Implementing LLRC recommendations:
New Zealand hails Lanka’s progress in reconciliation
WELLINGTON, Oct. 25 - New Zealand has commended Sri Lanka’s
performance after terrorism was eradicated and added that the country
has made significant progress in reconciliation.
Divisional Manager (South and South East Asia) of New Zealand’s
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Stephen Harris told a team of
visiting Sri Lanka media heads here that Sri Lanka has made praiseworthy
progress in national reconciliation since the dawn of peace by
implementing the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and
Reconciliation Commission (LLRC). “We are pleased with Sri Lanka’s
progress after the dawn of peace, especially the conduct of elections in
the North and national reconciliation,” he said.
He commended Sri Lanka for having successfully hosted the
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Colombo last year,
pledging New Zealand’s support to Sri Lanka in its forward march.
Harris said that New Zealand is funding three new projects at a cost
of over six million New Zealand dollars. “New Zealand has maintained
long-standing bilateral relations with Sri Lanka as members of the
At present, we are funding three new projects in Sri Lanka, including
a project with the Ministry of Livestock Development in the dairy sector
at a cost of NZD 2.2 million. Around 1,500 farmers are being trained
under the project,” he said.
The top New Zealand Foreign Ministry official in charge of the South
and South East Asian region said that New Zealand is pumping NZD 1.5 to
2.2 million for a joint venture between the University of Peradeniya and
University of Massey for postgraduate studies in veterinary science.
Massey University is one of New Zealand’s leading educational
institutions - a state-funded university, with a 70-year proud tradition
of academic excellence and a strong national and international
A similar sum has been allocated for dairy excellence project
including a nutrition project for cows to increase productivity. Harris
thanked Sri Lanka for agreeing to donate two elephants to the Auckland
Zoo after one of its two elephants had died a few years ago.
“Sri Lanka has also agreed to gift two elephants and the first
elephant named Anjalee is due to arrive at the Auckland Zoo by February
next year, in time for the World Cup,” Harris said, referring to New
Zealand’s plans to co-host the next 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup with
Australia. “Our Prime Minister John Key is very keen to have those two
animals at the Auckland zoo soon,” said Harris adding that steps would
be taken to reduce the trade balance. Sri Lanka’s main exports to New
Zealand have been tea and spices.