Despite efforts taken by Sri Lanka, the country still faces emerging challenges such as violent extremism, migration, refugees, inequality and climate change, Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said.
He expressed these views at the High Level Forum on the Follow up to the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace at UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday.
Minister Rajapakshe said the impact of these challenges transcends national borders and required multilateral action to solve.
“These challenges need to be addressed in an integrated and holistic manner with the comprehensive participation of all states as well as multi stakeholders including civil society, media and the private sector,” he said.
He said it was vital to recognize that the most efficient way to prevent conflict is to support and sustain a strong functional multilateral system, where engagement, compromise and mutual respect for each other are key components.
He told the forum that Sri Lanka asserts and re-affirms its commitment to building a culture of peace, and recognizes the need for continuous support to further strengthen this global commitment.
In conclusion, he said the effort of promoting peace requires stronger joint efforts by the international community through partnerships and multi stakeholder support, especially at a time when fear and fear mongering, radicalization, terrorism and violent extremism threaten our societies. (Lahiru Pothmulla)
De Mel Sunday, 9 September 2018 00:27
SL still faces violent extremism: Minister Rajapakshe of BBS
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ashroff Sunday, 9 September 2018 15:16
IT'S A SAD AFFAIR THAT HE HAS GOT A WRONG PORTFOLIO BECAUSE HE IS RACIALIST AND CORRUPT HE LIVES UNDER THE SHADE OF MEDAMULANA TO COVER UP THEIR SINS.
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Dhammika Sunday, 9 September 2018 08:31
And DEALdasa s as well ! .
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GH Sunday, 9 September 2018 08:57
His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa saved the nation from the LTTE terrorism in 2009, after the President Maithree took over the Beautiful Sri Lanka in 2015, created once again the same LTTE terrorism, appointing LTTE leader Sampanthan as Opposition leader, his comrade, C V Wigneshwaran, (LTTE) second in command, as chief Minister for Northern Province, whereby the country has been divided and the TAMIL EELAM installed.
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Lord Wolfstein Sunday, 9 September 2018 11:14
What are you talking about for an ill-considered nonsense? You are one of the people who sow racial hatred because you think your ethnic community is superior and owns Sri Lanka alone. You were only coincidentally born into this community. Do not forget that every Sinhalese has Tamil blood. The war was won only because Chandrika had already recaptured 75% of the occupied country and Ranil had persuaded "Colonel" Karuna to change sides. MR is in no way responsible for the victory He wanted to keep the status quo. He only agreed to finish the war after Gota and the generals had urged him to do so. Only with cruel human rights violations could the war be ended.
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Mandayan Sunday, 9 September 2018 14:08
It seems you still have some leftover bottles of arrack supplied at the MR’s recent get together at Lakehouse junction in Colombo.
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Empulz Sunday, 9 September 2018 08:59
This fellow is number one in the list of extremists
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Arnold Sunday, 9 September 2018 11:14
Economic problems causes most of the violent behavior.
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Jerome Sunday, 9 September 2018 12:44
Say no to racism and extremism no matter which part of the country it's originated.
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Tom Jones Sunday, 9 September 2018 16:30
The minority communities in Sri Lanka too must learn to integrate with the majority community and live peacefully without wanting halal and halal. And sharia laws the whole time. The Sinhalese, Muslims, tamils and christians are all peaceful citizens if not for 225 rogues and cheats who are ruining and running this country.
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