Feb 24, Colombo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has called on the countries to cooperate on illegal migrants as they create health, social, economic and political issues for a country.
"Similar to the way each country take decisions in national levels on the illegal migrants, they should act internationally with other countries regarding this matter," the President said at the concluding ceremony of the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health in Colombo Thursday.
Speaking at the launch of the "Colombo statement on Migrant Health" President Sirisena said the "Legal migrant is a blessing for a country. But illegal migrants create health, social, economic and political issues for a country."
"That is why the UN, WHO and many other organizations give priority to the issue of illegal migrants. At the annual UN summit and every discussions held related to the health issues of refugees and migrants, I personally paid attention on what to be done to solve this problem nationally and internationally," he further said.
The President expressed confidence about the commitment of all member countries to achieve the objectives of the Colombo Statement.
The 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health, jointly organized by the Government of Sri Lanka, International Organization of Migration (IOM) and World Health Organization (WHO) was held from 21-23 February in Colombo. More than 90 participants from 19 countries attended the meeting.
The global consultation held to reset the agenda on migrant health based on the current trends of global migration issued the "Colombo Statement," calling for action on migrant health. This will be shared at the World Health Assembly in May 2017, as 194 countries deliberate on a resolution to protect migrants' health.
Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Secretary to the Ministry Anura Jayawickrema, the Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia Region Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh and the Regional director of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) South - East Asia Region were among those participated in this occasion.