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IFIMES presented a high award to Sri Lanka Foreign Minister

IFIMES presented a high award to Sri Lanka Foreign Minister
IFIMES presented a high award to Sri Lanka Foreign Minister
The International Institute
for Middle-East and Balkan Studies (IFIMES) presented a high award
for “special contribution to stability and peace in the Region” to Prof.Gamini Laksman Peiris,Minister of External Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic
of Sri Lanka.
The awards was presented by
the member of the IFIMES Advisory Board and former President of the
Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia Prof. Dr. Ernest Petrič. Dr. Petrič stressed Minister Peiris’s contribution to the
academic community and diplomacy, his role in the peace process in Sri Lanka
and his efforts to establish stability and peace in the region. As a reputable
lawyer and professor he has contributed to strengthening the rule of law in his
country, and as a statesman and diplomat he has contributed to cooperation in
the region and beyond. The IFIMES  International Institute especially
stressed Minister Peiris’s role in ending the almost 30-year-long armed
conflict and his contribution to the development of Sri Lanka into a successful
and equitable multiethnic, multicultural, multireligious and multilingual
country.

At the award ceremony a
speech was delivered by the Director of the IFIMES Institute Zijad Bećirović. A letter was also read from the President of the IFIMES Advisory
Board and former Foreign Minister of the Socialist Federative Republic of
Yugoslavia Budimir
Lončar
 who among other stressed that Minister
Peiris’s selfless dedication has clearly shown that it is possible to overcome
the differences and reach agreement even on the most difficult issues if we are
ready to overcome the differences in our position and life.
Minister Peiris thanked for
the award and delivered an extensive speech in which he presented the role Sri
Lanka plays in regional and international relations, stressing that his country
will continue its active role in promoting co-operation in the region as well
as reconciliation and coexistence in Sri Lanka and the international community.
Besides the Institute’s
management the ceremony was attended by numerous personalities from the
political, business and public life from Slovenia and the region, including
theSpeaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia Dr. Milan Brglez.

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