Oct 25, Colombo: A Sri Lankan government minister says the country could learn lessons on reconciliation from South Africa.
External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris addressing the South Africa - Sri Lanka Joint Dialogue on Post Conflict Reconciliation Friday said that South Africa was successful in its transition from apartheid and that Sri Lanka too could learn lessons from South Africa.
Explaining that a country could copy what has been done in another country and apply it in a manner suitable to the country, the Minister noted that Sri Lanka could use these lessons and apply them for future policies and practices.
Prof. Peiris said the Sri Lankan government is engaged in post war reconciliation and has initiated several measures on the matter.
The two-day Dialogue was jointly organized by the High Commission of South Africa in Sri Lanka, the In Transformation Initiative (ITI) and Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relation and Strategic Studies.
Secretary Defence and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa was Chief Guest at the two day conference which began today (25th October) at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relation and Strategic Studies in Colombo.
Minister Peiris and South African High Commissioner in Colombo HEQGM Doidge made their introductory remarks during the morning Session.
It is the first such joint seminar to be held between Sri Lanka and South Africa and there will be a series of closed door discussions on a sustainable reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
A number of eminent guest speakers from South Africa participate in the conference and they will share their experiences with the Sri Lankan participants on the topics of politics, amnesty, history, role and purpose of the truth and reconciliation commission and the meaning of reconciliation.
Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Harsha Abeywickrema, high ranking military officials and a large number of foreign and local dignitaries were present at the occasion.