Sri Lanka invited to visit Chechnya for post war experience

_85037623_chechnya_grozny_1996_gSri Lanka has been invited to visit Chechnya to learn how the former war zone is recovering and rebuilding.

Russia’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alexander Karchava said he had put forward the proposal to former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.

Kumaratunga is heading a task force on reconciliation and Karchava said he proposed to her that Sri Lanka send a delegation to Chechnya to learn about how the city is rebuilding after war.

“If Sri Lanka is interested we can arrange the visit,” Karchava  said at a media briefing in Colombo today.

After a decade of unsuccessfully fighting for independence, Chechnya is now firmly under the control of a Russian-appointed leader.

The Ambassador asserted that Russia will not interfere in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs and how Sri Lanka addresses concerns over the war is upto the Sri Lankan Government.

He recalled that Russia has in the past voted against resolution submitted against Sri Lanka at the UN Haman Rights Council.

The Ambassador said that Russia stands for any conflict situation to be resolved peacefully. (Colombo Gazette)


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