SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA: President Mahinda Rajapaksa met and held bilateral talks with Uruguay President José Mujica in Bolivia today.
The President, who is in Santa Cruz in Bolivia to attend the Group of 77 + China Summit, explained the reality of Sri Lanka to President Mujica.
President Rajapaksa briefed the Uruguay President of the rapid development taking place in the country after 30 years of conflict, while also updating President Mujica on the resettlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the rehabilitation of approximately 12,000 ex-LTTE combatants. The President also pointed out that while Sri Lanka maintains a 7.5 percent economic growth nationally, Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, which was the central point of the conflict, maintains an economic growth of 22 percent.
President Rajapaksa explained Sri Lanka’s willingness and efforts for reconciliation through such measures as the setting up of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) and the Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons.
President Mujica expressed his gratitude to President Rajapaksa for apprising him of the real situation in Sri Lanka, saying that this enlightenment will be truly helpful when taking future decisions. He also understood the external influence towards Sri Lanka, saying, “Even my country is being subjected to external influence.”
Group of 77 + China, a coalition of developing countries founded in 1964, currently has 133 members. Sri Lanka was a part of the initial 77 countries that formed the coalition.