President Holds Bilateral Discussions with the President of Equatorial Guinea

By June 17, 2014Bolivia, Foreign Relations
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SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA: President Mahinda Rajapaksa, attending the Golden Jubilee of the G77+China Summit in Bolivia, held bilateral discussions with the President of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on Sunday (June 15). The discussion took place at the Expo Cruz Export Center in Santa Cruz.

President Rajapaksa explained the activities carried out by the LTTE terrorists who engaged in a separatist war for nearly thirty years assassinating political leaders, civilians and officials, and destroying public property.

The Government’s attempts for peace negotiations were also pointed out.

“Delegates of the Government went to Geneva and Oslo for peace negotiations,” the President said. “However, the terrorists were not willing to give up separatism. Thus, the government was able to defeat the terrorism through a military strategy.”

The development work and the reconciliation process carried out by the Government following the end of the conflict were also discussed.

“We have resettled internally displaced persons.” President Rajapaksa explained. “We rehabilitated and reintegrated around 12,000 ex-combatants. All the child soldiers have been handed over to their parents.”

The President further added that the Government has set up commissions including the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission and the Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons to achieve national reconciliation.

Attention was also drawn during this discussion to enhancing the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Equatorial Guinea in the fields of economy, trade, investment and tourism.