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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 06.31 GMT
SL participated at Special Ministerial Conference on Irregular Movement of Persons


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia organized a Special Ministerial Conference on Irregular Movement of Persons from 19th to 20th August 2013 in Jakarta and Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem represented Sri Lanka at this Conference.

The Conference was attended by Ministers and high officials of thirteen countries including Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand, as well as two international organizations, IOM and UNHCR and they have resoluted to coordinate joint actions which focus on four aspects: prevention, early detection, protection and prosecution, in relation to irregular movement of persons.

During the Ministerial discussion Session, all Heads of Delegations remarked the actions taken by their respective governments in those four aspects, of the persons engaged in people smuggling and related transnational crimes.

During the deliberations, Minister Hakeem remarked that Sri Lanka is a key stakeholder in fight against irregular movement of persons in the region, where Sri Lanka has signed repatriation arrangements with the European Union and also with a number of other countries.

At the conclusion of the Special Conference, all Heads of delegations unanimously approved the “Jakarta Declaration on Addressing Irregular Movements of Persons”. In the declaration, participants of the special conference assessed the numerous problems and challenges caused by human trafficking and have acknowledged the importance of collaboration and well coordinated efforts of all stake holders to address the problem of people smuggling and related transnational crimes.

On the sideline of the Ministerial Conference, Minister Hakeem also had a bilateral meeting with Australian Foreign Minister, Bob Carr where they shared views on further strengthening cooperation between two countries to mitigate the issue of people smuggling. He also took the opportunity to explain the Australian Minister about the progress in implementation of the national reconciliation process and bringing the normalcy and democracy to the Northern and Eastern provinces.






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