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Feb 25

Advancing Reconciliation and Development in Sri Lanka

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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 TaylorWelcoming Remarks
Executive Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace

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

His Excellency Mangala Samaraweera
Foreign Minister, Government of Sri Lanka

Lisa CurtisModerator
Senior Fellow, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation

Walter LohmanClosing Remarks
Director, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation

Event will be held at:
U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20037

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