Written by Tharushan Fernando
10 Jun, 2015 | 6:52 pm
Jayantha Dhanapala, the President’s Senior Advisor on Foreign Relations, stated that a number of steps are being taken to heal the wounds of war under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena.
He made this statement at the closing ceremony of a five-day conference of Global Unites, a youth movement for conflict transformation, which was held in Colombo on Tuesday.
President’s Senior Advisor on Foreign Relations, Jayantha Dhanapala added that President Maithripala Sirisena is known to be strongly committed to the principles of reconciliation, development, good governance, and many other democratic values and it is seen in many ways – not only a bottom-up-approach with regard to conflict transformation but a top-down-approach.
He further added that a number of steps are being taken to heal the wounds of war, which ended six years ago, but which has taken a long time to heal. He further noted that under President Sirisena a number of reconciliation steps have been taken, which is helping to ensure that the march forward is as a United Nation.
High Commissioner of South Africa to Sri Lanka, Geoff Doidge shared his experience of growing up in an era of Apartheid oppression and added that he never chose to be born into a family that was going to be a victim of Apartheid, but that he had no choice.
He added that the choice that had to be made at a very young age was whether to submit to the oppression and brutality of Apartheid or whether to become the agent of change that his parents had brought him up to be.
He went on to note that it is difficult to be an agent of change and it means sacrifice. He said
It means that you have to take risks, it means that while others are enjoying themselves you have to confront the difficult issues that face the people you live with back home and these are choices that are in our ability and our means.
Youth from Sri Lanka and fifteen countries across the globe participated at the closing ceremony, of the inaugural summit.
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