Minister of External Affairs Professor G.L. Peiris addressing an audience in Dhaka has stated that having regard to the substantial progress achieved by Sri Lanka in dealing with a variety of complex challenges since the advent of peace, and also in view of the clearly formulated rules governing the scope of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group , there is absolutely no justification for introducing any issues relating to Sri Lanka into the agenda of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.
He made these remarks in the course of a wide ranging discussion with Dr. Dipu Moni, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, at her Ministry during a two-day official visit to Bangladesh.
Prof. Peiris, who provided his counterpart in the government of Bangladesh with a detailed briefing on current developments in Sri Lanka, used the opportunity to inform her of the substance of the discussions which took place in Colombo during the visit by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma to Sri Lanka last week.
The Minister said that exercise of the good offices role of the Secretary-General was quite evident from the wide range of consultations which he had with representatives of the government, the diplomatic community and several statutory agencies.
He pointed out that exhaustion of the good offices role of the Secretary-General is a condition precedent for any specific country situation to be included in the agenda of CMAG.