UK Minister impressed with progress in North
Visiting UK Minister Alistair Burt went to the North of the country
on the first day of his visit to Sri Lanka, holding a range of meetings
and opening a youth project designed to facilitate countrywide
Minister Alistair Burt
Minister Alistair Burt is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Minister for South Asia and was in Sri Lanka on a two-day visit. Ahead
of this year's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, Burt was able
to see developments that have occurred in the region since his last
visit two years ago, and the work that remains to be done, following 30
years of conflict.
He was able to talk to people who had suffered the brutality of the
LTTE, which remains a banned organisation in the UK. During a visit to
the Keppapilavu relocation site, Burt saw the continuing challenges
faced daily by those who were displaced. He expressed his hope that they
would soon be able to return to their homes, or to other suitable areas.
The Sri Lanka Unites' reconciliation centre at Mulliayawelai was
funded by the British High Commission, Colombo. As Guest of Honour at
the opening of Sri Lanka Unites' reconciliation centre at Mulliayawelai,
the Minister saw how the UK is helping support sustainable peace in Sri
Speaking at the event, he said: "I have been pleased to see progress
in some areas since the end of the conflict. The destructive force of
war - tearing lives, families, societies and countries apart - is only
too evident in this part of the country. "It is great to see young Sri
Lankans leading efforts to heal wounds and to unite Sri Lankans of all
backgrounds in the task of reconciliation and recovery.
This Sri Lanka Unites' reconciliation centre, together with others
due to be established in other parts of the country, will help bridge
the divide between the North and the South.
Such centres will foster communication and understanding across the
island. "Sri Lanka Unites is helping to empower young people to build a
strong, stable, prosperous and united future.I am delighted to be able
to support their efforts."