A series of discussions have taken place in Singapore organized by the “In Transformation Initiative” (ITI) from South Africa, aimed at deepening of democracy and peace in Sri Lanka.
South African Deputy Foreign Minister Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim is the patron of ITI and it said that as part of the on-going dialogue process it had invited a group of different political and academic stakeholders to a meeting in Singapore from 31 August to 1 September 2013.
This is in keeping with various visits and engagements during the last 18 months organised by ITI to-and- from South Africa by Sri Lankan government ministers and senior officials, opposition and ruling party members, as well as other representative groups.
Various issues related to the achievement of the deepening of democracy, peace and social cohesion in Sri Lanka, were discussed.
Further visits are planned for a selection of grouping to South Africa for key Sri Lankan stakeholders to continue to study and observe the South Africa processes towards peace, reconciliation and justice. A visit is also planned for a group of South African academics to come to Colombo during October. (Colombo Gazette)