Written by Staff Writer
22 Sep, 2015 | 8:43 pm
Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in the country on the morning of Tuesday September 22.
The German Foreign Affairs Minister was welcomed at the Ministry on Tuesday morning for a discussion with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Mangala Samaraweera.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera said that Sri Lanka is now consolidating its democracy and is transitioning towards a rules-based policy and economy. Minister Samaraweera added that they are laying the groundwork for a new constitution, including a new electoral system based on what is popularly known in Sri Lanka as the German Model, resolving long-standing grievances of minority communities and embarking on wide-ranging economic reforms to create a social market economy with a genuinely level playing field
Germany’s Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed the following views:
“… There is no cookie cutter model, one side fits all model that could apply reconciliation. Coming to terms with the past is difficult. And it can be painful. But what we can say is that, elements come in to play. Such as the truth -seeking, re-compensation, justice and a guarantee of non-recurrence and I believe it is best to develop outlooks for the future, prospects for the future. Outlook for the younger generation. An outlook for the future that guarantees that a society does not fall back in to old models of conflict or conflicts that are related to the past….”
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