RCSS-CSA Seminar on “Sri Lanka: Post-Conflict Rebuilding of Society”
Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
“Sri Lanka: Post-Conflict Rebuilding of Society”
RCSS in collaboration with The Centre for Security Analysis (CSA) organized a seminar titled “Sri Lanka: Post-Conflict Rebuilding of Society” on the 27-28th of September 2011 at the Cinnamon Lakeside hotel. The seminar was the third in a series of yearly joint conferences on the theme of Sri Lanka’s conflict, organized by the CSA and RCSS since 2009.
The two day conference bought together a number of distinguished academics, senior civil servants and diplomats from India and Sri Lanka. The seminar focused on current challenges encountered in the post conflict rebuilding process, such as the socio-economic challenges, the challenges of harmonizing ethnic diversity and the political challenges encountered in the rebuilding process with respect to the above mentioned themes.
Prof. Tissa Vitarana, Senior Minister for Science and Technology was the Chief Guest at the event. Prof. Vitarana in his key note address emphasized the need for all communities to work out a rational set of actions in a friendly manner without any hostility, if the country is to reap the full-benefits of defeating terrorism. Among the other distinguished speakers at the event were, Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, M.P, and Advisor to H.E the President on reconciliation, Mr. S.B Divaratne, Secretary, Presidential Task Force for Resettlement, Development and Security in the Northern Province, Amb. G. Parthasarathy, Former Indian Diplomat, Dr. N. Manoharan, Senior Fellow, Centre for Land & Warfare Studies, New Delhi, Mr. N. Selvakumaran, Dean Faculty of Law, University of Colombo & and Dr. Saman Kelegama- Executive Director- Institute of Policy Studies.
The event was well attended by a number of distinguished academics, members of the diplomatic community and civil society members.