Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Tilak Janaka Marapana will give a keynote speech at the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute on 18th July 2018, 19.00 on the topic of “National Reconciliation in Sri Lanka: An Example for Conflict Solution Worldwide” to enlighten leaders, intellectuals and interested persons about this highly eminent topic from a Sri Lankan perspective.
To counter the destruction and damage caused to Sri-Lankan society by war and conflict lasting the last 30 years, the National Policy for Reconciliation and Public Co-existence has been created with the fullest commitment of the Sri Lankan government. This policy seeks to ensure that such conflicts will never happen again and promotes formulation of futuristic principles for reconciliation with multiple approaches, good governance, rights to language and cultural heredity, guarantees for human rights, authority of law and national unity and diversity. In this keynote address Tilak Janak Marapana will discuss the importance of National Reconciliation in Sri Lanka and the lessons learned that are applicable globally.
The 40-minute speech will be followed by a drinks reception with canapes and opportunities for networking.
Tilak Janak Marapana, PC, MP is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Development of Assignments. He is a Member of Parliament Appointed from the national list and had served as Minister of Law and Order, Prison Reforms from September 2015 to November 2015. Earlier he was the Minister of Defence (2001 – 2003) and Minister of Transport, Highways and Aviation (2002 – 2004). He is the only non-Presidential or Prime Ministerial holder of the portfolio of Defence. A lawyer by profession and a President’s Counsel, he had served as a government prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Department for twenty six years, serving as Solicitor General and Attorney General.