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Lord Naseby of UK Meets Jaffna Commander

[2012-04-04 16:48:10]

Rt. Hon. Michael Morris, the Lord Naseby – PC, Barron of Sandy and co – chair of the all party parliamentary group on Sri Lanka in the UK parliament who was on a brief visit to Jaffna called on the Commander Security forces Jaffna (SF-J) Major General Mahinda Hathurusinghe on Tuesday (03) at Palaly.

In the wake of various detrimental interpretations being tabled in the West against Sri Lanka, Lord Naseby arrived in Jaffna to see the real situation in the North as a special envoy of the UK parliament.

During the meeting at the Headquarters SF-J, Maj. Gen. Hathurusinghe briefed him on accelerated development projects in effect in post-conflict Jaffna and Army’s involvement in those government-augmented massive development projects. Lord Naseby and the retinue were impressed about livelihood programmes initiated by the Army for reintegrated ex-LTTE combatants at different parts of the peninsula and healthy relationship being maintained between the Army and civil society during reconciliation process.

He appreciated Army’s welfare programmes aimed at improving educational, cultural, economical and social standard of Jaffna community. Lord Naseby, Lady Naseby and other officials in the delegation met Bishop of Jaffna Most Rev. Fr. Dr. Thomas Savundaranayagam, Governor Northern Province Major General (Retd) G.A.Chandrasiri and Government Agent Jaffna Mrs. Emelda Sukuar.
The Lord Naseby has been a friend of Sri Lanka over 45 years. Prior to entering active politics on late 1960s, he was serving as the head of a British private company in Sri Lanka.

First elected to the UK House of Commons as in 1966, Lord Naseby held key appointments and ministerial portfolios in the UK Parliament until he retired from active politics in 1997.

He was the founder of the Sri Lanka friendship group in the UK Parliament referred to as the all party parliamentary group on Sri Lanka and has been functioning as its chairmen since its establishment in 1984. He was instrumental in executing key infrastructure projects for Sri Lanka including the Victoria dam project during the conservative Party governments of Prime Minister Thatcher and John Major.

In 2004 he was conferred the national honorary title of “Sri Lanka Rathna” by the President of Sri Lanka for his distinguished services to our country.

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