Written by Staff Writer
10 Nov, 2013 | 2:21 pm
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The CHOGM week began today with the Commonwealth Youth Forum that commenced on Sunday morning at the Hambantota Magam-Ruhunupura Convention Centre.
Addressing the forum, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the theme of this forum Inclusive development; stronger together is very appropriate, as it signifies that, united we could achieve almost any goal.
The President further stated,
“We are more than happy to host the Ninth Commonwealth Youth Forum here in Sri Lanka here in this emerging and picturesque city of Hambantota. As you are aware, terrorism that plagued our country for nearly three decades dealt the biggest blow to our youth. Take the case of a child soldier or a youth recruited by the terrorists. Those children and youth lost the opportunity of enjoying the beauty of childhood, or in the case of a youth – experiencing the transition to adulthood. Our youth have therefore been deprived of many valuable opportunities during this long period. Those children and youth forcibly recruited by the terrorists and surrendered, after rehabilitation, were speedily freed to the society. I strongly believe the society would help further refine them and bring them back to the mainstream as time goes on.”
“To get our youth engaged in a dynamic forum dedicated to their cause is a need of the hour for a country like Sri Lanka. The Commonwealth Youth Forum has done well in bringing the youth of the world to our shores. That this forum takes place when we witness peace and unprecedented development in our country, makes it all the more significant.”
Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Kamalesh Sharma and Minister of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, Dullus Alahapperuma also addressed the forum.
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