President as ICAPP Chair will send a clear message
The eighth General Assembly of the International Conference of Asian
Political Parties (ICAPP) in Colombo and the election of President
Mahinda Rajapaksa as its Chair will send a clear message to the
international community who oppose the Government’s internal
reconciliation, Deputy Minister of External Affairs Neomal Perera told a
media briefing on Thursday.
This is a landmark event because President Rajapaksa has been elected
as Chair of a second international body, followed by his election as
Chair of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November last
year, Perera said.
Delegates representing over 75 political parties from 33 countries in
the region attended the two-day conference under the theme, “Building an
Asian Community” and were afforded an opportunity to evaluate the true
ground situation relating to democratic governance and human rights, at
a time when the focus of the international community is on us over such
issues, he said.
The conference in Colombo is also important because countries in the
Asian region, with their unique historical and cultural backgrounds are
also becoming economically stronger, the Deputy Minister said.
Deputy Speaker Chandima Weerakkoody also addressed the media