Review on diaspora ban underway

tamil-diaspora-protests-sri-lanka-genocide-state-terror-432x300The Government says the review process on the ban imposed on some diaspora groups is underway.

Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, who had said in March that the ban imposed by the former Government on diaspora groups and individuals will be reviewed, today informed parliament that the process is underway.

“I spoke that day about initiating a process to review the individuals and entities in the diaspora community who were listed under the Extraordinary Gazette 1854/41 of 21 March 2014. This process has already been initiated,” he said.

The Minister also said that under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, he is certain that the Government will form and implement a consensus on the national question that has evaded previous governments.

“We will use our collective political will to construct a great peace for our country,” Samaraweera said.

He also noted that during the last several years, Sri Lanka pursued a policy of aggression towards the international community and alienated its friends and also international organisations.

“But within a short span of 108 days, we have managed to take some steps to steer our nation back on course. And today’s formal announcement in Washington on the Secretary of State’s visit to Sri Lanka on the 2nd of May signifies the return of Sri Lanka to the center stage of International Affairs,” he added.

The Minister also said that in order to ensure Sri Lanka is not vulnerable to intrusive external interventions, the co