British HC in Sri Lanka says absence of war does not mean peace

Sept 21, Colombo: The British High Commissioner in Colombo John Rankin has said that the absence of war does not mean that peace has achieved and it is important to reflect both on the importance of peace and the challenges to achieving it.

The High Commissioner has made these remarks at an event hosting an art festival involving over 50 Sri Lankan school children to mark the International Day of Peace on Wednesday.

“On Peace Day, I think it is important to reflect both on the importance of peace and the challenges to achieving it. The absence of war does not automatically mean that peace has been achieved peace means different things to different people,” he has said.

“But I am sure we can all agree that the inclusivity, trust and respect are essential to creating and maintaining peace,” the official has added reiterating his government’s commitment to reduce conflict around the world.

According to the High Commission, the children who participated in the art festival in Colombo represented all religions and ethnic groups and came from a range of schools in the Colombo district.

The children had the chance to meet the British High Commissioner and tour inside the High Commission premises.

The High Commissioner has expressed his delight to celebrate the World Peace Day with the children. “They are Sri Lankas future,” he has commented.

Meanwhile, the second in command at the HC, Deputy High Commissioner, Robbie Bulloch, has visited a number of religious sites in the Puttalam and Mannar districts on the World Peace Day.

Commenting on his visit to IDP camps in Puttalam, Bulloch has said that visiting displaced Muslim families in Puttalam is a reminder that all communities in all parts of the island were affected by the conflict.

“On World Peace Day, I am hopeful and confident that Sri Lanka’s different communities can work together for a harmonious and prosperous future, the Deputy High Commissioner has said.

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