Canada urges all sides in Sri Lanka to engage in inclusive dialogue

Canada has urged all sides in Sri Lanka to engage in inclusive dialogue following the recent violence.

Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs said that Canada is deeply concerned by recent inter-communal violence in Sri Lanka, in which Muslims were targeted.

“Canada urges all sides to engage in inclusive dialogue and exercise restraint to ensure peace and stability. We call for an immediate end to hate and misinformation campaigns inciting sectarian violence,” she said.

She also said that Canada welcomes the Government of Sri Lanka’s condemnation of the violent acts.

Canada called on the Government to ensure the safety and security of all minorities, to protect human rights and fundamental freedoms for all and to hold those responsible for the violence accountable.

“As we said at the United Nations Human Rights Council last month, frustrations persist among those trying to heal the wounds of Sri Lanka’s civil war. Ensuring that diversity and pluralism are valued is critical to the work of reconciliation in Sri Lanka,” she said. (Colombo Gazette)