Incidents of extremism have been condemned by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and legal measures have been taken against the perpetrators, the newly appointed Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Sri Lanka to UNESCO, Professor Karunaratne Hangawatte said.
The Ambassador expressed the need for all community members to come together for the advancement of their motherland irrespective of ethnic and religious diversities or different political ideologies.
He said this when leaders of cultural, educational, welfare, sports, youth and political associations in Paris gathered at the Embassy of Sri Lanka to meet and greet him, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Paris said.
He assured the representatives of associations that each and every one would be treated equally by him and that the same interest and concern would be displayed to all. “It is of no concern to me,” the Ambassador insisted “which religious or political convictions you share as long as we can work together to advance the interests of Sri Lanka.”
Addressing questions submitted to him by Sri Lankan associations, Ambassador Hangawatte detailed some of the short term and long term plans to promote Sri Lanka’s culture in France. He gave examples of traditional art, handicraft, photography and sculptures which could be promoted through exhibitions while adding that cultural similarities between multi ethnic communities in Sri Lanka could be highlighted through diverse forms of performing art such as music, dance and cinema, focusing on the goal of strengthening peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)