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Advancing Reconciliation and Development in Sri Lanka

  • U.S. Institute of Peace 2301 Constitution Ave. NW Washington , DC (map)

Six years after the end of the conflict in Sri Lanka, the country’s new president set out to address longstanding challenges of reconciliation, accountability and political grievance built up during decades of the country’s violent internal conflicts. Please join Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera at the U.S. Institute of Peace on Feb. 25 for a discussion, co-sponsored by the Heritage Foundation, of how the initiatives to advance reconciliation, post-conflict development and stronger democratic institutions are progressing.

Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Department of State

The conflict in Sri Lanka, which raged for over two decades, came to an end in May 2009 with the defeat of the insurgent Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. In January 2015, President Maithripala Sirisena, in a democratic election, unseated the administration that oversaw the war’s end in a surprise victory, promising to move the country toward reconciliation and sustainable development.

Samaraweera told the U.N. Human Rights Council in September 2015 that the government fully recognizes that “the process of reconciliation involves addressing the broad areas of truth-seeking, justice, reparations and non-recurrence.” The Foreign Minister will offer an update on the progress toward sustainable peace in Sri Lanka, including plans for economic development. The remarks will be followed by a moderated discussion and a question-and-answer period with the audience.

Ambassador Bill Taylor, Welcoming Remarks
Executive Vice President, USIP

Nisha Biswal, Introductory Remarks
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs

His Excellency Mangala Samaraweera, Remarks
Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka

Lisa Curtis, Moderator
Senior Fellow, Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundation

Walter Lohman, Closing Remarks
Director, Asian Studies Center, Heritage Foundatio