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Listen than defend says Burt

2013 Nov 21

British Government MP and former Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt says it will be better for Sri Lanka if the government listens to what was being said by so many, rather than offer knee-jerk defensive responses.

In a blog post today, the MP said that the decision by Prime Minister David Cameron to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was difficult but right, and was vindicated by the media coverage of his visit to the north of Sri Lanka, the first foreign leader to so do since 1948.

However Burt says that was just the easy part. He says it will be harden for Britain, but even more important, to work with friends of Sri Lanka to demonstrate why a positive response from Sri Lanka, driving forward the recommendations of its own Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission and tackling accountability for the past, does not denigrate ending the appalling terrorism of the Tamil Tigers but lays the base for the only serious chance of reconciliation in the future.

“It would help if Sri Lanka and its representatives actually listened to what was being said by so many, rather than offer knee-jerk defensive responses,” he concluded. (Colombo Gazette)

 

http://colombogazette.com/2013/11/20/listen-than-defend-says-burt/

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