Colombo: A South Korean envoy, who is visiting Sri Lanka, has said that the country has made tremendous progress since the end of the war five years ago.
During a meeting with President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (April 21) at Temple Trees, Special Envoy and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea Yu Myung-hwan said, “Sri Lanka has achieved a lot” since the war ended.
The integration of former LTTE soldiers and the very swift return of internally displaced persons were two examples Mr. Myung-hwan cited as the post-war progress that can be seen in the country, according to a statement from President’s Media Unit.
The Korean envoy has commended the government for conducting the first ever election to the Northern Provincial Council in a free and fair manner as well as establishing the Presidential Commission on Missing Persons.
During the meeting President Rajapaksa said he is waiting for the report of the Commission to consider what further action may be required.
The President also encouraged the visiting special envoy to visit the Northern Province to see the development.
The President noted that the government gave more preference to the North in development than to the South.
The Envoy has reiterated his government’s support to Sri Lanka and its commitment to maintain strong bilateral relations.
“We will do our best to help your government to develop,” he said.
Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs Mrs. Kshenuka Seneviratne was also present at the meeting.