Written by Staff Writer
20 Jul, 2016 | 8:00 pm
Issuing a media release, the Colombo Chapter of the Alumni Association of the University of Jaffna has called for reconciliation and harmony in the wake of the recent conflict which occurred at the Jaffna University.
The media release was jointly signed by President of the Colombo Chapter Kingsley Bernard, Secretary M.B. Dassanayake and Treasurer G.M.K Bandara.
Issuing a press release, the Association says that “except for a period following the very unfortunate incidents which occurred in the past, which resulted in a temporary but unavoidable seizing of full functionality, the university which was inaugurated in 1974, has remained a fertile ground for proven and fruitful initiatives in national reconciliation.”
The release goes on to say that even in the face of attempts, mainly by outside parties, to blow things out of proportion, the truth was that no major incident occurred.
The Association says that for a community so diverse, it was indeed an admirable achievement.
It is in this backdrop, the Alumni Association says it is saddened on hearing of the recent events occurring within the campus resulting in its temporary closure, as it appears to be a case of irresponsible behaviour or misunderstanding on the part of one or more sections of the student community.
The Colombo Chapter of the Alumni Association of the University of Jaffna says that the need of the hour is reconciliation and harmony among all people who belong to this island and this university, where all communities should continue to be a role model to be emulated by others.
The Association appeals to all parties who are in any way involved, to act responsibly, honour and respect each other’s beliefs, develop tolerance and appreciation for the cultural heritage of the different communities and learn to co-exist in peace and harmony.
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