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Sri Lanka now wants patience

2014 Feb 08

After calling for “time and space”, the Sri Lankan Government is now urging the international community to exercise patience with Sri Lanka on the post war issue.

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to France, Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte says Sri Lanka is a country that not only grappled with terrorism and its effects but also overcame it through resilience and determination.

A former member of the Lessons Learned and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), Hangawatte said that the LLRC made hundreds of recommendations and these are being implemented on a step-by-step process.

“May I allude to the much noted and often quoted expression that ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ We look to our friends across the world to comprehend the magnitude of the task at hand, understand what has been accomplished so far and exercise patience with a country that not only grappled- with terrorism and its effects but also overcame it through resilience and determination,” he said at a Sri Lankan Independence Day ceremony held in Paris.

Jean Marin Schuh, Deputy Director of the Asia and Oceania Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France also attended the event.

Ambassador Hangawatte noted that Sri Lanka has striven to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society those who took up arms against the State and its people instead of opting for vindictive and punitive measures.

He said that many of these former combatants are provided with secondary and tertiary educational opportunities, job skills and vocational training. They are also provided with job opportunities in the private and public sector including the military and the police.

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