Why can't SL make a self criticism? ; President

2016-02-17 09:20:30

Visiting President Maithripala Sirisena paid a visit yesterday to the ‘Foundation Monument for the Murdered Jews in Europe at Cora Berliner Strasse 1 and viewed photographs and paintings that vividly depicted the horrors of WW2.

President Sirisena, who was visibly moved after viewing the pictures taken at concentration camps, at Nazi factories and at Auschwitz, asked journalists why Sri Lanka couldn't look back and make a self-criticism in order to forgive and forget.

The monument that commemorates the murder of more than 6 million Jews by Nazi German Leader Adolf Hitler is a popular tourist attraction in the centre of Berlin. It is visited by thousands of tourists every day, and they go through the literature and photographs that show what kind of terror tactics the SS used to exterminate the Jewish population in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. One picture shows a fleet of heavy tractors dumping thousands of emaciated, nude corpses of Jews into a huge pit.

Meanwhile, Vocational Training and Skills Development Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, who is a member of the tour party, told Daily Mirror that President Sirisena’s state visit had all the necessary ingredients to make it an extremely successful investment and business promotion tour, as German -- Sri Lankan relations are at their zenith today.

Sri Lanka could use this visit to encourage German investors to make use of the attractive opportunities in Sri Lanka to invest in industries and use Sri Lanka as an export hub -- to export the products to South Asia in general, and to the huge Indian market in particular, he said.

‘In the educational sphere, Germany could increase the intake of Sri Lankan students seeking higher studies. The German Stiftungs Foundation could strengthen assistance to Sri Lanka in the varied development segments. The GTZ has been conducting new livelihood projects to help low income groups in society. Small and medium enterprises and industrial projects could also be assisted. The German government could look afresh at the links forged over the years to enhance the bilateral relations that have existed for more than 64 years, Mr. Samarasinghe said.

Sri Lanka looks to Germany as a progressive partner. The Germans were not invaders or colonisers; they were intellectuals and financiers. Germany is more relevant today politically for Sri Lanka as Chancellor Angela Merkel heads a grand coalition government comprising the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and sister parties the Christian Social Union and the Social Democratic Party (SPD). This is similar to Sri Lanka’s consensual government, Mr. Samarasinghe said. (Sandun A Jayasekera in Germany)

  Comments - 8

  • Cicero Wednesday, 17 February 2016 11:48

    Germany also uses a mixed system of Parliamentary elections, similar to New Zealand!

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    Patriot (TM) Wednesday, 17 February 2016 12:15

    Did they "forgive and forget"?

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    Ruxaan Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:15

    Nobody can forgive and forget. But one can remember and forgive.

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    ahmedlk Wednesday, 17 February 2016 12:33

    A positive thought.

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    Strategist Wednesday, 17 February 2016 13:36

    Did he visit Volkswagen HQ to invite them again to SL?

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    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 17 February 2016 13:49

    We are very far from that level of logic thinking. Example, would you see the orderliness, sincerity and manner a German goes about his work, that is what a country needs to be proud. We talk too much about history and our kings and ethnicity and a 2500 year evolution, but in the end we are just a group of humbugs who will jabber anything to cover up our misdeeds.

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    Boonda Wednesday, 17 February 2016 15:32

    Well, Our president first allow the screening of C4 videos for the nation to see why and how it moved the viewers outside SL. That would be a first bold step in terms of reconciliation.

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    NAF Wednesday, 17 February 2016 16:16

    Middle class and poor suffer MS have Gala Trips

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