Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka GL Peiris held talks with his South African counterpart to discuss reconciliation rooted in local culture.
Issuing a statement, the Foreign Ministry said South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Dr. Naledi Pandor received Foreign Minister Peiris at the Permanent Mission of South Africa in New York, yesterday for a bilateral meeting, on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The Minister highlighted that Sri Lanka had closely looked at South Africa’s rich experience in the areas of reconciliation and truth, while noting that many aspects were particular to South Africa’s own national experience, Sri Lanka had carefully reflected on some aspects of this experience.
Minister Peiris briefed his South African counterpart about Sri Lanka’s own initiatives, including its own Office of Missing Persons and Office of Reparations and their contribution towards Sri Lanka’s post conflict development.
Meanwhile Minister Pandor highlighted that South Africa was pleased to share their experiences and lessons with countries looking to address post conflict issues.
Foreign Minister Peiris highlighted the need to adapt South Africa’s inspiring national experience to each country’s unique circumstances and challenges.