Healing wounds greatest challenge
Sep 23, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Sri Lanka recognizes the challenges we face, among the greatest of which is healing the wounds of the recent past, said President Mahinda Rajapaksa addressing the 64th United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday.
To this end, earlier this year, a Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission has been established, giving full expression to the principles of accountability, he added.
The President opined that the rebuilding and healing process should be home grown and the international community should take a practical approach to develop in partnership with Sri Lanka through international trade, investment and capacity building.
Referring to the proliferation of terrorism through out the world, he questioned the capacity of current international humanitarian law to meet contemporary needs.
"It must be remembered that such law evolved essentially in response to conflicts waged by the forces of legally constituted States, and not terrorist groups. The asymmetrical nature of conflicts initiated by non-state actors gives rise to serious problems which need to be considered in earnest by the international community."
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