level government officials and tourism stakeholders in order to assess the current situation and have taken necessary steps to ensure all possible assistance is provided to tourists in need of help.

Sri Lanka Tourism is deeply shocked and saddened by the senseless violence and unreservedly condemns these dastardly acts. We offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to all the victims and their families, while wishing a speedy recovery to all those injured and currently receiving treatment.

In the immediate aftermath of the explosions Sri Lanka Tourism deployed trained emergency response teams and its representatives at hospitals, affected hotels and the airport to assist tourists in any way possible including hotel transfers, airline bookings, airport transfers, itinerary changes, hospital treatment, contacting their loved ones and reuniting missing family members through diplomatic channels.

In addition, a 24-hour emergency support desk has been established and can be accessed as follows;

Emergency local hotline number to assist tourists currently in Sri Lanka - 1912

Emergency hotline to assist families of affected foreign nationals (Travel Information Counter at BIA) +94 11 2252411 or +94 11 2252861 Ext. 3359

Sri Lanka Tourism wishes to assure tourists who are already in the country and unaffected by the terror attacks that the police, tourism police and security forces are jointly implementing a comprehensive security plan to ensure their safety across the island including all important tourism sites. Meanwhile a security briefing was held on 22nd April for hotel owners and operators on the new safety measures that are being rolled out and to seek their cooperation in strengthening security at hotels and resorts.

Sri Lanka Tourism would like to reassure the world that the country is open for business and all possible measures have been taken to ensure the safety and security of tourists. Our world famous tourism sites, hotels, resorts and other tourist attractions will remain open as usual. There are no road closures or restrictions on movement anywhere in the island.

Sri Lanka is a proudly diverse nation which celebrates its multicultural nature. Since the end of the war a decade ago, Sri Lanka has enjoyed absolute peace and it will do everything within its power to maintain the peace that every Sri Lankan cherishes and rebuild what has been destroyed with renewed vigour. There is no place for terrorism of any kind in Sri Lanka and whoever that is responsible for the Easter Sunday violence will be hunted down and punished in the strongest possible manner.

Sri Lanka Tourism looks forward to warmly welcome all those who have planned trips to the country in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Ministry of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs

No. 78, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka

Office: +94112382206

Fax: +94112382218

Mobile: +94 777 354 794

Email: ministryoftourismsl@gmail.com

Web: www.tourismmin.gov.lk | www.srilanka.travel

Emergency Alerts from Sri Lanka Tourism http://www.sltda.lk/emergency

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UPDATE ON FOREIGN NATIONAL CASUALTIES AT EXPLOSIONS IN SRI LANKA – 24 APRIL 2019

Media Releases | Wed, 24 Apr 2019

As at Wednesday, 24 April 2019 1900 hours, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 36. 

The fatalities were: one (01) from Bangladesh, two (02) from China, eleven (11) from India, three (03) from Denmark, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from the Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Saudi Arabia, one (01) from Spain, two (02) from Turkey, six (06) from the UK, one (01) from USA, two (02) holding US and UK nationalities, and two (02) holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities.

Human remains of 13 foreign nationals have been repatriated to date.

Additionally, 14 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.

Twelve (12) foreign nationals injured in the attacks are receiving treatment at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital and private hospitals in Colombo while others have been discharged from hospital following treatment.

The Foreign Ministry continues to be in close contact with the relevant hospital authorities to identify the remaining victims. The Ministry will continue to monitor the welfare of the foreign nationals receiving treatment.

An emergency hotline to assist families of the affected foreign nationals is operational at +94 112323015

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

24 April 2019

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UPDATE ON FOREIGN NATIONAL CASUALTIES AT EXPLOSIONS IN SRI LANKA -23 APRIL 2019

Media Releases | Tue, 23 Apr 2019

As at Tuesday, 23rd  April 2019 4.00 pm, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 34. 

The fatalities are: one (01) from Bangladesh, two (02) from China, ten (10) from India, three (03) from Denmark, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from the Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Saudi Arabia, one (01) from Spain, two (02) from Turkey, six (06) from the UK, two (02) holding US and UK nationalities, and two (02) holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities.

The French national who was reported as killed in the Ministry media release of 22nd April is a case of mistaken identity of nationality.

Additionally, 14 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.

Sixteen (16) foreign nationals injured in the attacks are receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital and private hospitals in Colombo while others have been treated and discharged.

The Foreign Ministry continues to be in close contact with the relevant hospital authorities to identify the remaining victims. The Ministry will continue to monitor the welfare of the foreign nationals receiving treatment.

An emergency hotline to assist families of the affected foreign nationals is operational at +94 112323015.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

23 April 2019

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UPDATE ON FOREIGN NATIONAL CASUALTIES AT EXPLOSIONS IN SRI LANKA

Media Releases | Mon, 22 Apr 2019

As at Monday 22nd April 2019 7.00 pm, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 31. 

The fatalities are: one (01) from Bangladesh, two (02) from China, eight (08) from India, one (01) from France, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from The Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Saudi Arabia, one (01) from Spain, two (02) from Turkey, six (06) from the UK, two (02) holding US and UK nationalities, and two (02) holding Australian and Sri Lankan nationalities.

Additionally, 14 foreign nationals are unaccounted for at present, and could be among the unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.

Seventeen (17) foreign nationals injured in the attacks are receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in Colombo while others have been treated and discharged.

The Foreign Ministry continues to be in close contact with the relevant hospital authorities to identify the remaining victims. The Ministry will continue to monitor the welfare of the foreign nationals receiving treatment.

An emergency hotline to assist families of the affected foreign nationals is operational at +94 112323015.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

22 April 2019

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FOREIGN NATIONAL CASUALTIES AT EXPLOSIONS IN SRI LANKA

Media Releases | Sun, 21 Apr 2019

Following the explosions that took place in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa, earlier today, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as deceased at the National Hospital in Colombo stands at eleven.  The fatalities are: three (03) from India, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Turkey, three (03) from the UK, and two (02) holding US and UK nationalities.

Additionally, while nine foreign nationals are reported missing, there are twenty five unidentified bodies believed to be of foreigners at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s mortuary.

Furthermore, as at 6pm today, 19 foreign nationals injured in the attacks are receiving treatment at the Colombo National Hospital.

Directors of Negombo and Batticaloa General Hospitals and the Colombo North Teaching Hospital have informed the Foreign Ministry that no foreigners have been admitted with injuries or declared dead at their respective hospitals.

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha and Tourism, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Secretary S. Hettiarachchi visited the Colombo National Hospital this afternoon where victims were receiving treatment and also the mortuary to express condolences to the bereaved families. The respective Colombo-based Heads of Mission of the countries of the deceased as well as Sri Lanka Missions overseas have been informed of the casualties.

The Foreign Ministry is in close contact with the relevant hospital authorities on the identification of the remaining victims. The Ministry will continue to monitor the welfare of the foreign nationals receiving treatment.

An emergency hotline to assist families of the affected foreign nationals will be operational 24 hours at +94 112323015

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 21 April 2019

 

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MATARA REGIONAL CONSULAR OFFICE DECLARED OPEN

Media Releases | Fri, 15 Feb 2019 (MoFA)

Matara Regional Consular (1)The Matara Regional Consular Office of the Foreign Ministry was declared open today (15) jointly by Minister of Foreign Affairs Tilak Marapana and Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera. Several members of the Southern Provincial Council, members of local government bodies of the Matara District and senior government officials including the District Secretary of Matara and Divisional Secretaries of the Southern Province attended the opening ceremony.

Following the ceremonial opening, documents attested by the Matara Regional Consular Office using the e-DAS system were handed over to their owners by the two Ministers, as the first consular service provided by the new office.

Addressing the gathering, Foreign Minister Marapana stated that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will take steps to open more regional offices in future particularly in the areas where a substantial number of families of migrant workers reside, enabling them to obtain consular services in their own districts, without travelling to Colombo. He appreciated the contribution of Minister Mangala Samaraweera as his predecessor towards taking the services of the Foreign Ministry to the people by first opening a Regional Consular Office in Jaffna.

With the opening of the Regional Consular Office, the general public is able to obtain consular services including attestation of birth, marriage and death certificates and other legal documents for their use abroad, assistance to family members of Sri Lankans stranded abroad, facilitation of redress and compensation claims of families of migrant workers and repatriation of human remains from abroad, among a range of services.

Minister Samaraweera thanked Minister Marapana for choosing Matara to open the Ministry’s second Regional Consular Office.

Earlier on, Acting Foreign Secretary, Ahmed A. Jawad, welcomed the Ministers, representatives of government agencies and the general public and thanked them for their support and presence. The Vote of Thanks was delivered by Director General Administration of the Ministry, Aruna Fernando.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Colombo

15 February 2019

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මාතර ප්‍රාදේශීය කොන්සියුලර් කාර්යාලය විවෘත කෙරෙයි

විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශයේ මාතර ප්‍රාදේශීය කොන්සියුලර් කාර්යාලය විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය තිලක් මාරපන සහ මුදල් හා ජනමාධ්‍ය අමාත්‍ය මංගල සමරවීර යන මහත්වරුන් අතින් අද දින (15) විවෘත විය. දකුණු පළාත් සභාවේ මැති ඇමැතිවරු රැසක්, මාතර දිස්ත්‍රික්කයේ පළාත් පාලන ආයතනවල මන්ත්‍රීවරු සහ මාතර දිස්ත්‍රික් ලේකම්වරයා හා දකුණු පළාතේ ප්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම්වරුන් ඇතුළු රජයේ ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ නිලධාරීහූ මෙම විවෘත කිරීමේ උත්සවයට සහභාගී වූහ.

කාර්යාලය උත්සවාකාරයෙන් විවෘත කිරීමෙන් අනතුරුව ඉන් ලබා දුන් පළමු කොන්සියුලර් සේවාව සනිටුහන් කරමින් ඉලෙක්ට්‍රොනික ලියකියැවිලි සත්‍යාපන ක්‍රමය මඟින් සත්‍යාපනය කරනු ලැබූ ලියකියැවිලි ඒවායේ අයිතිකරුවන් වෙත භාරදීම අමාත්‍යවරුන් දෙපළ අතින් සිදු විය.

කොළඹට නොපැමිණ සිය දිස්ත්‍රික්කවලම සිට කොන්සියුලර් සේවාවන් ලබාගැනීමේ හැකියාව ඔවුන් හට ලබාදෙමින් විශේෂයෙන්ම සංක්‍රමණික සේවකයන්ගේ පවුල් විශාල සංඛ්‍යාවක් වාසය කරන ප්‍රදේශවල අනාගතයේදී තවත් ප්‍රාදේශීය කොන්සියුලර් කාර්යාල විවෘත කිරීමට විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය පියවර ගන්නා බව විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍ය තිලක් මාරපන මහතා උත්සව සභාව අමතමින් පැවැසීය. පළමුව යාපනයේ ප්‍රාදේශීය කොන්සියුලර් කාර්යාලයක් විවෘත කරමින් විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශයේ සේවාවන් මහජනතාව වෙත රැගෙන යෑමේ කටයුත්තට සිය පූර්වගාමියා වූ අමාත්‍ය මංගල සමරවීර මහතා ලබා දුන් දායකත්වය අමාත්‍ය මාරපන මහතාගේ ඇගයීමට ලක්විය.

මෙම ප්‍රාදේශීය කොන්සියුලර් කාර්යාලය විවෘත වීමත් සමඟම, පුළුල් සේවා රැසක් අතර, එතෙරදී භාවිතය සඳහා උප්පැන්න සහතික, විවාහ සහතික, මරණ සහතික,අධ්‍යාපන සහතික සහ අනෙකුත් නෛතික ලියකියැවිලි සත්‍යාපනය කිරීම, විදේශයන්හි අතරමං වූ ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ගේ පවුල්වල සාමාජිකයන්ට සහය වීම, සංක්‍රමණික සේවකයන්ගේ පවුල්වල සාමාජිකයන් විසින් කරනු ලබන සහන සහ වන්දි ඉල්ලීම්වලට පහසුකම් සැපයීම මෙන්ම විදේශයන්හිදී මිය ගිය ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ගේ මෘත දේහ මෙරටට ගෙන්වා ගැනීම ආදී කොන්සියුලර් සේවා ලබා ගැනීමට මහජනතාවට හැකියාව ලැබී ඇත.

අමාත්‍යාංශයේ දෙවැනි ප්‍රාදේශීය කොන්සියුලර් කාර්යාලය විවෘත කිරීම සඳහා මාතර නගරය තෝරාගැනීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් අමාත්‍ය සමරවීර මහතා අමාත්‍ය මාරපන මහතාට සිය ස්තූතිය පළ කළේය.

උත්සවය ආරම්භයේදී කථා කළ විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශයේ වැඩබලන ලේකම් අහ්මඩ් ඒ. ජවාඩ් මහතා අමාත්‍යවරුන්, රජයේ ආයතනවල නියෝජිතයන් සහ මහජනතාව පිළිගත් අතර ඔවුන්ගේ සහයෝගය සහ පැමිණීම වෙනුවෙන් සිය ස්තූතිය පුද කළේය. විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශයේ අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජනරාල් (පාලන) අරුණ ප්‍රනාන්දු මහතා ස්තූති කථාව පැවැත්වීය.

විදේශ කටයුතු අමාත්‍යාංශය     

කොළඹ

2019 පෙබරවාරි 15 වැනිදා

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மாத்தறை பிராந்திய கொன்சியூலர் அலுவலகம் வைபவ ரீதியாக திறந்து வைக்கப்பட்டது

வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சர் திலக் மாரப்பன மற்றும் நிதி மற்றும் வெகுசன ஊடக அமைச்சர் மங்கள சமரவீர ஆகியோரினால் வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சின் மாத்தறை பிராந்திய கொன்சியூலர் அலுவலகம் வைபவ ரீதியாக இன்று (15) திறந்து வைக்கப்பட்டது. இந்த அங்குரார்ப்பண நிகழ்வில் தென் மாகாண சபையின் பல்வேறு உறுப்பினர்கள், மாத்தறை மாவட்ட அரச நிறுவனங்களின் உறுப்பினர்கள் மற்றும் மாத்தறை மாவட்ட செயலாளர் மற்றும் தென் மாகாணத்தின் பிரதேச செயலாளர்கள் உள்ளடங்கலாக பல்வேறு சிரேஷ்ட அரச உத்தியோகத்தர்கள் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.

சம்பிரதாயபூர்வமான அங்குரார்ப்பண நிகழ்வைத் தொடர்ந்து, புதிய அலுவலகத்தின் முதலாவது கொன்சியூலர் சேவையாக, ஈ-டி.ஏ.எஸ். முறைமையை பயன்படுத்தி மாத்தறை பிராந்திய கொன்சியூலர் அலுவலகத்தினால் சான்றுறுதிப்படுத்தப்பட்ட ஆவணங்கள் அவற்றின் உரிமையாளர்களிடம் இரண்டு அமைச்சர்களினாலும் கையளிக்கப்பட்டன.

இந்த நிகழ்வில் உரையாற்றுகையில், கொழும்பிற்கு பிரயாணம் மேற்கொள்ளாமல் தங்களது சொந்த மாவட்டங்களிலேயே கொன்சியூலர் சேவைகளை பெற்றுக்கொள்வதனை இயலுமாக்கும் வகையில், புலம்பெயர்ந்த தொழிலாளர்களின் குடும்ப உறுப்பினர்கள் கணிசமாக வாழும் இடங்களில் இன்னும் அதிகமான பிராந்திய கொன்சியூலர் அலுவலகங்களை எதிர்காலத்தில் திறப்பதற்கான நடவடிக்கைகளை வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சு மேற்கொள்ளும் என வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சர் திலக் மாரப்பன தெரிவித்தார். முதலாவது பிராந்திய கொன்சியூலர் அலுவலகத்தை யாழ்ப்பாணத்தில் திறந்ததன் வாயிலாக வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள்  அமைச்சின் சேவைகளை மக்களுக்கு வழங்கியமைக்காக தனக்கு முன்னால் பதவி வகித்த அமைச்சர் மங்கள சமரவீரவிற்கு அவர் தனது பாராட்டுக்களை தெரிவித்தார்.

இந்த பிராந்திய கொன்சியூலர் அலுவலகத்தின் வாயிலாக, வெளிநாடுகளில் பயன்படுத்திக் கொள்வதற்காக பிறப்பு, திருமண, மரணச் சான்றிதழ்கள் மற்றும் ஏனைய சட்ட ஆவணங்களை சான்றுறுதிப்படுத்தல், வெளிநாடுகளில் தடுத்து வைக்கப்பட்டுள்ள இலங்கையர்களின் குடும்ப உறுப்பினர்களுக்கு உதவுதல், புலம்பெயர்ந்த தொழிலாளர்களின் குடும்ப உறுப்பினர்கள் நிவாரணம் மற்றும் நட்டஈடுகளை பெற்றுக்கொள்வதற்கு வசதியளித்தல் மற்றும் வெளிநாட்டில் இருக்கும் மனித எச்சங்களை நாட்டிற்கு மீள கொண்டுவருதல் போன்ற பல்வேறு வகையான கொன்சியூலர் சேவைகளை பொதுமக்களால் பெற்றுக்கொள்ள முடியும்.

அமைச்சின் இரண்டாவது பிராந்திய கொன்சியூலர் அலுவலகத்தினை திறப்பதற்காக மாத்தறை மாவட்டத்தை தெரிவு செய்தமைக்காக அமைச்சர் சமரவீர தனது நன்றிகளை அமைச்சர் மாரப்பனவிற்கு தெரிவித்தார்.

நிகழ்வின் ஆரம்பத்தில் பதில் வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் செயலாளர் அஹமட் ஏ. ஜவாத் அவர்கள் நிகழ்விற்கு வருகை தந்திருந்த அமைச்சர்கள், அரச நிறுவனங்களின் பிரதிநிதிகள் மற்றும் பொதுமக்களை வரவேற்று, அவர்களின் ஆதரவிற்காக தனது நன்றிகளை தெரிவித்தார். வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சின் பொது நிர்வாகப் பிரிவின் பணிப்பாளர் நாயகம் அருண பெர்ணான்டோவினால் நன்றியுரை நிகழ்த்தப்பட்டது.

வெளிநாட்டு அலுவல்கள் அமைச்சு

கொழும்பு

15 பெப்ரவரி 2019

Matara Regional Consular (2)

 

President instructs to provide immediate relief to people affected by heavy rains and floods

PMD News (FA) Sunday December 23rd, 2018

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed relevant authorities to provide immediate relief to the people affected by the heavy rains and floods that prevailed in the Mullaitivu, Mannar and Kilinochchi District.

All necessary facilities will be provided to the people in the threatened areas until the floods subside, President Maithripala Sirisena instructed relevant authorities to release funds to the district secretaries promptly. The President has also instructed the Governor of the Northern Province, District Secretaries, the Army Commander and the Disaster Management Centers to carry out these relief programs expeditiously.

Due to the heavy rains that prevailed in the Northern Province, in the Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Mannar districts experienced severe floods. As a result, spill gates were opened in several reservoirs, including Iranamadu.

The affected districts are Mullaithivu, Kilinochchi and Mannar and the Disaster Management Center has taken steps to provide relief to those affected who are living in 40 camps operating in these districts.

Source : http://www.pmdnews.lk/president-instructs-to-provide-immediate-relief-to-people-affected-by-heavy-rains-and-floods/

 

 

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