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* Sri Lanka committed to chart own path for sustainable reconciliation, envoy tells UN
Fri, Feb 14, 2020, 08:53 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka is committed to promote a peaceful, just and reconciled society and will find its own solutions based on own experiences and the country’s constitution for a sustainable reconciliation, the island nation’s envoy to the UN told the intergovernmental organization.

“Sri Lanka is committed, to find innovative and pragmatic solutions driven by the domestic context to protect the country’s national interest guided by the provisions of the Constitution, and the will of the citizens expressed through democratic means,” the envoy said.

Making a statement at the UN Security Council Open Debate on ‘Peacebuilding and sustaining peace: Transitional justice in conflict and post-conflict situations’ on Thursday, Kshenuka Senewiratne, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the UN in New York said promoting a peaceful, just and reconciled society is not only an objective in itself, but also a pre-requisite for a sustainable and inclusive approach to development that leaves no one behind.

“As a sovereign State, Sri Lanka will continue to establish its own priorities towards this end. In our experience, while certain lessons can be learnt from others, it is imperative to chart our own path to reconciliation in order for it to be sustainable,” the envoy said.

The Ambassador stressing that the Sri Lankan security forces during the conflict took action against a group designated as a terrorist organization by many countries and not against a particular community, said the measures for transitional justice need to be taken considering the sentiments of the people and ground realities and not according to the timelines set by external parties.

“It is therefore appropriate that when seeking mechanisms of transitional justice, related simple theories would need to take cognizance of the various historical, cultural and religious sensitivities. Further, timelines evolved externally in achieving stated objectives would only seek to hinder the process of reconciliation since they would be bereft of ground realities.”

The Sri Lankan envoy asserted that in this context, Sri Lanka looks forward to continue its cooperation with the international community through capacity building and technical assistance in mutually agreed areas, in keeping with domestic priorities and policies.

 

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