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EU to offer Eur 8.5 mn to Sri Lanka

The European Commission (EC) has allocated 8.5 million euros to support Sri Lanka to prevent extremism, build community resilience and promote peace and tolerance.

Issuing a press release yesterday (14), the EC said that it decided to allocate the money following the meeting of EC High Representative Federica Mogherini with Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana.

‘The €8.5 million Commission support will follow a three-pronged approach: It will support Sri Lankan policymakers, competent authorities and the security and judicial branches in their mission to prevent and respond to terrorist threats and attacks in a human rights compliant manner; it will focus on the prevention of violent extremism and will support relevant local stakeholders to develop and disseminate positive awareness-raising campaigns,’ the statement said.

The statement further said that preventing and responding to terrorist attacks such as the Easter Sunday attack is an additional challenge for Sri Lanka in transitioning to durable peace after many years of conflict.

‘It will contribute to the last stages of mine clearance in the three northern districts of Sri Lanka, and focus on peacebuilding to reinforce national cohesion and reconciliation,’ the statement added.

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