Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Ambassador Ravinatha Aryasinha said the special ‘Declaration of Peace’ pledge made at this year’s Independence Day celebration in Sri Lanka was an important reminder of the concerted efforts being made in the country to seek reconciliation and to ensure that Sri Lanka does not repeat mistakes of the past.
He said the challenge before expatriate Sri Lankans, was to consider ways and means of making the ‘Declaration of Peace’ pledge a reality abroad in practical ways.
He particularly urged Sri Lanka related organizations abroad, to play a catalytic role in furthering the objectives of unity, amity and reconciliation contained in the ‘Declaration of Peace’ in all their work.
Aryasinha said that Sri Lanka ushers in Independence Day this year at a time when there has been a new government elected in Sri Lanka under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, which has committed to a new programme which focuses on good governance, sustainable economic development, peace and stability based on a compassionate society and adherence to a non-aligned foreign policy.
Aryasinha who drew particular attention to the special ‘Declaration of Peace’ pledge which was made in all three languages at the official 67th Independence Day ceremony at Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte, further said this was in line with a key recommendation of the 2011 Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) Report.
He said this pledge was an important reminder to all Sri Lankans living abroad, that back in Sri Lanka there is a concerted effort to seek reconciliation and to ensure that we do not repeat past mistakes.
Sri Lanka is looking at moving reconciliation efforts forward following 30 years of war between Tamil Tiger rebels and the military.
The Sri Lankan military defeated the rebels in May 2009 but continued to face allegations of failing to address human rights concerns.
President Maithripala Sirisena, who won the Presidential elections last month, has promised to establish a credible domestic mechanism to investigate the allegations.
But like the previous president Mahinda Rajapaksha current President has not implemented the current constitution of the country in full. The governments in Sri Lanka had repeatedly fooled the minority Tamils and the world leaders for the last 60 years promising to solve the minority problem with a acceptable political package but to date it has not done it.
The Tamil youth took arms as LTTE after the Tamil politicians failed to receive any political package by democratic methods through the parliament. more than 160,000 Tamils were killed by the Sri Lankan forces. The current government has not shown any positive sign of implementing the promised political package to date but wants to cover up the killing of more than 40,000 Tamil Civilians by its forces.