Sri Lanka has designated the year 2023 as a pivotal year for promoting reconciliation, recovery, and national unity, according to a statement released by the Foreign Ministry on Monday, coinciding with Commonwealth Day.
On 13 March 2023, State Minister of Foreign Affairs Tharaka Balasuriya raised the Commonwealth of Nations Flag for Peace, joined by Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Aruni Wijewardane and officials from the Ministry, as a representation of Sri Lanka’s commitment to the shared principles and values of the Commonwealth.
The initiative to hoist the Commonwealth of Nations Flag for Peace, as a collective pledge to maintain peace, is a project launched by the Commonwealth Secretariat in line with this year’s theme, “Forging a Sustainable and Peaceful Common Future.” This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Commonwealth Charter’s signing.
During his speech, State Minister Balasuriya expressed his appreciation for the initiative and thanked the organization for its efforts in promoting peace and prosperity worldwide. He also stated that Sri Lanka, as a founding member of the Commonwealth, welcomed the initiative.
In her introductory remarks, Foreign Secretary Wijewardane emphasized the importance of the initiative for Sri Lanka, which had experienced years of conflict. She further noted that Sri Lanka has identified 2023 as the year of reconciliation, recovery, and national unity, underlining the relevance of the initiative for Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka’s participation in the Commonwealth Day celebration highlights the country’s commitment to the principles of peace and unity, as espoused by the organization. The occasion presents an opportunity for Sri Lanka to reinforce its dedication to promoting peace, both nationally and globally.