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Launches fresh bottom-up mechanism

Improve people-to-people relationship 

The Tamil Diaspora has stepped into assist with the reconciliation process of Sri Lanka where it has suggested a fresh people-to-people bottom-up approach.
Accordingly, the approach has been initiated in partnership with the Sarvodaya Shramadana movement in Sri Lanka.

The Global Tamil Forum (GTF) recently assisted the flood-affected people in several districts of the country along with Sarvodaya.

GTF spokesperson, Suren Surendiran speaking to the Nation said the move to help the people was a rapid humanitarian response to the needs of desperate people.

“One of the objectives is also to build bridges between the Tamil and Sinhala communities, and to unite the communities through health and healing,” he said.

He said such a move was important to build a people-to-people relationship in the country whereby uniting the Tamils and the Sinhalese.

“This is an important, critical first step in a fresh bottom-up, inclusive, people-to-people reconciliation initiative carried out by the GTF in partnership with the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement,” he added.

Speakiing further, he also the GTF backed a solution under an undivided country and would also come forward to contribute to the country’s economic development.

“There are numerous ways the Tamil Diaspora can support in building a peaceful and successful Sri Lanka. Economic and social empowerment is fundamentally important for any community to succeed and particularly a war affected community to revive. Even small scale investments with a view of creating jobs in the North and the East will help revive the community.”