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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2706

External Affairs Ministry Statement on the Meeting at CSR on 4th August

Colombo, 07 August, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Ministry has urged the diplomatic community to be more conscious of local sensitivities when attending events of an emotive nature.

Recently diplomats from the embassies of France, Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland seems to have participated in a get-together on the theme “Sharing and listening session with families of the disappeared” organized by Families of the Disappeared in the Centre for Society and Religion on the 4th of August 2014.
Subsequently the embassies of France, Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland and also the embassy of America has issued statements jointly and alone condemning the disruption alleged to be by an organized group including monks of the get-together.

The Embassies further stated, As was noted in the statement by the U.S. Embassy yesterday, the organized group made forced entry into the room where the discussions were taking place, shouting violently.

In a statement released by External Affairs Ministry states that, The attention of the External Affairs Ministry has been drawn to an incident that occurred at the Centre for Society and Religion in Colombo on 4th August. According to reports, a meeting had been organized by the NGO “Right to Life Human Rights Centre” involving families of disappeared persons from the North. However, another NGO, “Parents’ Collective of Disappeared Persons”, had sought access to the meeting, demanding that their grievances be heard too.
The statement further said:

An ensuing argument had led to a tense situation which had subsequently been brought under control by law enforcement authorities. Several diplomatic representatives from western Missions based in Colombo had also been present at the event.

While recognizing the fundamental right to freedom of assembly and expression, the Ministry wishes to point out that that, once again, a certain section of the diplomatic corps appears to be involved in a manner lacking in objectivity, in events organized for a particular region and community.

This has led to the emergence of a pattern of such potentially volatile situations giving rise to the perpetuation of mistrust amongst communities at a sensitive juncture in the country’s history.

The Ministry wishes to urge the diplomatic community to be more conscious of local sensitivities when attending events of an emotive nature.

- Asian Tribune -

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