ONUR says Sri Lanka is still looking for answers after years of war

The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) says Sri Lanka is still looking for answers, even after long years of conflict.

The Director General of ONUR, M. S. Jayasinghe, speaking during the International Steering Committee of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts held in Colombo said that reconciliation is also a spiritual philosophy and in a society where spiritual values are not considered, it is even more challenging to achieve the targets set in this regard.

He said that it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to commit themselves to fulfil their duty towards achieving this target.

While explaining the duties of ONUR, he pointed out that ONUR was set up with a mandate to achieve national unity and reconciliation as it was a key commitment of 2015 Presidential campaign. To give effect to this commitment, the Government of Sri Lanka established this organization.

“ONUR is responsible for formulation and coordinating the implementation of the policies and programmes to build national unity and reconciliation. ONUR’s principle role is to ensure a long-lasting peace through non-recurrence of the factors which lead to an armed conflict. We all have a role to play in ensuring the prevention of armed conflict at all levels. It is not something the Government alone can do.” he added.

He also stated that “We in Sri Lanka are still looking for answers. Even after long years of conflict, where everyone in our country irrespective of race, religion, and language has suffered, and we, as a nation, have all suffered collectively. But, unfortunately, some in our country still refuse to look at what unites us as human beings and work together for our common good”

In conclusion, it was highlighted that ONUR has been working according to a roadmap on National Unity and a multi-pronged approach to achieving national unity is important in the Sri Lankan context. In this regard, the process of building National Unity and Reconciliation in Sri Lanka is connected to many aspects affecting lives of people, whether they are from the North, South, East or West of the country. (Colombo Gazette)