Sri Lanka should follow Mandela’s example – UK Deputy Prime Minister

Sri Lanka should follow Mandela’s example – UK Deputy Prime Minister

Written by Kumudu Jayawardana

11 Dec, 2013 | 2:49 pm

Speaking at the British Parliament, British Deputy Prime Minister, Nicholas Clegg said that Sri Lanka should follow the former South African President Nelson Mandela’s reconciliation process to bring peace and unity to its entire people.

This is his speech on Sri Lanka:

[quote]Recently, for example, the House debated the alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. Surely there could be no better way for that country to heal its wounds and bring peace and unity to all its people than to follow Mandela’s example and emulate South Africa’s truth and reconciliation process”[/quote]

“When Nelson Mandela took his first steps to freedom, he made no call for vengeance, only forgiveness. He understood that dismantling apartheid’s legacy was about more than just removing the most explicit signs of discrimination and segregation, and he recognised too that to build a brighter future South Africa must confront the darkness of its past. In doing so, Nelson Mandela laid down a blueprint that has made it possible for other divided communities, such as in Northern Ireland, to reject violence, overcome their differences and make a fresh beginning. That is why I hope, in communities where people are still struggling to replace violence and conflict with peace and stability, that the principles of forgiveness and reconciliation that Mandela embodied are followed by others too. Recently, for example, the House debated the alleged human rights abuses in Sri Lanka. Surely there could be no better way for that country to heal its wounds and bring peace and unity to all its people than to follow Mandela’s example and emulate South Africa’s truth and reconciliation process”

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