UK pledges £10m for Sri Lanka rule of law, peacebuilding

ECONOMYNEXT – The United Kingdom has pledged 10 million pounds to promote peacebuilding and dialogue, support resettlement and livelihoods for displaced communities and the rule of law in Sri Lanka.

The pledge was made during a visit by Minister of State for the Commonwealth, UN and South Asia and Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon.

“The UK announced over £10 million of new funding to support long-term stability in Sri Lanka,” a statement said.

“These funds will support peacebuilding and dialogue; resettlement and rehabilitation of displaced communities; and engagement with institutions tasked with protecting the rule of law across the country,” Ahmad said.

“I know that many of these issues are close to your hearts, and vital for the future success of Sri Lanka.”

Ahmad met political and religious leaders from across Sri Lanka’s communities.

In his meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena they agreed on the importance of reconciliation, and the need for governments to play an active role in encouraging inter-community dialogue and tackling discrimination, the statement said.
(COLOMBO, 03 October 2019-sb)

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