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SL missions to play greater role

Aug 11, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Senior diplomat and one time Chief of the Peace Secretariat Bernard Goonatilake yesterday said that offspring of Sri Lankans who left the country have never come to their Motherland and they are in the forefront of agitation against Sri Lanka. According to Goonatilake, they have no idea of the history of the conflict nor what is going on in Sri Lanka. He was of the view that these younger members of the expatriate community could be radicalized by the groups in such countries and Sri Lanka will have to face the repercussions. Goonatilake was of the opinion that Sri Lankan missions in foreign countries have a greater role in enhancing co-operation with the Sri Lankan expatriates in foreign countries. Goonatilake was giving evidence before the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission which started public hearings at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Centre, Colombo. The eight-member Commission will record evidence from diplomats, intellectuals and prominent figures in society for seven days.   Read more:www.dailynews.lk/2010/08/12/news01.asp