All must unite to overcome challenges against peace & reconciliation
[March 01 2018]
National Policy on
Reconciliation and Co existence
President Maithripala Sirisena says all must unite
together to conquer the challenges against the peace and reconciliation.
The President pointed out that the reconciliation is a spiritual
philosophy and in a society where spiritual values are not considered,
it is challenging to achieve targets sets in this regard. He further
said that it is the responsibility of all to fulfill respective duties
towards achieving this target.
President Sirisena made these remarks participating at
the launch of the “Thundenek” film produced by the Office for National
Unity and Reconciliation, along with launch of the National Policy on
Reconciliation and Co-existence, held at the Regal Cinema in Colombo,
The Office for National Unity and Reconciliation
prepared this National policy, fulfilling the need for a comprehensive
national policy which emphasizes the need of reconciliation, and this is
the first time that such a policy was launched.
The national policy for reconciliation and public co-
existence has been drafted taking into consideration the destruction and
damage caused to the society, security and the reputation of all the
citizens of Sri Lanka due to the socio- economic unrest including the
war and conflict that lasted three decades and with the fullest
commitment of the government to ensure that such conflicts would not
occur again, formulation of futuristic principles for reconciliation
with multiple approaches, under democracy, good governance, rights to
language and cultural heredity, guarantee and respect for human rights,
authority of law, national unity and diversity.
This policy statement was presented to President
Sirisena by the Director of Office of National Unity and Reconciliation
The film “Thundenek” co-directed by Prasanna Vithanage,
Vimukthi Jayasunadara, and Ashoka Handagama exhibits the tragedy of the
humankind going through the unrest caused by war and conflicts that
lasted 30 years.
This film is composed of three inter- connected short
stories with three parts. The film depicts the pain and sheer terror of
the individuals living today memorizing the lost members of families and
the terrifying experiences they had to undergo due to the war.
The film expects to give a message to the society by
depicting the aftershock caused during the war as well as trauma after
the war was over, lost of family members, pain and sufferings caused due
to the war and it emphasizes the imperative need to build a country
where all the Sri Lankans live in peace and harmony.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Chairperson of
the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, former President
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga and other State officers, experts,
artistes and other distinguished guests were present at this event.