To start page
  • Use of cookies
  • Archive
  • Sitemap
  • Contact
  • Print
  • Print
  • Change text size
Norsk

Bilateral agreements

Document-ID : 2000-03-06
Entry info force : 06.03.2000
Documentdate : 06.03.2000

Avtale mellom Norge og Sri Lanka om retur av srilankiske borgere som er nektet opphold i Norge (engelsk)

Note datert 6. mars 2000 fra Sri Lankas ambassade i Stockholm til Utenriksdepartementet:

       Mr Minister, 
       I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of Your Excellency's letter of 21 February 2000 which reads as follows:

       « Madam, 
       I have the honour to refer to the discussions held by representatives of our two Governments concerning the Arrangement between the Government of the Kingdom of Norway and the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka relating to the repatriation of Sri Lankan nationals, who do not or do no longer have the right of residence in Norway.

       In light of the understandings reached in those discussions I have the honour to propose on behalf of the Government of Norway, the following to regulate the repatriation of Sri Lankan nationals, who do not or do no longer have the right of residence in Norway.

1. Both parties accept that Sri Lankan nationals who do not or no longer have the right of residence in Norway will return in conditions of safety and dignity.
2. Both parties accept that the repatriation referred to in paragraph 1, will be carried out in a phased manner and in any event not exceed 350 persons for the first year. Both parties will review this number after the lapse of one year from the date of exchange of these letters. Sri Lankan citizens returning home on their valid original Passports issued by the Competent Sri Lankan authorities will not be counted within this number.
3. The Government of Sri Lanka will accept persons whom the Norwegian authorities decide to return subject to the availability of acceptable proof that such persons are in fact citizens of Sri Lanka. The Norwegian authorities shall ensure that the attached questionnaire will be completed to the fullest extent possible in respect of each returnee, including returnees who refuse to cooperate in this process. In respect of such returnees whose Sri Lankan nationality is established, the Sri Lankan authorities will issue valid travel documents prior to their departure such as a passport or other document of identity as may be determined by the Competent Sri Lankan Authorities.
4. Both parties will consult each other whenever there are compelling circumstances which make it necessary to consider further measures in the implementation of this arrangement.
5. Upon the conclusion of the exchange of letters between the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Ambassador of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the Competent Authorities of the two countries will mutually work out the necessary practical modalities within the framework of this arrangement for its implementation.

      
       If this proposal is acceptable to the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, I have the further honour to suggest that this letter and Your Excellency's letter in reply shall constitute an Arrangement between our two Governments which shall enter into force on the date of Your Excellency's letter in reply.

       After a period of two years both parties will consider the further extension of this arrangement.

       I avail myself of this opportunity to renew to you. Madam, the assurances of my highest consideration. »

       Acting upon the instructions from my Government, I have the honour to confirm that the contents of Your Excellency's letter dated 21 February 2000 are acceptable to the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and that Your Excellency's letter and this letter in reply shall constitute an Arrangement between the two Governments, which shall enter into force with immediate effect.

       I avail myself of this opportunity to renew to you, Mr Minister, the assurances of my highest consideration.

Norwegian Directorate
of Immigration
Utlendingsdirektoratet
P.O. box 2098 Vika
NO-0125 Oslo
Norway

Editor in Chief: Stephan Mo