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Canadian PM offers support to accountability process in Sri Lanka

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today offered Canada’s full support to the Government of Sri Lanka and those working to ensure that efforts towards reconciliation, non-recurrence, peace, and justice on the island are realized, and that international and domestic commitments on accountability, transitional justice, and ending impunity are met.

In a statement issued today to mark the ninth anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka Justin Trudeau said that the wounds of the war linger as the survivors seek answers for their loss.

“Today, we mark the ninth anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka. The war – which lasted over 26 years – resulted in immeasurable injuries, loss of life, and displacement. The wounds of this war linger as the survivors seek answers for their loss, including family members and loved ones who have disappeared,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that over the past nine years, he has met many Tamil-Canadians personally affected by the war and their stories are a solemn reminder of the need to attain lasting peace and true reconciliation.

“I reiterate my call to the Government of Sri Lanka to establish a process of accountability that has the trust and confidence of the survivors. Canada offers its full support to the Government of Sri Lanka and those working to ensure that efforts towards reconciliation, non-recurrence, peace, and justice on the island are realized, and that international and domestic commitments on accountability, transitional justice, and ending impunity are met,” he said.

The Canadian Prime Minister extended his deepest sympathy to Canadians of Tamil descent, and all victims of the armed conflict and their families.

He also invited all Canadians to take time to recognize the important contributions that Tamil-Canadians make to Canada and the adversity they have overcome. (Colombo Gazette)

9 Comments for “Canadian PM offers support to accountability process in Sri Lanka”

  1. Gamarala

    It was not only the Tamils that were effected.

  2. Nimal Tissa Wijethunga

    Canadian Prime Minister,

    It was a war against LTTE Terrorists who challenged the writ the democratically elected Government of Sri Lanka and whoever killed were LTTE Terrorist combatant.

    The above is a legitimate right of an Government in the Eorld including the Canadian Government.

    If they start once again, LTTE Terorists or anybody will get same annihilation as last time.

    Besides, this is an internal problem of Sri Lanka and you have nothing to do with it or giving us advises how to govern Sri Lanka and therefore urged to stay within your boundaries.

  3. Anu Liyanage

    How about justice for Native indigenous people in Canada?

  4. wannihami

    Looking for Scarborough votes are we mate?

  5. Namal Perera

    Do not be another Paul Martin and support Terrorism in another Country and get wiped out in your own Country.

  6. wijelion

    THANKS BUT NO THANKS.. BETTER MIND YOUR OWN AFFAIR , PERHAPS LOOK FOR VAN KILLERS

  7. David Milli-banda

    What is the hidden agenda????????
    Offer supports to gain Canadian Diaspora votes.
    Offering sweet music to the ears of the Canadian diaspora.

    Democracy with a Twich or an Itch ??????
    Following the labour leader in the UK.

    Disgraceful democracy preachers.

  8. Buddhdasa

    I would request the PM of Canada to look after the Canadians and Canadian affairs.. It seems he is on a mission to win the Tamil vote in Canada , out doing the Sri Lankan government efforts to live as a sovereign nation. No thank you Mr Trudeau.

  9. lion1

    This is a Prime Minister who has stooped to the lowest in his efforts to win voters

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