Written by Tharushan Fernando
12 Jan, 2017 | 8:33 pm
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera outlined the reconciliation efforts brought in by President Maithripala Sirisena following the end of the 30 year long conflict in the country.
Delivering a special address at the Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London yesterday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs emphasised on the key challenges facing the government and how the country is moving forward in its endeavour to create a peaceful, unified, stable and prosperous country
In his address, titled The Reconciliation Process in Sri Lanka , Minister Samarawera said that the Consultation Task Force set up to seek the views of the public has just handed over its report to the government on January 3, the relevant experts of government
The Secretariat that has been set up to coordinate the Reconciliation Mechanisms will be studying the report and then finalising the designing of a Truth-Seeking Commission and a Reparations Office.
While noting that there are divergent views even within the government in respect of the participation of foreign judges in the proposed judicial mechanism, Minister Mangala Samaraweera says, despite the divergence of opinions there is a clear consensus across the board on the need of an independent and credible domestic mechanism as promised by the manifesto of President Maithripala Sirisena.
He goes on to say that, as a democratic and sovereign government, it intends on working out the architecture of such a mechanism in consultation with all the stake-holders.
Speaking further, Samaraweera said that the President’s party, the SLFP, and the JVP have asked for time to present their respective final proposals, adding that the Interim Report therefore is expected to be tabled in the Constitutional Assembly in early February, for debate.
Drawing his attention on the statement issued by the European Commission yesterday on granting the GSP+ concession to Sri Lanka, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said that this is yet another indicator of Sri Lanka moving along the right track and lashed out at the opposition raised calling them “cynics” and that there will be no U-Turn despite some detours from time to time.
Minister Mangala Samaraweera went on to say that the government will break away from the past and will confine those who spin webs from the threads of ignorance to the dust-bin of history – finally put prejudice, ignorance, mediocrity and opportunism behind us once and for all, and build a truly united, democratic, multi-cultural and prosperous Sri Lanka where peace, justice, equality, dignity and freedom for all, prevail.
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