National Integration and Reconciliation Week – 8 – 14 January 2017
January 9, 2017
The Sri Lanka High Commission in Australia commemorated the National Integration and Reconciliation Week on Monday 9th January at the High Commission in Canberra.
The commemoration started with the hoisting of the National Flag followed by the singing of the National Anthem in Sinhala and Tamil. Thereafter the Oath of National Integration and Reconciliation was affirmed by the staff in all three languages.
Acting High Commissioner Himalee Arunatilaka briefly outlined the importance and the need of national integration and reconciliation in the country, in order to achieve social and economic advancement in the post conflict environment. She said diversity is the strength in a multi-cultural society like Sri Lanka, and we need to build a “Sri Lankan” identity if we are to develop as a country. Sri Lankans living overseas play an important and essential role in national reconciliation; that is why the High Commission attaches such importance to promoting unity and reconciliation among the Sri Lankan diaspora community in Australia.
Sri Lanka High Commission
9 January 2017