Govt. to host Diaspora festival

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was planning to host a festival of Diaspora by the end of the year in a bid to facilitate meaningful interactions between the government and the Diaspora communities to move forward reconciliation and development efforts.

MFA Spokesperson Mahishini Colonne addressing the weekly press briefing at the Ministry premises said the Ministry was also considering the possibility of making the festival an annual event in order to harness the tremendous capacity and goodwill of the Diaspora community for the development process of the country.

She noted that some members of the Diaspora was willing to return to Sri Lanka and among them were intellectuals, professionals and experts, who could contribute to the development of various sectors in the country – a fact that had been reiterated at the meeting held last week in London among members of various Tamil Diaspora groups, which was also attended by Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera.

Ms. Colonne pointed out this festival therefore, was organised in light of the lack of an official mediation platform for the Diaspora communities to engage with the government, although was recommended by the LLRC (lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission), that engagement with the Diaspora community was vital in ensuring long lasting peace in the country. (Lakna Paranamanna)
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  • Tissa Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:25 AM

    Be aware. We will end up as the new diaspora very soon.

    anura 1 Friday, 12 June 2015 02:57 PM

    what a silly idea. We who live in Australia know better than these foolish politically biased officials who had become boot lickers of yahapalana govt .as to how the tamil diaspora elements behave even during an international cricket match. Country is going down the drains ,thanks to Mangala, sirisena and Ranil combo.

    Lakshman illangakoon Friday, 12 June 2015 03:57 PM

    Great idea , long overdue really . Once the ice is brocken they can be of immense asset to the cointry. Human resourc is the only natural resource we have and our diaspora of all ethnic groups can bring wealth of experience and expertise for the development of the country Lakshman illangakoon

    Sikuru Wednesday, 10 June 2015 05:49 PM

    For the Mad MR supporters she is talking about the Sri Lankan Diaspora united Both Tamil and sinhala Diasporas so no hate pls

    Dee Wednesday, 10 June 2015 06:07 PM

    How about getting gotaimbara as a guest of honor? He can assist in screening. Ha ha ha

    Lali Wednesday, 10 June 2015 06:07 PM

    what a joke!

    Observer Wednesday, 10 June 2015 06:17 PM

    Very good move for the future. Now Moda Wansa will open his foolish mouth.

    Palle Wednesday, 10 June 2015 06:20 PM

    It seems like the new version of Sudu Neluma.

    Giabao Wednesday, 10 June 2015 06:20 PM

    please arrange the festival at galle face, so that they all can fly rainbow color kites.

    patriot Wednesday, 10 June 2015 06:35 PM

    End of the year, this government will be no more, no??? UNP will be out.

    kumar usa Wednesday, 10 June 2015 06:36 PM

    Yeah but dont forget who created this environment for this good "move"Also pls think hard and loud why wasnt this possible say 20 years ago!!

    Liberal One Wednesday, 10 June 2015 06:40 PM

    According to some Weerawanshe is modawanshe. But separatists like suren surendran are heroes to them I guess. who needs enemies when we have stupid citizens like this?

    JeffK Wednesday, 10 June 2015 06:42 PM

    You are just deceiving yourself. We all know who Mangy met this week. All were previous terror supporters.

    Mm Wednesday, 10 June 2015 06:51 PM

    Crouching tiger hidden dragon!

    appuhami Wednesday, 10 June 2015 07:02 PM

    inviting terror sponsor for a festival ! Lest we forget about the deaths they financed

    Coconut Republic Wednesday, 10 June 2015 07:03 PM

    Excellent initiatives. We need Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims and Burgers on the team. Srilanka will flourish and Will be on double fast track.

    Theva Thursday, 11 June 2015 01:48 PM

    Yes, build a statues of all prominent LTTE carders [without cyanide pill] and invite Jayalalitha to garland them, invitees could be disabled army carders from 30 years of war.

    suda Friday, 12 June 2015 12:45 PM

    As gedi walata hena gahilda sihalunnne.

    Iyar Thursday, 11 June 2015 02:22 PM

    They Left The Country For Good. Let them Take care of their New Country.............Let the People in Sri Lanka take care of them self..

    ssiva Thursday, 11 June 2015 06:07 AM

    A good start. The local professional associations should be encouraged to prepare the necessary professional update courses as well. An accountant returning after 10 years cannot be of any use there as he will not be up to date with current tax and legal knowledge.


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