New Foreign Minister states that country’s foreign policies will reflect its history, culture, social and economic values; Reconciliation Commission set up; Colombo signs MOU with SCO
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  • Sri Lanka’s new External Affairs Minister Prof. Gamini Lakshman Peiris stated that the country’s foreign policy would its history, culture, social and economic values. He also encouraged foreign countries to explore unique business and other opportunities available in Sri Lanka.1

    A reconciliation commission has been set up in Sri Lanka with the aim to mitigate differences between majority and minority groups in the island country.2 After much delay, the second court martial of former Army Chief Gen. Sanath Fonseka took place on May 5, 2010.3

    President Rajapakse on May 3 pardoned J.S. Tissainayagam, a Sri Lankan journalist who was arrested on March 2008 on charges of inciting violence. Mr. Tissainayagam was awarded the Peter Mackler Award for Courageous and Ethical Journalism in absentia at the National Press Club in Washington in October 2009.4

    In other developments, Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Shanghai Cooperation Organisation as a dialogue partner. Issues of mutual concern like combating terrorism, economic cooperation and collaboration in science and technology among others have been identified.