Written by Bella Dalima
28 Mar, 2014 | 5:02 pm
Senior civil servant, Bradman Weerakoon says that reconciliation is a difficult task involving the feelings and attitudes of the people towards one another.
He made these remarks at an event held in Colombo on Thursday, under the theme Preface to Reconciliation.
Senior civil servant, Bradman Weerakoon shared these thoughts:
“What are we trying to reconcile, what are we trying to bring together? You can imagine a precious vase, dropping on the ground and breaking, something that’s been put together and breaks, and then to put it back again, to put it together again is a very difficult task. In my view, I think these relationships between groups are at the heart of reconciliation. They are feelings and attitudes more than bricks and mortar. It’s more than buildings, more than roads and so on. It is the attitudes and feelings that arise in people’s minds.”
The event, Preface to Reconciliation organised by the Rights Now – Collective for Democracy organisation, was held at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies.
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