Prince Charles said that Sri Lanka had confronted great adversity in recent years.“I am especially pleased to be back among the people of Sri Lanka who, in recent years, have confronted great adversity,” the Prince said.
“We hope and trust the Commonwealth brings healing to our troubles” he said speaking at the opening ceremony of the a Commonwealth summit on behalf of the Queen, in Colombo this morning.
“At the personal request of The Queen, I am delighted to be addressing you this morning on behalf of the Head of the Commonwealth.
‘Her Majesty's deep affection for the Commonwealth, and the special importance she has attached to it throughout her reign, are well known to you all. And if I may say so, those very sentiments have been an ever-present cornerstone in my own life also. It is therefore my particular privilege and pleasure to be representing The Queen at this, the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
‘I am especially pleased to be back among the people of Sri Lanka who, in recent years, have confronted great adversity. My last visit here, in 2005, came just weeks after the devastating tsunami had struck these shores. I visited communities affected by the disaster and met many of the relief workers who were doing so much to help rebuild broken lives and livelihoods.
‘I recall my admiration for the fortitude shown by them all at that time and commend the progress that has been made since in healing those dreadful scars.’
He said that in the early days of the Commonwealth, India's Prime Minister Nehru declared that the body ‘seemed capable of bringing a touch of healing' to the management of contemporary world problems.
‘More than 60 years later, we should not need to be reminded of the many troubles that beset our world, some of them previously little understood, nor should we underestimate the importance and responsibility of the Commonwealth's role in addressing them,’ he said.
He said the Commonwealth Charter, signed earlier this year, which enshrines human rights in the values of member states, was designed to ‘light the path of all those involved in the work of the Commonwealth.’
He added: ‘At this CHOGM, and guided by that spirit, the Commonwealth is being charged to confront the many issues affecting the security and well-being of its nations and peoples.
‘The Queen wishes you well in these vitally important deliberations.’
He concluded: ‘Ladies and gentlemen, each one of us is here because of the hope and the trust we place in the Commonwealth to bring that “touch of healing” to our troubles and deliver the very best future for our people.’
Comments - 2
Kwan Friday, 15 November 2013 01:37 PM
Well said your Royal Highness. You your highness has much better brains than the the so called David. Its a shame you are not yet the King.
Punny Pellow Sunday, 17 November 2013 03:14 AM
If he had the so called brains he would have been King by now!!
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