Diaspora Festival for all Sri Lankans - Foreign Ministry

by Zacki Jabbar

The Diaspora Festival that had been planned for the end of this year in Sri Lanka was not specific to any community but a national event, the Foreign Ministry said.

Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry Mahishini Colonne said that by diaspora it was meant Sri Lankans of all communities domiciled abroad and not just Tamils.

She noted that the festival was aimed at forging national reconciliation in the post war era in keeping with the recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) which had been established by the previous government.

In the true spirit of reconciliation it was envisaged to make the festival an annual event in which Sri Lankans living aborad could return to the land of their birth at least once a year to renew old friendships and celebrate as one nation, she added.

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