The ongoing 15th SAARC Summit would be
the turning point in its history, with the
declaration phase progressing to
implementation, spokesman for the 15th SAARC
summit Prasad Kariyawasam said.
“The Standing Committee constituting
SAARC Foreign Secretaries which met
yesterday continued discussions commenced by
the Programming committee on the key issues
of the Summit,” the spokesman said.
Among the key issues presently being
discussed by the SAARC Committees which
would finally pave the way to the Heads of
State Summit to be held on August 2 to 3,
are poverty alleviation, food security,
energy crisis, terrorism and climate change.
“Heads of State are also considering
requests by Australia and Myanmar for
Observer status. The decision as to the
collective measures to be adopted regarding
the issues will be taken by the Committee
today,” he added.
The Foreign Ministers meeting will begin
tomorrow and all SAARC foreign ministers are
due to arrive in the island today.
Meanwhile Export Development and
International Trade Minister Prof. G.L.
Peiris addressing the media at the end of
the first day’s deliberations of the SAARC
said that all eight SAARC nations have by
now realised that improving their respective
GDP is not adequate for poverty alleviation,
and that development must reach the
”We have also reached a consensus that
food production alone is not sufficient to
ensure food security, of which a vital
component is the existence of a proper
mechanism for food distribution.
In relation to all these issues,
including those of energy crisis and
terrorism, the collective experience of
SAARC nations as well as collective action
by them regarding modalities of dealing with
these problems are of importance,” he said.