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Website for Commonwealth Summit launched

2013 Jun 18

The website www.chogm2013.lk which would provide information relating to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting to be held in Sri Lanka in the month of November was launched at the Ministry of External Affairs under the chairmanship of the Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L.Peiris this morning.

 

Minister of Mass Media and Information Mr. Keheliya Rambukwella,  Deputy Minister of External Affairs Mr. Neomal Perera, Secretary to the Ministry of Mass Media and Information Dr. Charita Herath, and Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs  Mr. Karunatilleke Amunugama and several attended this function.  

 

Speaking at this occasion, Minister of External Affairs Prof. G.L.Peiris said that holding of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Sri Lanka is a victory achieved by all Sri Lankans.  He said that this is the first time that an Asian country has got the opportunity of hosting the Commonwealth summit.  He said that Heads of governments and foreign ministers from 53 countries and high ranking officials will attend the November meeting.

 

The Minister said that this will be the major international summit that will be held in Sri Lanka after the 1976 Non Aligned Summit.  He said that Queen Elizabeth will be represented at the summit by Prince of Wales and all arrangements for the summit is being organized under the leadership of Prime Minister D.M.Jayaratne.  

 

He said that a committee has been appointed under the chairmanship of Secretary to the President Mr. Lalith Weeratunge to oversee the comprehensive arrangements and 15 other committees have been appointed to look into the security, transport, media and other aspects.  

 

Prof. Peiris also said that the them of the summit “Economic Development and Social Equality” has been derived from the Mahinda Chintana. (niz)

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