Confidence placed in Government:
Foreign Minister lauds Lord Naseby
Recalling the report to the House of Lords presented by Lord Naseby,
Co-Chair of the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Sri Lanka following
his visit last year, where he observed that there was a chink of light
with the pursuit of a military strategy against the terrorists, Foreign
Minister Bogollagama thanked him for the confidence placed in the
Government since that expectation was now being realised, Lord Naseby
paid a courtesy call on the Foreign Minister on January 21 at the end of
his visit to Sri Lanka.
Lord Naseby noted that the military strategy outlined to him last
year during his meetings then, had at present been totally vindicated,
with the clearance of the terrorists from the respective regions in the
North and East of Sri Lanka.
He from his interactions with Sri Lankan citizens during the current
visit, pointed out that there was a sense of appreciation among them, in
the measured manner in which the military operations have been conducted
against the terrorists.
With regard to the handling of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
especially from the North, the Minister explained the steps taken, based
on the Government's experience in the East.
He reasoned out the issues giving rise to erroneous numbers of IDPs
being publicised, and they discussed possible ways and means of
overcoming the difficulties in its collation.
Foreign Minister Bogollagama underscored the importance of working
with the Sri Lankan diaspora abroad at with the successes against the
terrorists. Lord Naseby referring to the Northern Irish process which
adopted a similar strategy undertook to assist in the UK in this regard.
They also discussed issues pertaining to the developments in the
South Asian region.